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Straight Outta St. Johns
A Special Oregon Encyclopedia History Night

Nov. 2, 2014, 7 p.m. “Straight Outta St. Johns: Rap from the City’s Edge” Presented by Illmaculate, Glenn Waco, Mic Capes, Egbevado Ananouko, Casey Parks, and Beth Nakamura

at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland, Oregon

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Join The Oregon Encyclopedia for a special event on the history of rap music in Portland. Writer Casey Parks, the author of “Straight Outta St ...

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Donation Land Claim
Oregon History 101: Third Day of Class

Nov. 3, 2014, 7 p.m. "How the Donation Land Act Created the State of Oregon and Influenced Its History." Presented by David Johnson

at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland, Oregon

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The Oregon Donation Land Law, passed by Congress in 1850, divided land into square plots that are still visible on the western Oregon landscape. The ...

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