Of soccer and suffrage
Soccer and suffrage.
You might think that these two subjects don't have anything in common, but you'd be wrong. Both are the subjects of new exhibits at the Oregon Historical Society.
The Oregon Historical Society is excited to welcome summer visitors to explore its two new exhibits, telling the stories of professional soccer and women's suffrage in Oregon.
Portland entered the professional soccer world in 1975 when the Timbers took the field at Civic Stadium for the first time — and the city fell in love. The now two-time National Women's Soccer League champion Portland Thorns played their first season in 2013, and Portland's love of soccer has only continued to grow.
A History of Soccer in Portland, open through Sept. 26, explores the history of professional soccer in Portland and the cultural context of the game. Don't miss the chance to take a photo with a chainsaw on loan from Timber Joey.
Oregon Historical Society
Address: 1200 S.W. Park Ave., Portland
New Exhibits: "A History of Soccer in Portland" and "Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women's Voting Rights and the Nineteenth Amendment."
Also open now is the new exhibit "Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women's Voting Rights and the Nineteenth Amendment."
Today, women occupy five of Oregon's six elected statewide offices — but women's fight to gain access to the ballot was long and complicated. "Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women's Voting Rights and the Nineteenth Amendment" is open through Dec. 5 and tells the story of the 40-year fight for women's suffrage in Oregon and shows the many ways Oregon history connects to the national history of American democracy.
And visitors to OHS can feel safe and comfortable — OHS has implemented COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety and health of its staff and visitors. Visit ohs.org/reopening to learn more and for current hours.