Here at the OAHS we are always excited to learn something new about Oregon aviation history. There is so much information out there and so little time to do research, so anytime someone presents new information, we simply have to share it! One area that we have not had much information on is that of the Chinese-American aviators in the Portland area. Lucky for us, and for you, that the Northwest China Council has a new exhibit at the Multnomah County Central Library in Portland that illustrates much of this history through photos, letters, and artifacts.
Co-curated by Dr. Ann Wetherell, Portland State University, and Jim Carmin, John Wilson Special Collections librarian, the exhibit has been granted access to materials from the Multnomah County Library, Oregon Historical Society, Portland City Archives, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Oregon Aviation Historical Museum, Museum of Chinese in America, and several private collections. Having seen a few of the items myself, I’m certainly looking forward to the exhibit!
The exhibit will be located in the Collins Gallery, on the 3rd Floor of the Multnomah County Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue in Portland, and will run from August 30 through October 28. The Opening Reception is scheduled for Wed., Sept. 5, 6-7:30 PM
and is open to the public.
For more information on the event, you can visit the Northwest China Council website or the Multnomah County Library website. I learned a lot in the short time I spent with Dr. Wetherell, and I’m certain that visitors to the exhibit will find it both interesting and enlightening.