Earlier this week, I did a short story about the fact that a water color painting (above) that had been on display at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Portland for a couple of decades had been donated to the Oregon Historical Society because the hotel’s bistro was being redecorated.

It’s a fun painting by the late Bill Papas, showing some of the more influential people in Portland in the mid 1990s. In the fanciful work, everyone is placed as if they had gathered at the corner of Southwest Broadway and Morrison Street. Several of Portland’s landmark buildings can be seen behind them.

The story noted that the painting was now on display at the historical society and gave a few other details. But as one reader noted, there was no “key” to indicate who all the people — more than 50 of them — might be.

So I sent a note to Rachel Randles, the communications specialist at OHS, and she has since provided me with a key that has nearly all the names. To read them, click on the “view larger” button in the version of the painting embedded in the story. She also noted that two of the people — Nos. 53 and 54 — were not listed in the key so she sent out messages for help. Since then, she’s identified No. 53 as Ray Mathis.

What about No. 54? We’re still waiting. If you have an idea, send it along to me and Rachel at [email protected]

Speaking of OHS, it has, as usual, a series of events coming up for those interested in the history of Portland, Oregon and the region. Here’s a few to consider:

* Thursday, Jan. 22: A panel discussion on the OHS exhibit “Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape.” A panel of artists featured in exhibit will talk about “their inspiration, techniques, and how their works frame the Oregon landscape.” Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., at 6:30 p.m. This is a member event and RSVP is required by Jan. 20.

*Monday, Jan. 26: History Pub: C.E.S. Wood: Romancing Freedom.” OHS describes this event as follows: “Soldier, attorney, poet, raconteur, artist, and art patron, Charles Erskine Scott Wood was one of Oregon’s most colorful citizens. A friend of Chief Joseph, Clarence Darrow, Emma Goldman, and Mark Twain, Wood’s romance with freedom made him a passionate defender of civil liberties and a leading progressive voice of early 20th century America.” The presentation, by Laurence Cotton and Tim Barnes, is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. at the theater in Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.

* Monday, Feb. 2: Oregon History 101: “Social Movements, Citizenship, and Civil Liberties: Oregon Women and Progressive Era Reform and Reaction (1890s to World War I).” Dr. Kimberly Jensen, professor of History and Gender Studies at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, discusses the many challenges that women faced in Oregon 100 years ago. This event is also free and open to the public and also being held at 7 p.m. at the theater in Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m.

— John Killen
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