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Oregon State University: 150 Years As Oregon's Land-Grant Institution


Since its founding in 1868, Oregon State University's mission has been to be a school for the people of the state, offering research, outreach and instruction to residents in every county.

Photo: Oregon State University Library, Special Collections & Archive Research Center

From historical biographies to issues and events that have shaped our state, “Oregon Experience” is an exciting television series co-produced by OPB and the Oregon Historical Society. The series explores Oregon’s rich past and helps all of us — from natives to newcomers — gain a better understanding of the historical, social and political fabric of our state.

Each show brings to life fascinating characters — both familiar and forgotten — who’ve played key roles in building our state into the unique place we call home.


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Oregon State University: 150 Years As Oregon's Land-Grant Institution

OPB | Broadcast: June 11, 2018

Since its founding in 1868, Oregon State University's mission has been to be a school for the people of the state, offering research, outreach and instruction to residents in every county.

Fort Vancouver: A Historic Trade Post Of The Pacific Northwest

OPB | Broadcast: May 21, 2018

At one time, the largest landowner in North America was the Hudson's Bay Company, a vast British trading enterprise. In the early 1800s, Fort Vancouver served as the HBC headquarters in the Oregon Country employing hundreds of people from over 35 different ethnic groups. This unique, vibrant, multicultural community prevailed for more than 20 years. Fort Vancouver is the story of the people, the place and the changes that the Hudson's Bay Company brought to the Pacific Northwest.

'The Vietnam War Oregon Remembers'

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 2, 2017

"The Vietnam War Oregon Remembers" illuminates widely divergent viewpoints of a volatile time in American and Oregon history. 

Broken Treaties, An Oregon Experience

OPB | Broadcast: March 20, 2017

"Broken Treaties" introduces viewers to Oregon's Native American tribes and explores a thread of the Oregon story that hasn't been told very well over the years.

Massacre At Hells Canyon

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 23, 2017

Hells Canyon is the site of what may be the worst massacre of Chinese by whites in U.S. history. For more than 100 years, evidence of the murders was hidden away, and the story long forgotten.

Vanport

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 14, 2016

During the early 1940s, Vanport, Oregon, was the second largest city in the state. But on a Sunday afternoon in May 1948, it disappeared completely — destroyed by a catastrophic flood. 

Darcelle XV

OPB | Broadcast: June 20, 2016

Darcelle XV is the West Coast’s oldest performing female impersonator, and operates what is likely the nation’s longest running drag revue.

Portland Jazz Back in the Day

OPB | Broadcast: April 25, 2016

Jazz Town examines the vibrant, post-World War II eruption of music and nightlife in North and Northeast Portland. A colorful and significant chapter in the city’s cultural narrative, this short-lived period is largely unknown to many Oregonians.

Thomas Condon: Of Faith and Fossils

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 22, 2016

Irish immigrant Thomas Condon was a Congregational minister and Oregon's first state geologist. 

The Jewish Frontier

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 25, 2016

Oregon's Jewish pioneers were among the region's first settlers. Arriving with the gold miners, they came for a better life away from persecution. In the process, they helped build the businesses and civic organizations that shaped the state.

Vilma Silva on Shakespeare's work: "Claim it. It's yours."

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 19, 2015

Vilma Silva on Shakespeare's work: "Claim it. It's yours."

Scott Kaiser on Translating Shakespeare into... English.

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 19, 2015

OSF's Scott Kaiser on translating Shakespeare into... English.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 19, 2015

Oregon Experience explores the origins and the evolution of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Murder On The Southern Pacific

OPB | Broadcast: May 4, 2015

In 1923, a Southern Oregon train holdup sparked one of the nation’s largest manhunts and helped established modern criminal forensics.

Portland Civil Rights: Lift Ev'ry Voice

OPB | Broadcast: April 21, 2015

Lift Ev’ry Voice explores Portland’s African-American history with a focus on the turbulent 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s. At the time, issues surrounding urban renewal, school desegregation and brittle police relations were exploding both nationally and locally.

Astoria

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 26, 2015

Founded in 1811 by wealthy fur baron John Jacob Astor, Astoria is the oldest United States settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Learn more about the multifaceted history of this city and where those two centuries of activity have brought Astoria today.

State of Jefferson

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 29, 2014

Southern Oregon and Northern California make up the mythical State of Jefferson. The “state” is the product of local lore, regional identity, and pride for its residents. It remains a symbol of an enduring rural-urban divide. Now, some are working to make it the 51st official state.

Luther Cressman, Quest For First People

OPB | Broadcast: April 30, 2014

A new Oregon Experience examines an Oregon man’s lifelong search for America’s first people. 

Ken Kesey: An Oregon Life

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 3, 2014

Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) and Sometimes a Great Notion (1964), was one of the best-known authors to ever emerge from Oregon. Airing January 20 at 9 p.m.  

Portland Noir

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 26, 2013

From shanghaied sailors to opium dens, Portland’s illicit past is legendary. But how much of it is true?  Portland Noir examines Old Town’s sordid history.