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Fifty years of college's relics can be viewed through mid-June

A half-century's worth of artifacts from life at Portland Community College will be on display this winter and spring at the Oregon Historical Society.

The exhibit, 'PCC: 50 Years of Education Revolution,' opened Tuesday and continues through Sunday, June 17 at OHS, 1200 SW Park Ave. in Portland. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

PCC is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, and the OHS display fetes that milestone. The exhibit features founding president Dr. Amo DeBernardis' original desk and many of his artifacts, including a gavel he made in his woodworking shop (still used today by the PCC board of directors) and a concrete test core from the first building built at the Rock Creek Campus.

The core symbolized his struggle with politicians, local governments and his own board of directors in getting Rock Creek built in Washington County. With his own corner of the exhibit, 'Dr. De' symbolized much of the exhibit's theme by his tireless fight to establish the college and make it open and accessible to students across all socioeconomic strata.

There will also be a comprehensive and colorful PCC timeline and lots of stories about the college's philosophy and people from its past.

Displays showing how PCC students looked in the 1960s, including a nursing outfit, the first female auto technician instructor uniform (specially made), and fire science and emergency medic gear.

Plus, people can see tools of the trade from the PCC radiography lab and look at interactive two-dimensional View-Masters that show the college in its infancy.

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