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Rose Festival history is topic of First Wednesday Lecture

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - From left are David Rianda, depicting Harry Lane, who was mayor of Portland from 1905-1909; Candee Jones as Queen Thelma Hollingsworth, crowned the first queen of Rosaria in 1914; Portland Rose Festival Foundation Chief Operating Officer Marilyn Clint, Adeena Wade as Rosie the Riveter and Angel Ocasio, artistic director of the Portland Rose Festival. Oswego Heritage Council will present a living history presentation about Portlands Rose Festival May 4 as its First Wednesday Lecture.

Oswego Heritage Council will present a living history presentation of Portland’s Rose Festival as its First Wednesday Lecture May 4 at Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St., in Lake Oswego.

Since 2007, the Rose Festival Living History Program has presented the history of Portland and the Rose Festival to audiences of all ages through costumed characters and a historical curriculum.

The program features three people prominent in Portland history in the early to mid-1900s, including Portland Mayor Harry Lane; the first festival queen, Thelma Hollingsworth; and Rosie the Riveter.

The Rose Festival’s website, rosefestival.org, explains that “At the heart of Portland’s popular culture for more than a century, the Rose Festival has its roots in tradition, with inspired programming that embraces both the contemporary and the nostalgic.

Visionary city leaders started the festival during the first decade of the 20th century, to put Portland on the map and brand it ‘The Summer Capital of the World.’ Little did they know that more than a hundred summers later the Rose Festival would be world-famous — both for its remarkable, award-winning events and as a leader in celebrating community values like volunteerism, patriotism and environmentalism.”

Doors open at OHH at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments. The presentation will start at 7 p.m.

For more information contact Rose Festival Artistic Director Angel Ocasio or Rose Festival Chief Operating Office Marilyn Clint at 503-227-2681.