Places of Worship

Contributors: Shawna Gandy, Rachel Thomas, Jennifer Mundy

The Episcopal Church welcomes you! Four parishes offer a variety of worship experiences with good transit connections to the conference venue:


Grace Memorial, 1535 NE 17th Avenue,


St. Philip the Deacon, 120 NE Knott Street,


St. Michael and All Angels, 1704 NE 43rd Avenue, (services include Misa en español)


Trinity Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Avenue,


Check websites for summer service schedules.

You should be sure to include:

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral,


Congregation Beth Israel, (Anne Prahl at the Oregon Jewish Museum should be a great source for information about local synagogues)

It looks like the Muslim Community Center, holds Friday prayer at the Matt Dishman Community Center,

The closest Catholic church is Holy Rosary,, with occasional services following the  Dominican Rite in Latin.

Lewis & Clark, Watzek Library Special Collections Repository Tour

Repository Name: Lewis & Clark, Watzek Library Special Collections
Contact Name: Dr. Hannah Crummé
Contact Phone: 1.503.768.7259
Contact email:
Capacity: 20
Description: Please join us to explore some of the literary archives of Lewis & Clark College. We’ll consider the recently opened papers of Katherine Dunn, the extensive daily writings of William Stafford, and the poignant journals of Karl Marlantes, alongside many others.
Directions: We can be found on Lewis & Clark Campus, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, Portland, OR 97219. During the summer (mid-May through August), parking is free on the undergraduate campus. Reserved parking for disabled visitors is distributed throughout lots. Bicycle parking is also available at the library. Lewis & Clark can also be reached via TriMet, bus line 39. For schedule information, visit or call 503-238-7433.
Date and time: Wednesday, 26 July, 10:00am-12:00 noon

Reed College Special Collections & Archives Repository Tour

Repository Name: Reed College Special Collections & Archives
Contact Name: Laura Buchholz
Contact Phone: 503-517-7629
Contact Email:
Capacity: 15 people

Description: Come see treasures from Reed’s Special Collections & Archives. Highlights include letters from beat poets, antiquarian maps, calligraphy, and Simeon Reed’s fishing pole! Meet in the library lobby, just inside the north entrance of the library.
Directions: Reed is located in SE Portland, about a mile from the MAX Orange line. Go east up Bybee Blvd and then Woodstock Blvd, and turn left into the main entrance of Reed College. Or, take the 19 bus from the MAX station and get off on Woodstock and 34th. The library entrance is on the north side of the building.
Date: Wednesday 7/26
Time: The tour starts at 10 and will last about an hour. Visitors are welcome to stay after the tour to visit the rest of the library and the beautiful Reed canyon.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Repository Tour

Repository Name:  Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

724 NW Davis Street. Portland, OR 97209

Contact Name:       Anne LeVant Prahl

Contact Phone:      (503) 226-3600 #102

Contact Email:

Capacity:                 several hundred

Description:            Explore our museum with six inaugural exhibitions including art exhibits: Grisha Bruskin: Alefbet, Herman Brookman: Visualizing the Sacred, and history exhibits: Discrimination and Resistance; an Oregon Primer, Oregon Jewish Stories, and The Holocaust; and Oregon Perspective. Tour our community repository, containing the collective documentary history of the Jews of Oregon.

Directions:                 GREEN line MAX from Convention Center to NW 5th and Couch. Walk 2 blocks west on Davis Street to 724 (corner of the Park Blocks)

Date and Time:     Open house Tuesday, July 25, 3:00-5:00

Website:                 www.

City of Portland Archives & Records Center

Repository tour information below!

Repository Name: City of Portland Archives & Records Center (PARC).

Contact Name: Diana Banning

Contact Phone: 503-865-4100

Contact Email:

Capacity:  30

Description: The City of Portland Archives & Records Center is the official repository for records created by City agencies and dates back to 1851.  Due to Portland’s innovative approach to issues like urban planning, parks, alternative transportation, and neighborhood involvement, the collections draw researchers from around the world.   PARC’s new facility opened in 2010 and the 5th floor Research Room provides a stunning view of the city.  Come tour the stacks, view a selection of materials highlighting the City’s history, and check out the view!  For those with an interest, we will provide a demonstration of our electronic records management system, HP Records Manager

Directions: PARC is located in the Portland State University’s Academic and Student Recreation Center (ASRC) building.  The address is 1800 SW 6th Avenue, suite 550.  The building is between SW 5th and SW 6th Avenues, which serve as the Transit Mall in the downtown core. The front of the building faces the bricked Urban Center Plaza.  Enter the doors and take the elevator to the 5th floor; take a right off of the elevator and you’ve arrived!

If traveling via MAX, take either the Green, Orange, or Yellow lines heading to the City Center/PSU and get off at the PSU Urban Center/SW 5th & Mill Street stop (Stop ID 7618).   Once you exit the MAX, look to your left and you’ll see the ASRC.

If traveling via the Streetcar, you can take the NS Line, B Loop, S Line.  Depending on the direction you are coming from you’ll get off at SW 5th & Montgomery (Stop ID 10763), or at the PSU Urban Center (Stop ID 10764).

Date: Tuesday, July 25th

Time: 2:30-4


Genealogical Forum of Oregon Repository Tour

Repository Name: Genealogical Forum of Oregon

Contact Name: Judith Leppert and LauraDenise White

Contact Phone: 503-962-9405

Contact Email: /

Capacity: 70

Description: “Discover your family history at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon! Whether you are from Oregon, Virginia, Canada, or Ireland, our research library offers over 43,000 holdings with records from around the globe. As the largest genealogical library between Seattle and San Francisco, visitors have access to many popular genealogy websites. Check our website at for online resources, our library catalog, and the GFO calendar for upcoming free classes and workshops. Open seven days a week, the Library is located on the lower level of the historic Ford Building in southeast Portland.”

Directions: (address: 2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97202, accessible via TriMet bus #4 or #70, and Max’s Orange Line at the Clinton/SE 12th Ave stop)

Date: Tuesday, July 25th

Time: Tour at 2:00pm. The library is open from 9:30am until 5pm.


Other: We would love to showcase all aspects of our collection, although the SAA Members may find especially interesting our manuscripts collections and digitization project.

Bonneville Power Administration

Check out this awesome repository tour!

Repository Name:  Bonneville Power Administration Library & Visitor Center

Contact Name: Libby Burke

Contact Phone: 503-230-4027 direct OR Main Library Phone 503-230-7323

Contact Email:

Capacity: Limited to 8 per tour. Please contact to sign up in advance

Description: Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) started in 1937 as a public agency to transmit and market hydroelectric power generated from the Bonneville and Grand Coulee dams.  The Federal Columbia River Power System has since grown to 31 dams, as well as non-federal dams and one nuclear plant. These dams generate clean, renewable, carbon-free hydropower for the farms, businesses and residents of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. BPA is a vital part of the PNW economy, as well as a conservator of the fish and wildlife whose habitats have been impacted due to the dam system. The abundance of hydropower generation during World War II enabled BPA to supply electricity to aluminum plants, ship building, Boeing, and other manufacturers of war materiel on a 24/7 basis.

The BPA Archives consists of promotional films and brochures, hundreds of thousands of still images, and thousands of documents in its Library, written for, by or about BPA. The documents have all been scanned; the photos, negatives and slides are in process, and most of the films have been digitized and made available on DVD and YouTube.  All this content will soon be available to the public through a digital asset management system. The Archives also holds a number of research collections, such as the 400+ box Sam Moment Aluminum Collection, and receives donations from inside and outside the agency. The BPA Library recently opened a Visitor Center that gives a museum-quality experience in a small space, with exhibits on all phases of BPA history, geography and other aspects of the expanse of BPA in the Northwest. You are invited to visit for a tour and talk with the archivists. Space is limited!

Directions: BPA Headquarters is located at 905 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232. It is between Lloyd and Holladay streets. One block south of the DoubleTree Inn, and a few blocks east of the Oregon Convention Center, within walking distance. Conveniently located kitty-corner from the Lloyd Center Max light rail stop for the Blue, Green and Red lines.

Special Note: The BPA Library & Visitor Center is located in a secure building, so visitors should prepare for a security screening similar to that of an airport. Visitors must present their government-issued picture ID and be ready to have their bags searched. They will then get a badge that allows entry to the Library, lobby and café. There are no public restrooms available.

Date: Wednesday, July 26

Time: 11 am, 1pm,  3pm (3 tours). The Visitor Center and exhibits are also open M-F 7:30-4:30

Website:  BPA Library & Visitor Center

OHSU Historical Collections & Archives Repository Tour

Repository Name: OHSU Historical Collections & Archives
Contact Name: Meg Langford
Contact Phone: 503-494-5587
Contact Email:
Capacity: Limited to 15 people; sign up via email is required

Description: Tour the fascinating repository of rare books, medical artifacts, and archival materials at Oregon’s largest academic health center, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Meet OHSU Historical Collections & Archives staff at the Portland Aerial Tram lower terminal on Portland’s South Waterfront, and enjoy a beautiful, panoramic city view on a free tram ride. Once on OHSU’s main Marquam Hill campus, the tour will include our main library, our central exhibit space, and our research room in the historic Old Library building, featuring a pop-up display of highlights from our collections. The tour ends in a return trip on the aerial tram. Enjoy lunch or happy hour independently at nearby food trucks along the South Waterfront campus.

Accessibility notes: Lots of walking; Parts of tour are accessible via stairs only.

Directions:  The tour meeting location is highlighted on this map, which offers customized public transit, bicycle, and driving directions from any location: Travel via public transportation (streetcar, MAX light rail, or bus) or bike is strongly encouraged, as parking is very difficult.

Date: Tuesday

Time: 1:30-3:30


Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

7463742012_79021ebc32_nThe Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is hosting a repository tour!  Details below!

Contact Name: James Rodgers, Project Coordinator or Lucy Capehart, Curator of Exhibits and Collection

Contact Phone: (503) 224-1458

Contact Email: or

Capacity: Capacity limited to 30. Please contact us to sign up in advance.

Description: The term “Nikkei” means Japanese emigrants and their descendants. Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is the Japanese American history museum in Portland, charged with the preservation and sharing of the history and culture of the Japanese American community. The Legacy Center opened the doors to its current home in September of 2004. The museum now has a larger exhibit space, with exhibits that highlight Issei immigration and early life in Oregon, Nihonmachi (Japantown), and life after Executive Order 9066, including the Portland Assembly Center and contemporary Nikkei life. The Center has expanded storage for archives and historical artifacts, a community room for public meetings and programs, and an improved library. The current location has been made possible through the generosity of Naito Corporation, community contributors, corporate and business donors, and foundation grants.


121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR  97209

Via Trimet:

Red/Blue Line to Old Town Chinatown stop and walk two blocks west to museum

Yellow/Green line to NW Couch and 5th and walk three blocks east to museum

From Downtown Portland: North on SW 2ND AVE

Date: Tuesday, July 25th

Time: 3:00 to 5:00 PM


An apple walks into a bar… : Portland Cider

Contributor:  Diana Banning is the City Archivist for the City of Portland and is a member of the host committee.

While the primary reasons for attending the conference are education and networking, many attendees are hoping for a chance to sample the excellent beer selection Portland offers.  I don’t want to dissuade you from your beer, and with the Oregon Brewers Festival happening at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park during the conference, I don’t think it is possible.  However, I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to Portland’s craft cider culture.


Oregon is sandwiched between the first and fifth-rated apple producing states, and according to the Northwest Horticultural Council, the Northwest region produces about 66% of the U.S. apple crop.  With all of these apples, how could we not embrace cider as the next big thing? Almost every pub, bottle shop, and restaurant serves cider and is quite often one of the tap offerings.  If you’re really up for some cider, I recommend that you dive right in and visit one or more of Portland’s cideries.


Most cideries have a large selection of ciders so you should find several that will suit your taste-preferences.  Feel like something more dry than sweet?  Perhaps you want something a bit sweet, yet super refreshing?  Or maybe something a bit earthy with some body to it? And for you hop-lovers, local cider-producers have been hopping their ciders to produce the perfect fusion of beer and cider.  If you can’t decide, or you just want to sample several, most places offer tasting sizes.


There are many places to enjoy cider in the city, but the list below focuses on places that are pretty close to the Convention Center, or are super-worthy of a streetcar ride or as a Lyft destination.


Closest to the Oregon Convention Center


Cider Riot

807 NE Couch St., 503-662-8275,


Cider Riot produces excellent dry ciders, often incorporating interesting ingredients that provide a sweet edge.


You can either walk to Cider Riot, or catch the streetcar in front of the Convention Center on MLK, headed south and debark at Burnside.  Walk east 4 blocks to NE 8th.  Cider Riot is on NE Couch (1 block north of Burnside).


If you’re walking east on Burnside, consider stopping by Rontoms for a tasty cocktail, hit up Sizzle Pie for a slice to keep you going, or continue up to SE 9th and stop by the Doug Fir Lounge.  If you instead walk east on SE Couch (remember, if you want to say it like a Portlander, pronounce “Couch” not like an alternative to a sofa, but like “Cooch”), drop by Burnside Brewing Company before heading to Cider Riot.


Reverend Nat’s

1813 NE 2nd Ave., 503-567-2221,


This is my top choice for cider, hands-down.  Rev. Nat produces exceptional ciders, some of which are standbys and always on the menu, while others are experiments with a “what the hell, why not?” attitude when it comes to ingredients.  You never know what will be on the pour list, so it’s always an adventure.  If they are serving Tepache, order one – you won’t be sorry.  Or if The Passion is being offered, embrace it – full of passion fruit flavor, without being sweet.  Their Sacrilege Sour Cherry is pretty awesome and will bring many naysayers to the cider altar.


Rev. Nat’s is worth the little extra journey, which can start by catching the northbound streetcar on NE Grand (one block east of the Convention Center).  Get off at NE Broadway and 2nd, and walk north on NE 2nd one block.  If you need something to eat, just around the corner is Pine State Biscuits.  Go ahead, you won’t be sorry.


A little further afield


Portland Cider House

3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-206-6283,

portland cider

Count ‘em – 28 taps.  Not only can you count them, you can keep track of what they are pouring and how quickly they are running out by keeping watch of their inventory here.  You can always find a selection of their own ciders, along with a great array of local offerings.  As I’m viewing their current list, I see some favorites:  Atlas’ Dragonfruit, Apple Outlaw’s Blackberry Bounty (also known as mama’s soda in my household), and Finnriver’s Black Currant.


You’ll probably want to Uber or Lyft here, but don’t dismay – Hawthorne Blvd offers so much to make it worth your while.  Love a good thrift-shop clothing find?  Hawthorne has several shops to fill your needs.  Great food, too.  You can also visit the McMenamins’ Bagdad theater and pub for a movie, food, and beer.


Rachel’s Ginger Beer

3646 SE Hawthorne Blvd.,


Okay, while not a cidery, this place is not to be missed and is next-door to the Portland Cider House.  This place is a gift from our neighbor to the north (aka Seattle).  Their ginger beer is a common ingredient in many Portland cocktails and is pretty divine on its own.  They also serve up a variety of cocktails, including an amazing Moscow Mule.  Check it out!


Schilling Cider House

930 SE 10th Ave,


As of this writing, the Schilling Cider House is not yet open but will be available by the time SAA hits Portland.  Based on my experiences visiting their Seattle location, I predict this place will knock my socks off.  Selling only craft ciders, they are advertising 50 rotating taps, an outdoor patio, and a large selection of bottled cider.


They are situated on the Goat Blocks in a new building (for a bit of crazy Portland whimsy, check out this page for information on why it is called the goat blocks:



1212-D SE Powell Blvd., 503-445-0577,


Portland’s first cidery, and they claim that they are the country’s original cider pub.  At last count, they offer 340 bottles from around the world and they have several taps.


Hi-Wheel Wines

6719 NE 18th Ave.,


This is definitely not a cidery, nor is it an easy trek unless you are taking Uber or Lyft; however, it is definitely worth the time and effort if you want to try out something unique.  Hi-Wheel serves up handcrafted fizzy wines.  Yup.  Fizzy.  As well as meads, beer, and cider.


So let’s get back to the whole fizzy wine thing.  Right now they are serving up Black Lightning, which is black currant wine with peppercorns, chili flakes, and clove.  They also have their Blackberry Habanero, Blueberry Basil, Chocolate Cherry, Death Wish Bunny (carrot wine, ginger, and chai).  Don’t let the ingredients and the delightful colors scare you – this is good…stuff.  Refreshing and tasty.  You can also purchase bottles to take home with you.


In addition to a relaxing patio, and excellent service, they are situated next to Tamale Boy.  Order some food and have it delivered to you on the Hi-Wheel side.  Excellent tamales, and try their Brussel sprouts!


If you’d like to learn more about cider, here is a good blog to visit: