Mystery passport in state hospital archive tells of laborer who slipped across border, found love

A bright red booklet caught Todd Shaffer’s eye as he was working through a stack of patient files. Shaffer, an archivist with the Oregon State Archives, said it’s not unusual to find surprises in the decades-old records of people committed to the state’s psychiatric hospital. But Johannes Blankrud’s file had[Read More…]

LOCAL HISTORY: Juneteenth offers opportunity to explore Salem’s Black history

The Oregon Black Pioneers memorial at Pioneer Cemetery in Salem (Courtesy/Friends of Pioneer Cemetery) This month we are celebrating Juneteenth, which is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. At their meeting on June 14, 2021 Salem’s Mayor and Council proclaimed June 19, 2021 as Juneteenth Independence Day.[Read More…]