Here we go again! Back in December, we ran a Kickstarter campaign for Know Your City: Portland's Social History App. While we didn't reach our goal, we've since received funding from Oregon Arts Commission, Travel Portland and the Regional Arts & Culture Council....and we need your help to raise the difference. Let's do this!!!
Know Your City: Portland's Social History App will feature stories about people and places vital to the city's cultural heritage. Portland has been home to many ethnic groups and cultures — including Native American, African American, Chinese, Japanese, Greeks and Jews, among others. Because of urban development, some of these communities have little physical remnants of their neighborhoods. Consequently, many visiting Portland for the first time — and even those that have lived here many years — are unaware of the city's history. Know Your City will bring these stories to the surface through oral history, mapping and smart phone technology, as well as a corresponding Website.
The initial version of the project will feature 15-20 sites, such as:
• Goldenwest Hotel
• Oregon Jewish Museum
• Skidmore Fountain
• SW Stark (Portland’s gay history)
• Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
• Street Roots
• Huber’s Restaurant
• Cast Iron District
• Union Station
Each site will have photos and text, along with short audio clips with selected guest experts who will speak to the cultural significance of each place.
We have already raised $6,500 in foundation support...all we need is the remaining $3,000 in individual donations and we can make this free to everyone! Check out our great rewards to the right; more information on tour guides and other incentives follows. Thanks for supporting our work to broaden knowledge of Portland — past, present and future!
Carye Bye is author of Hidden Portland, a small-run artist guidebook that has sold more than 1,000 copies in its first year. An expert on museums and collections in Portland, she has led tours by foot and bicycle for more than 10 years. More info here.
Michael Munk is author of The Portland Red Guide and has published widely in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, The Portland Alliance and The Oregonian, which listed him among Portland's "local literary luminaries." More info here.
Art for the Millions pamphlet
Art for the Millions is a 28-page guided tour of Portland public works projects of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a federally-funded program that provided relief to millions of idle workers during the height of the Great Depression. More info here.
Northwest Passage book
Northwest Passage is an 88-page book and audio CD highlighting the history of Portland’s burgeoning independent music scene. More info here.
Oregon History Comics
Oregon History Comics is a box set of 10 comics telling little-known stories from our state's history. From women’s suffrage in Oregon to the tragic Vanport Flood to the legendary all-ages venue, the X-Ray Café, this box set presents oft-dry histories in an exciting and accessible format — through bold illustrations from some of Portland’s best and brightest comics illustrators. More info here.
WHO IS THE KNOW YOUR CITY TEAM?
Know Your City is a project by the Dill Pickle Club, in collaboration with:
App Designer & Developer: Matt Blair
Kickstarter Video Production: James Wilson
Kickstarter Video Music: Copy
Audio Producer: Elias Foley
Project Illustrator: Kate Bingaman-Burt
Project design and promotion: Julianna Johnson and Kate Giambrone
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