The American Association of University Women Lake Oswego branch will hold a meeting about women’s impact on history at 10 a.m. Feb. 8 at Oswego Heritage House, 398 Tenth St., Lake Oswego.

The public is invited to attend the free program, “Perspectives from the Archives: African American and Japanese American Women in Oregon History,” presented by Patricia Schechter, professor of history at Portland State University and two of her students, Marti Clemmons and Meg Langford. The trio will give a visual presentation of their findings on how African American and Japanese American women have had impacts on Oregon.

Schechter specializes in U.S. women’s history and is coordinator of the Office of Public and Oral History at PSU. With her students and community partners, she has coordinated several community projects such as a visual history for the centennial of the Portland YWCA.

With Melody Rose and Avel Louise Gordly, Schechter coauthored Gordly’s memoir, “Remembering the Power of Words: The Life of an Oregon Activist, State Legislator and Community Leader.” Gordly was the first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate.

For additional information on the program and AAUW contact JoAnn Siebe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-608-2444.

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