In Her Steps: African American Women, 1900-1940 is a dynamic student presentation of heritage sites that celebrates the accomplishments of early Portland’s African American women. This presentation will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about African American women and their connections to local heritage sites, on self-guided tours, and to share with others.
This student presentation will exhibit the map’s heritage sites and the women who made significant contributions to Portland’s history. The map’s heritage sites will include locations in north, northeast, northwest, and southwest Portland. Its primary focus is on local women’s organizations and individuals such as Beatrice Morrow Cannady, Kathryn Bogle, the Colored Women’s Club, and the Williams Avenue YWCA.
This event is scheduled for Sunday, March 17, 2013, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The program will begin at 3:00 in the Portland State University Multicultural Center, room 228 in the Smith Memorial Building, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201. The event is free and open to the public.
Monumental Women Senior Capstone students explore and document the ways that women are memorialized and remembered for their contributions to the cultural, educational, economic, and civic development of the city of Portland. Encompassing the entire history of Portland, students have the opportunity to research and write about a historical or contemporary woman, women's organization, or develop ways to expand the educational potential of this web site to the broader community. During the term, students are introduced to historical research and writing that culminates in a final class public history program.
The 2013 Monumental Women Senior Capstone focuses on significant African American women and women's organizations. Using materials from the PSU Special Collections, Oregon Historical Society, and other archives, students will create a heritage site map that will allow anyone to take a self-guided tour. The tour will include biographical information about the women who made important civic and cultural contributions to their community, the city of Portland, and the state of Oregon.
Student's completed projects are posted on the this webpage and our community partner's website, the Walk of the Heroines. The Walk of the Heroines is dedicated to honoring women in a cultural park on the Portland State University campus.
Each year student's create a walking tour of women's heritage sites titled In Her Steps. These sites are located around the Portland metropolitan area and the site map, and online map, contain biographies of the women or women's organizations as well as information about the heritage site.