Coffee Shops near the Convention Center

Contributor: Jenny Mundy is the Records Officer and Electronic Records Management Analyst for Multnomah County, in addition to being an avid gardener, vegan powerlifter, and cat fancier. Ask her for a long explanation of why americanos are way better than drip coffee.

Photo by mononymous.

Cup & Bar

118 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

  • Featuring Trailhead Coffee Roasters and Ranger Chocolate Company, combining the two for notable drinks. I’ve heard many praises of their pastries.



1205 SE Stark Ave

  • Serving Water Avenue coffee. All vegan bakery with filling sandwiches and gluten free options.


Rimsky-Korsakoffee House

707 SE 12th Ave

  • One of the oldest coffeehouses in Portland. Notable for delicious desserts and a fun atmosphere. Heads up: they’re cash only.  


Mudd Works Roastery’s Half Pint Cafe

537 SE Ash St Suite 108

  • This tiny shop is built on a converted 1902 freight elevator. Accurately captures the innovative, industrial aesthetic popular in Portland coffee shops.  


Ristretto Roasters

555 NE Couch Street

  • Outstanding coffee, just a short walk from the Convention Center. Buy a bag of beans to take home with you.


Pine State

125 NE Schuyler St.

  • Serves the iconic brunch coffee, Stumptown Roasters, alongside their Southern-inspired biscuit sandwiches. Their location on NE Schuyler is a short bus ride from the Convention Center and will keep your stomach from grumbling through sessions!


Farther Afield but Worth the Trip

Photo by adactio.

Tov Coffee

SE 32nd and Hawthorne Blvd

  • Egyptian coffee served in a double decker bus.



1300 SE Grand Ave


The Tao of Tea

3430 SE Belmont

  • Prefer tea over coffee? Take a ride down to their original location on Belmont to explore their expansive collection of fancy teas. They have a second location at the Lan Su Chinese Gardens, which is an experience all of its own.


Townshend Tea House

2223 NE Alberta

3917 NE Mississippi

  • Another well known tea shop in Portland with great variety of teas and comfortable seating for reading and chatting. Their kombucha is available all around town and is highly recommended.


Third Wave Coffee Tours


Coming in early or sticking around after the conference? Coffee lovers might be interested in joining in on a more comprehensive tour.

Photo by Bex Walton.

On the east side of the Willamette River, nestled among converted warehouses and quirky neighborhoods, you’ll find the pioneering micro-roasters that sparked the third wave coffee revolution. This three-hour walking tour introduces you to award-winning baristas crafting some of the world’s finest coffee drinks. Taste top-notch espresso, cold brew variations and as an added bonus, one of the country’s finest and most innovative teamakers. We’ll stroll 1.5 miles on foot around one of Portland’s hippest emerging quadrants.

Fridays @ 10:00 AM, $40
Meet at Portland Roasting, 340 SE 7th Ave
Plan on about 3.0 hours


A rich variety of renowned cafes and pioneering micro-roasters can be found in each of Portland’s diverse neighborhoods, but there’s no better way to explore the delicious coffee scene than by jumping on the streetcar. On this three-hour walking tour, you’ll sip your way through Portland’s coffee scene in Downtown, the Pearl District and the Central Eastside. You’ll visit five micro-roasters and cafes, experiencing a brew methods demonstration, tasting the city’s finest espresso and finishing with a cupping, the industry standard for coffee tasting. There’s no better way to experience the diversity of Portland’s café culture.

Sundays @ 10:00 AM, $40
Meet at Cup & Bar, 118 NE MLK Jr Blvd
Plan on about 3.0 hours
Note: The tour’s ending point is approximately 1.25 miles from start – use of Streetcar, Taxi or Uber is encouraged.

Portland Japanese Garden and Lan Su Chinese Garden

Contributor: Amber D’Ambrosio is Processing Archivist & Records Manager at Willamette University, a small, urban liberal arts college in Salem, Oregon, where she manages the collections and wrangles ArchivesSpace and Archivematica. In her spare time she writes, reads about early modern London, hikes, travels, and obsessively visits the Oregon Coast.

Portland Japanese Garden


The Portland Japanese Garden combines a variety of traditional Japanese garden styles into a beautiful haven on top of a hill overlooking downtown Portland. The hill is known for Washington Park, which has many other family-friendly attractions that make the Japanese Garden’s distance from the conference location well worth the trip. After a recent expansion, the gardens now include a Japanese cultural center with constantly rotating exhibitions of Japanese material culture, a gift shop, and a cafe.


The garden itself is lush, extensive, and includes a wide variety of flowering plants, waterfalls, and Zen gardens known for their simpler aesthetic of carefully raked sand or gravel. There are traditional Japanese buildings, including a traditional tea room, and a hall with veranda that provides a great view over downtown Portland. On a clear day you can see Mount Hood in the distance. Guided tours are available at specified times for those who would like additional insight into the gardens and their history. This is one of my favorite places in Portland, and it’s worth a visit any season of the year.


The Portland Japanese Garden is open until 7 pm every day during the summer months. Admission is $14.95 for an adult with discounted rates for other age ranges available.


The garden and surrounding Washington Park are accessible via the Blue and Red MAX light rail lines to Beaverton and Hillsboro. Get off at Washington Park stop (inside the tunnel). There is a free Washington Park shuttle that will take you from the MAX station to the garden, or you can enjoy a 1.5 mile walk through the arboretum in Washington Park (the trail is well marked with signs for the Japanese and Rose Gardens, but it winds through wooded areas with uneven terrain).


There is parking available at the garden but also available at the Oregon Zoo and elsewhere in Washington Park if you’d like to walk to the garden. Additional travel information is available at the link provided.


Other attractions of interest in Washington Park include the Oregon Zoo, the Portland Children’s Museum, the World Forestry Center, the Hoyt Arboretum, miles of walking/hiking trails, and the International Rose Test Garden (celebrating its 100th anniversary).


Lan Su Chinese Garden


For those who would love to experience a garden a little closer to the conference action, Lan Su Chinese Garden comprises a full city block walled off from the noise of downtown Portland in the historic Old Town Chinatown district. It’s within walking distance (less than 1 mile) of the downtown conference hotel and the convention center. It’s also accessible via bus or the Blue or Red MAX light rail lines (with a short walk).


The garden is partitioned into various areas with stonework that allows views into the alcoves through elaborately carved windows. You can take advantage of a free guided tour at certain hours of the day or wander with the aid of printed guides. Shallow, reflective water, lush plant life, and traditional Chinese structures are the main features of the garden. Within the buildings are examples of traditional Chinese material culture and a Chinese Teahouse with light dining options (vegetarian and possibly vegan options are available). The Lan Su Chinese Garden is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and concrete of downtown Portland and enjoy a moment of tranquility among beautiful surroundings. They have regular cultural events, so it’s worth checking their schedule to see what you might find during your visit.


Admission to the garden is $10 for an adult with discounts available to other age ranges. A family pass is available for $28. The garden is open until 7 pm every day during the summer months.


Portland: The Jazz Revival

Contributor: Brian Brown, in between shifts at the Archives & Records Division of the Auditor’s Office for the City of Portland as the Digital Records Repository administrator, makes time for crate digging, and improving his jump shot.


Portland Jazz seems to be in the midst of a revival.  Despite the closing earlier this year of Jimmy Mak’s, Portland’s most famous jazz venue since the 1990s, several venues are now offering jazz music on a regular if not nightly basis.

The 1905

830 North Shaver St

Portland, OR 97227

Amongst the best newer venues with a full schedule of Jazz is The 1905. Nestled just off of Mississippi Ave in North Portland, at The 1905 you can enjoy a custom pizza, or just drinks, to the sounds of Portland’s best musical improvisers.  Head out to the patio between sets, or you can visit the portrait studio just past the band space and capture the smile on your happy face. There’s no cover, but there is a tip line on your bill for the musicians—please be generous.



Solae’s Lounge

1801 NE Alberta St

Portland, OR 97211

Solae’s Lounge on Alberta Ave in North Portland offers music-seekers that experience of the friendly neighborhood music spot. Solae’s tends to get going late on the weekends, but going it does get.  There’s a good chance you might strike up a conversation with a local jazz hero when ordering at the bar. For desert, I recommend the bowl-served peach cobbler.



The Blue Diamond

2016 NE Sandy Blvd

Portland, OR 97232

Just a holler southwest from where the storied Chicken Coop (aka Sid’s Nest, d. 1958) used to be sits the Blue Diamond.  The LP covers above the bar signal well to this venue’s old-school warmth and relaxed charm. The Blue Diamond features jazz and blues, but there’s something good playing every night.  You can dance, too.



Wilf’s Restaurant & Piano Bar

800 NW 6th Ave

Portland, OR 97209

A Portland institution since 1975, Wilf’s, next to Union Station, makes the argument that jazz music is best presented in the context of a fine dining experience.  With Jazz on the schedule most nights, you can lively up your palette at the same time as your ears. Why not order the Steak Diane Flambé while you’re there?



To find out about jazz happenings in the Portland area do check out:

Radio: KMHD, 89.1 (24/7 Jazz station)
Jazz Society of Oregon Calendar:


Vegan and Vegetarian Eating

Near the Convention Center

Cafe Yumm!

1010 NE 7th Ave

  • Basic bowls with healthy toppings. The sauce is what will keep you coming back. One of the places in town for accommodating a wide variety of dietary preferences.


Garden Bar

1061 NE 9th Ave

  • Because sometimes you just really need a giant salad.


Little Big Burger

787 NE Holladay St

  • Veggie burgers, can be made vegan if done as a lettuce wrap. Pair your burger with some truffle fries and enjoy!


Sizzle Pie East

624 E Burnside

  • Vegan, veggie, and omni options, with slices always available in all three categories, and delivery until long after you should be asleep to get to next morning’s sessions. If you have even a fleeting interest in metal, you’ll get a kick out of the pizza names and might walk away with one of their tshirts. If you venture out to Powell’s Books, they have a Westside location across the street.


Marukin Ramen

609 SE Ankeny, Ste A

  • Ramen with vegan options. Portland is the first place this Tokyo ramen chain has expanded to, with much excitement from local ramen fan. If Tokyo can have a Portland-themed bar, we’re happy to have a Tokyo style ramen house in exchange!


Near the Hilton / Downtown


Veggie Grill

508 SW Taylor St

  • Chain offering fast food style eats, but all plant based. Order to go and enjoy eating in the sunshine at Pioneer Square.


Departure Restaurant + Lounge

525 SW Morrison St (top of Meier and Frank Building)

  • Great options groups of folks with mixed dietary restrictions. Asian cuisine with one of the best views in town. Aim for early evening for a sit down meal, or come later in the evening when the crowd gets lively.


Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen

835 SW 2nd Ave

  • Another good spot for mixed dietary restrictions. Lots of vegan/veggie options, good drinks, and a fun atmosphere. There can be a bit of a line, so give yourself enough time to wait for a table if you come during peak hours.


DC Vegetarian

SW Washington & 3rd Food Cart Pod

  • All vegan and vegetarian food cart with some of the best sandwiches in town. They’re known best for their Cheese “Steak” (also available as a “Cheese” “Steak” for the vegans).


Farther Afield but Worth the Trip


Blossoming Lotus

1713 NE 15th Ave

  • Long time vegan restaurant with gluten free and raw options and a focus on seasonal vegetables. Their Bibimbap Bowl and Thai Salad are stand out dishes. Wonderful cocktails and mocktails.



1011 NE Alberta St

  • Portland’s first vegan bar. Southern inspired eats with plenty of outdoor seating. Tasty bowls and sandwiches to fill your belly while you explore the Alberta District. The Bye&Bye namesake drink in a mason jar paired with a BBQ Brussel Bowl is a Portland vegan standard.



930 SE Sandy Blvd

  • A sports bar with lots of outdoor seating and a great mix of vegan and omni options. One section has stadium style seating with ceiling mounted screens to watch the game. Lots of sports-free space if you really just want to sit on the upper patio, eat a Cruchwrap, and watch the sun go down.


Farm Spirit

1414 SE Morrison St

  • This is about as fancy as it gets. All vegan, with gluten free options. If you’ve found yourself with some extra money to spare and want to spoil yourself, make a reservation for their eight course Cascadian Tasting Menu.


Homegrown Smoker

4237 N Mississippi Ave Food Cart Pod

  • Vegan BBQ – yep, you read that right. Everything from smoked tempeh ribs to their famous macnocheeto burrito. The cart pod is attached to Prost German bier bar, which encourages you to grab something tasty and pair it with a summery German bier.


Hungry Tiger

213 SE 12th Ave

  • Your best best to get vegan/veggie eats in a dive bar atmosphere. Grab some totchos (that’s nachos made with tater tots, for the uninitiated) and an IPA for the maximum Portland bar experience.


No Bones Beach Club

3928 N Mississippi Ave

  • All vegan tiki bar and restaurant. Big, filling meals, and part of the profits from every meal go to a local non-profit animal rescue. Feel good about stuffing your face.


The Sudra

2333 NE Glisan St

  • A fun take on Indian street food. Delicious thali plates done with fresh local vegetables.



1205 SE Stark Ave

  • All vegan bakery with filling sandwiches and gluten free options, located at the vegan mini mall. Known for their croissants. If you’re feeling particularly inspired after lunch, stop on in nextdoor at Herbivore for a sassy tshirt or vegan cookbook, grab some snacks at Food Fight, or maybe even get a tattoo at Scapegoat. When in Rome…


Sweet Hereafter

3326 SE Belmont St

  • Portland’s second vegan bar, from the creators of Bye&Bye. Great eats, and an amazing tap selection, including ciders and Belgian style beers.


Ramona Quimby and the Real Portland

Contributed by: Rachel Thomas, archivist for George Fox University and the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends.  Rachel enjoys exploring her native Oregon and using what her family calls her “museum-dar” to find little known historical sites and museums to explore. 

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Beverly Cleary, 1971 from the State Library Photograph Collection, 1851-1990, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,

Ramona, Beezus, Henry and their friends were childhood companions to thousands of young readers.  Their lives on Klickitat Street bring fond memories or early school days and long summers.  Beverly Cleary, author of the Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins books is an Oregon native.  She was born in McMinneville about an hour south of Portland, raised nearby in the small town of Yamhill, and later moved to Portland, the setting for her novels.  Brush up on your Ramona knowledge by rereading some of the books before you come!

Fans can enjoy walking tours of “Ramona’s World.”  A self guided walking tour developed and published by The Library Foundation will take you to sights such as Klickitat Street and the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden.  Children (and adults) can enjoy playing at parks along the route.  Make sure to bring your tin can stilts!

For die-hard fans, a day trip to Yamhill through the scenic Willamette Valley (the heart of Oregon’s wine country) is in order. The Yamhill County Historical Society is happy to answer questions (they also have a fantastic museum!).  Driving through Yamhill, visitors will view many sites from Beverly Cleary’s childhood.

Beverly Cleary recently celebrated her 101st birthday, and is celebrated by the people of Oregon.


Handmade Portland: Knit Shops

Contributed by: Anne Prahl, Curator of Collections, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

 If you think of all things hip and innovative, challenging and quirky when you think of Portland, the knitting scene in our fair city does not disappoint. If you are connected, you have already checked out the Portland Metro Area Ravelers forum on Or you might have checked to see if there is a gathering during the SAA conference. There are regular meetings of crafters, including knitters, all over the city. You only need to plug in.

Perhaps you are hoping to browse some local yarn shops (I know my best souvenirs are the ones I made myself from materials purchased wherever I have traveled). There are dozens of shops in the metro area. I have compiled the few that are easiest to get to either on foot or by public transportation. Each has its own, unique atmosphere. Some feature a group of regulars whom you will find cozily drinking tea and knitting together. But I’ve never been turned away from one of those klatches. Just pull up a chair and whip out your knitting bag and you are one of the in-crowd.


Pearl District and Downtown

Pearl Fiber Arts

428 NW 11th Aveknitting 1
Portland, OR 97209

(503) 227-7746

Just a few blocks from Powell’s Books (which you are certainly not going to want to miss). Really nice selection including some exotic fibers (yak!) and helpful staff.


Dublin Bay Knitting Company

1227 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209knitting 2

(503) 223-3229

Small and sparsely stocked, it is still a calm and friendly place to drop in. Great yarns from the British Isles as well as organics and Fair Trade and more standard fare as well.


Knit Purl

knitting 31101 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205

(503) 227-2999

Not my go-to shop. They tend toward the exotic, locally sourced, and hip. And the staff is kind of hipster, too. But if that’s your scene, definitely check them out.


Northeast Portland

Close Knit

2140 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

knitting 4

(503) 288-4568

You were going to go up to the Alberta Arts district anyway, right? Lots of galleries and DIY shops, bakeries, tacos, and a Salt ‘n Straw ice cream shop. And while you are there, drop in on Close Knit where there is always someone shopping, someone knitting, and someone to offer great advice.


knitting 52310 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232

(503) 922-1150

My personal favorite shop. Can’t say enough about the awesome staff (who remember names!) and are always earnest and thoughtful, even with the most insipid questions. They also sell tea and welcome knitters to their comfy couches and work tables. Especially fabulous selection of sock yarns.

Southeast Portland

Happy Knits

1620 SE Hawthorne Blvdknitting 6
Portland, OR 97214

(503) 238-2106

Super-friendly and customer-oriented. Smaller selection but they make up for it in great classes and … did I mention the nice people?




North Portland

The Naked Sheep

knitting 7

2142 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217

(503) 283-2004

A little off the beaten path (unless your path takes you to North Portland.) I haven’t found the owner particularly welcoming, but if you read the Yelp reviews, there are plenty of happy people who disagree.



Oregon Museums Making Collections Accessible

Contributed by SAA Host Committee Member, Katrina O’Brien, World of Speed Collection Manager & Archivist

Oregon has a wide array of museums covering everything from Japanese and Jewish history to environment science, gaming and motorsports, local and national art and heritage, and corporate history. While this is only a small snapshot of Oregon’s museums, each of these museums are utilizing artifact and archival collections as part of their museum experience, special programs, and online resources.


mus1Preserving the stories of the Nikkei—Japanese emigrants and their descendants—of the Pacific Northwest, the Center offers both traveling and onsite exhibits, as well as a research library. It also offers onsite and walking tour apps that provide multiple avenues to experience the Center’s archival collection. As part of its Oregon Nikkei Endowment’s Visual History Collection, over 50 recorded video interviews are accessible online through the Densho Digital Archive.





Mus2OHS looks to “explore the people, places, and events that have shaped the history of Oregon and America.” Besides its digital history websites, The Oregon Encyclopedia, Oregon History Project, and Oregon History Wayfinder, its new OHS Digital Collections website opens a wider window into the OHS Research Library’s collections. At the same time, the OHS Museum provides equally thought-provoking, interactive museum exhibits that make history visible and accessible.





mus3The WFC Discovery Museum offers an interactive experience for visitors to be “both educated and entertained as they learn about the importance of forests and trees in our lives, as well as environmental sustainability.” Visitors find exhibits that pique curiosity and encourage active learning about the forests of the Pacific Northwest and the interconnectedness of global forests, along with the Leadership Hall that celebrates contributors in forestry.



mus4Housing one of the largest publicly accessible game and puzzle collections in the world, IMOGAP seeks to “document and celebrate all aspects of gaming culture” with more than 4,000 games to play. While most of the collection are tabletop games, the collection also includes construction, knowledge, electronic, skill games, and more. The museum offers visitors hands-on tables for gaming along with historical and interpretive displays, and shelves featuring select picks from the collection.



mus5Besides supporting the World of Speed motorsports museum’s exhibits and education programs, the Archive offers “points of access while preserving the rich history of motorsports” with the museum’s complete collection catalog, collection highlights, and digital video collection available online. Besides being open to the public, the Archive Room hosts Open Archive Days each month, offering visitors gloved interaction with select items in the archive collection not currently on display.



mus6Wells Fargo has eleven museums throughout the country, including Portland. Besides artifacts specific to the Pacific Northwest, the museum utilizes the Wells Fargo Corporate Archive to produce local museum exhibits with materials that “range from historical images and objects to modern day marketing samples and digital records.” A select group of its archives are also available online including a photography and advertisement collection documenting the company’s origins, development, operations, and impact.




mus7Founded in 1892, PAM is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest with a collection of 42,000 objects reflecting the history of art from ancient times to today, including North America native peoples’ arts, modern and contemporary art, and Asian and American art. PAM’s Crumpacker Family Library, the region’s most comprehensive visual art resource, holds a collection of over 35,000 volumes originated in 1895 and includes current and historical periodicals, and art archives.




OJMCHE’s artifact and archive collections “document the experiences of Oregon Jews from our earliest history through today.” It acquired the holdings of the Jewish Historical Society of Oregon in 1995, including 150 oral history interviews. In 2014, the Oregon Jewish Museum merged with the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center, taking on the care of the center’s records, artifacts, and oral history interviews of Holocaust survivors and liberators.






Parks and Rec in Portland

Contributed by Laura Buchholz.

Laura Buchholz works in Reed College Special Collections & Archives, responsible all things digital, and grew up hiking in the rain in Portland and Oregon.

As you plan your conference schedule, be sure to build in some time outside! Portland has beautiful parks and hiking opportunities to enjoy, whether your ideal outing is a picnic and people watching, a stroll through forested trails, or a heart-pumping hike up a volcanic cinder cone. All of the following are within city limits and accessible by public transit.

Want to know more about a trail to determine if it is a good match for your mobility needs? The Access Trails site lets you know what to expect, beyond simple ADA compliance, for selected trails.

Forest Park

Forest Park, Portland“Forest Park, Portland” by “Robert Tuck”. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Accessed 18 April 2017.


Over 5000 acres of forested beauty on the hills west of Portland. So many paths to choose from that it can be overwhelming: I recommend hiking a section of the popular Wildwood trail.


Claim to fame: the largest forested natural area within city limits in the U.S.


Good for: forested and shady hikes for all fitness levels, bobcat or coyote sightings (very rare, but possible!), gurgling creeks, views of Mt. Hood.

Laurelhurst Park

laurelhurst_park“IMG_0806a” by “Sam Churchill”. Licensed under CC BY 2.0. Accessed 18 April 2017.


A large city park with established trees, pond, play areas, and dog park. The surrounding neighborhood is beautiful for a long walk or run.


Claim to fame: Site of an old cattle farm, voted most beautiful park in 1911 by the Pacific Coast Parks Association, site of Rose Festival Queen coronations, and first city park to be included on the National Register of Historic Places.


Good for: picnics, people watching, dog watching, feeding the ducks, laying in the shade, outdoor yoga, free summer concerts, exploring the neighborhood front gardens.

Mt Tabor

mt_tabor“Mt. Tabor, November 2007” by “brx0”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Accessed 18 April 2017.


Mt. Tabor is a city park on top of a dormant cinder cone, part of the Boring Lava Field*. Hike your way to the top for a good workout, then watch the sunset over two large reservoirs, with Portland in the background. You can also drive to the top, but the park is closed to cars on Wednesdays.


Claim to fame: It’s a volcano!

Good for: picnics, cardio hikes, views of the sunset, skateboarding down a volcano, people watching, free concerts.


*Unfortunately not named according to some kind of a lava field excitement rating, but instead after the nearby town of Boring, Oregon, which is named after William H. Boring.


South Park Blocks

south_park_blocks“North end; South Park Blocks” by “Rosa Say”. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Accessed 19 April 2017.


If you’re staying downtown, you’ll want to check out the park blocks, a strip of 12 consecutive city blocks with tall trees, sidewalks, sculptures, and shade. The far southern end of the park blocks, near Portland State University, hosts a large farmers market on Saturdays.


Good for: city walking, sculpture viewing, farmers market browsing, sipping early morning coffee.


Claim to fame: Site of Portland’s first Gay Pride celebration, among many other marches, protests, and celebrations.

Waterfront Park & Eastbank Esplanade


“Tom McCall Waterfront Park” by “Joel Mann”. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Accessed 19 April 2017.


Waterfront Park and the Eastbank Esplanade hug the Willamette river and are connected by several bridges, making it an excellent option for a sightseeing bike ride loop. The park hosts many major festivals throughout the summer, including the Oregon Brewers Festival during the conference. Bringing kids to the conference? Salmon Street Springs is a favorite for local kids to cool off during the summer.


Good for: running, biking, rollerblading, frolicking in fountains, memorials, admiring the Willamette river, beer drinking.


Claim to fame: Waterfront Park used to be a major traffic artery, and is an early example of freeway removal in U.S. cities.

Washington Park

washington_park.jpg“International Rose Test Garden, Portland OR USA” by “Travel USA”. Licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0. Accessed 19 April 2017.


Washington Park encompasses several Portland destinations: the Oregon Zoo, the International Rose Test Garden (peak bloom is June, but there will still be plenty in July!), the Portland Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden Children’s Park (a massive play structure!), the Hoyt Arboretum, the Portland Children’s Museum, and more.


Parking is limited this summer due to construction, so take the MAX to the Washington Park station, and hop on the free shuttle to get to your destination.


Good for: Smelling the roses, burning off energy, waving hi to the hippo, appreciating the wonder that is the Pacific Northwest gardening climate, hiking.


Claim to fame: One of 24 testing sites for the All-America Rose Selections (AARS).

What a Difference Portland Makes!

Contiributor: SAA Host Committee Member Katrina O’Brien, World of Speed Collection Manager


SAA’s 2017 Annual Meeting is coming to Portland and between session meeting, poster events, workshops, and networking, Portland is ready to make you feel at home while offering adventure.

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Oregon Convention Center and nearby Max stop; Courtesy of Travel Portland

In and Around the Oregon Convention Center
The Oregon Convention Center will be the center of the archives universe during ARCHIVES 2017: alike/different—and it’s easy to get to! Hop on the MAX blue line ( from the Hilton Portland. Walk the five blocks from the DoubleTree. Or, if you’re staying somewhere else, rent a bike from one of the many kiosks around town (


Cross the street and stop by Citizen Baker ( for a coffee, warm breakfast, or artisan sandwich. After a day of soaking up conference happenings, grab a beer and rethink “bar food” at Spirit of 77 ( The Pacific Northwest’s own Burgerville ( serves up a mean burger, fries, and shake. Forgot some essentials? Lloyd Center mall is just a few blocks away, along with a host of eateries, stores, and a FedEx Kinko’s just down the street. Around the corner, the Moda Center is Portland’s premier sports and concert arena. (Bruno Mars will perform there on July 23 and Neil Diamond’s 50 Year Anniversary World Tour lands there on July 28.)


One of the many neighborhood outdoor eateries in Portland; Courtesy of Travel Portland

The Quadrants
Ask any Portlander where she lives and it goes something like this: “North Portland,” “Outer Southeast,” “Inner Northeast,” “The Pearl,” “Alphabet District” (which make up the Northwest), or “Downtown” (aka the Southwest). The Willamette River divides east and west and Burnside Street divides north and south. Each neighborhood has its own unique charm – and all are worth visiting.

The eastside may be easily cartooned as “Portlandia” (there are plenty of quirky boutique shops, eateries, drinkeries, and personalities in this area), but a walk down Mississippi, Alberta, Vancouver, Broadway, Hawthorne, Belmont, or Foster offers you a unique experience—whether you find yourself in a gluten-free bakery, succulents shop, teahouse, comic book store, or sake bar.


Downtown? It’s where culture moves seamlessly among high rises, clubs, gardens, theaters, and museums. Night or day, there’s an adventure for you. Walk through the Lan Su Chinese Garden; find the smallest park in the world, Mills End Park (rumored to be inhabited by leprechauns); or play vintage video games at Ground Kontrol. Within a few blocks’ radius (all close to the Hilton Portland), there’s the Oregon Historical Society, Portland Art Museum, Central Library, and Pioneer Courthouse Square.


Whether on the eastside (via Eastside Esplanade) or westside (via Tom McCall Waterfront Park), explore the Willamette River running through the city or any of the 500+ food carts throughout Portland ( Check out Travel Portland ( for lots of ideas about what to do and see in each neighborhood.


View of Portland from Pittock Mansion; Courtesy of Travel Portland


Beyond the City

After all the learning and networking events, treat yourself to a getaway outside of the city. Head to the western edge of Portland and make your way to Forrest Park (, the largest urban forested natural area in the country. Just a little farther along is the historic Pittock Mansion (, with one of the best panoramic views of Portland.


Trek east on I-84 and make your way to Multnomah Falls. There’s a reason why most locals put it on their to-do list for out-of-state visitors. Drive south into the Willamette Valley to explore a treasure trove of award-winning and hidden-gem wineries and tasting rooms ( Pick a direction and you’ll find a worthy destination, whether Mt. Hood to the east, Astoria to the west, Salem to the south, or Vancouver to the north. Some might call it “the beach,” with towns like Rockaway Beach and Canon Beach but Oregonians call it “The Coast”—and it makes for a wonderful day trip.  Whatever you have in mind, Travel Oregon ( is a great resource for finding your perfect adventure.


Local Repositories

Portland area archives welcome you!  Portland is full of archives devoted to preserving many aspects of our region’s history.  Many will be open for repository tours during SAA2017 alike/different.  Please enjoy this peek at some local collections!

Local Organizations

This page includes a partial list of archives and heritage organizations in the Portland metro area and throughout Oregon. To learn more about each institution or organization click on the link.

localarchivesArchitectural Heritage Center
Association of Personal Historians
City of Portland Archives & Records Center
Friends of Historic Forest Grove
Genealogical Forum of Oregon
George Fox University/NWYM Archives
GLAPN- Northwest LGBTQ History
Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum
Lewis & Clark College Watzek Library
Mazamas Archives & Museum
Metro Records & Information Management Program
Multnomah County Records Management & Archives
Multnomah County Library – John Wilson Special Collections
Northwest History Network
Oregon Black Pioneers
Oregon Encyclopedia
OHSU Historical Collections & Archives
Oregon Historical Society
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Oregon State Archives
Oregon State Library
Oregon State University Archives
Pacific University Archives
Portland Art Museum Library
Portland Police Historical Society
Portland State University Special Collections & University Archives
PSU Architecture, Engineering & Construction Archives
University of Oregon (Portland)
Silverton Country Historical Society
Troutdale Historical Society
Vanport Mosaic
Washington County Heritage Online
Washington County Museum
Western Oregon University Archives
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
World of Speed Motorsports Museum


Source: Local Organizations