Oregon Historical Society Museum

“Oregon Yours Mine Ours”

Location:

Portland, Oregon

Scope of Work:

Interpretive Planning, Conceptual, Schematic and Detailed Design, Fabrication and Installation supervision.

Project Budget:

$890.000

Completed:

July 2004

Fabricator:

Maltbie Associates

Media:

Sockeye Creative Inc.

Exhibit Area:

7,100 sq. ft. / 659.6 sq. m.

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–Marsha Takayanagi Matthews, Director/ Artifact Collections & Exhibits
Oregon Yours Mine Ours is composed of twelve sections with more than 50 separate displays that tell the story of Oregon with artifacts, artwork, photographs, documents, audio visual presentations, and hands-on displays for children.

Our design features large showcases containing numerous artifacts and images: recreations of naturalist David Douglas’ camp on Sauvie Island; a Hudson’s Bay Company trade ship with cargo, and the Yasui Brothers Japanese storefront. The conclusion gallery features an award-winning interactive media presentation on contemporary Oregon issues set in a 1950’s era coffee shop.


The AAM Media and Technology Committee awarded Silver for the Modern Oregon Issues production. The judges said: “This video production showed many engaging stories from Oregonians. The designers did a nice job in recreating a small town cafe where folks would discuss events of the day, with video-interview selections chosen through a simulated jukebox. The most exciting part of this program was the fact that it tackled contemporary issues. All too often these issues are ignored in museums as they may be too politically sensitive or too recent for historians or museum administrators to see their relevance. Judges were pleased to see the museum willing to make this a priority in order to better inform their citizens and to present opposing viewpoints on issues. Overall, it did a nice job in providing a diversity of opinions. Audio and image quality were commendable.”

This exhibit also won the 2005 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.