History & Social Studies

When William Overton and Asa Lovejoy paddled down the Willamette River in 1844, Overton decided that an open area called, ‘The Clearing’, would make a good town site. This was the beginning of Portland. Today, ‘The Clearing’ has been transformed into Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and Portland has become a beautiful, vibrant and diversified city. In this class, you will explore Portland’s colorful history, tracing its growth and development from a Wild West town containing dozens of saloons and brothels, to the more refined Portland of today. Along the way, you will examine the people and places that shaped this city and you will develop ways to make Portland’s history really come alive for your students.

Through a combination of historical readings, museum visits and self-guided walks through downtown Portland, you will discover the city’s colorful past, examine the progression of architecture, urban parks and historical landmarks. Most importantly, you’ll develop lots of ideas for teaching historical Portland to your K-12 students.

Working closely with you, the instructor will help design lessons for classroom use that will maximize student learning. The instructor can also show you how to implement fun and educational field trips that focus on the lives of Portland’s pioneers and their impact on our lives today.

The Co-Instructor for this course is Christopher Naze, M.Ed.


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A comprehensive workbook that includes the required reading, field journal, and Driving Tour is available from the instructor.

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Course No. SS417e, SS517e

Tuition $195 ‑ $280

Quarter Credits 3

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