08 30 2015
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The Wake of Vanport
Bridging The Electronic Generation Gap

Even as technology seems to propel our society faster into the future every day, the same tools that bind us to satellites, circuit boards and handheld screens are making it easier to reach into the past.
This year, The Skanner's Black History Month Special Edition is devoted to online resources for exploring the rich histories that have too often been hidden from us. Whether your interest is local, regional or national history, it's never been easier to find photographs, genealogies, books, blurbs, videos, even interactive databases that work like games – all devoted to educating the community, and the world, about the crucial contributions made to society by our own ancestors. . . .

Energy Trust of Oregon, Housing Authority of Portland, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health Systems, Lincoln City, McDonald's, Morgan Distributing - Budweiser, Pacific Corp, Pain Relief Specialists Northwest, Portland Development Commission, Port of Portland, Portland Bureau of Purchasing, Portland Public Schools, Portland Trail Blazers, Providence Health System, Trimet, Turner Construction, U.S. Army, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo Bank . . . [see below for all their links]

Of all the electronic resources available for anyone interested in Black history, www.BlackPast.org is the richest gold mine on the planet. Developed by University of Washington history professor Dr. Quintard Taylor – the foremost historian of African Americans and African descendents in the West – BlackPast.org has attracted millions of visitors to its hundreds of free and easily-searched features since its launch in 2005. "Our mission is to provide as much information as we can on the historical experiences of African Americans and of people of African ancestry all around the globe, to as many people as are interested and who have computer access," . . .

It's never been easier to find photographs, videos, articles and more about Black History on the web. Here is a guide sure to interest people of all ages.
Black Past, www.blackpast.org
The Northwest African American Museum, www.naamnw.org
Oregon Historical Society, www.ohs.org
The Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/
The End of the Oregon Trail Museum, www.historicoregoncity.org
The Washington State Historical Society, www.washingtonhistory.org
The Washington State University Black Oral History Project, http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/holland/masc/xblackoralhistory.html. . . .

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