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Oregon Historical Society Holiday Cheer event crowd
By The Skanner News
Published: 05 December 2019

Support a local holiday tradition at the Oregon Historical Society’s 52nd annual Holiday Cheer, a festive book sale & literary celebration on Sunday, December 8.

Attendees can meet 80 Oregon authors and make a dent in their holiday shopping by picking up the perfect gift. Holiday Cheer begins at noon at the Oregon Historical Society, located at 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland. Authors will be signing until 4 p.m. Admission is free to both the book sale and to visit museum exhibits.

For over half a century, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated our state’s rich literary talents at this kick-off to the holiday season. This year, some of the Pacific Northwest’s most noted authors will be in the museum selling everything from children’s books to guidebooks to mysteries to histories. All featured authors have published a book in 2019, though many will also have past titles available.

Notable local authors in attendance include:

  • Children’s authors Eric Kimmel, Elizabeth Rusch, and Dawn Babb Prochovnic
  • Former Oregon representative Les AuCoin
  • It’s Different Every Day Calendar creators Brooke Barker and Boaz Frankel
  • New York Times best-selling novelist Kristina McMorris
  • Oregon’s official tour guide, Gerry Frank
  • And, the Guinness World Record holder for “oldest performing drag queen,” the one and only Darcelle XV (Walter Cole)

Types of books available include guides for exploring Oregon’s outdoors, locally-based thrillers and mysteries, works for kids that highlight Portland’s love of biking, and more. View a full list of participating authors at ohs.org/holidaycheer.

The Dickens Carolers will be strolling through the museum performing lively holiday songs from 1p.m. –2 p.m. Santa Claus will also be on site for free photos in the Meier & Frank Santaland exhibit, featuring a display of items including Rudolph, Santa’s throne, and a model of the iconic monorail.

Admission to Holiday Cheer is free, and all museum exhibits will be open from Noon to 5pm, including Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences during World War II.

About the Oregon Historical Society: For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

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