Collection SR 2534 - Oh What a Night

Oh What a Night!  (Transcript) Oh What a Night!  (Sound Recording 01) Oh What a Night!  (Sound Recording 02) Oh What a Night!  (Sound Recording 03) Oh What a Night!  (Sound Recording 04)

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SR 2534

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Oh What a Night


  • 2004-03-18 (Creation)


2 Audiocassette (1 hr., 32 min., 11 sec.) + Transcript (44 pp)
online resource (4 audio files (1 hr., 32 min., 11 sec.) + Transcript (1 PDF file)

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Vera Katz was born Vera Pistrak in 1933 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Her family moved to the United States during World War II, where she grew up in New York. After moving to Portland, Oregon in 1962, she embarked upon a political career. She served in the Oregon House of Representatives, representing Portland and Multnomah County, from 1972 to 1990, where she became the first woman Speaker of the House in 1985. She then served as Portland Mayor from 1993-2005.

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Norma Paulus grew up in Burns, Oregon, and worked as a lawyer in Salem, Oregon. She served as Oregon's superintendent of public instruction and Secretary of State, and she ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1986. She later served as the executive director of the Oregon Historical Society.

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Audio recording of an Oregon Historical Society event, consisting of a panel discussion moderated by Melody Rose. Gretchen Kafoury, Vera Katz, Norma Paulus, and Betty Roberts discuss the womens' movement in addition to their experiences in the Oregon State legislature in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Creative Commons - Attribution, Non-Commercial, ShareAlike (BY-NC-SA)

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  • English

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Oh What a Night!, 2004 March 18, SR 2534, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Program held at the Oregon Historical Society on March 18, 2004.

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