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Saturday
Apr 8
Pride Forever: LGBTQ History Tour
Voodoo Doughnut

Pride Forever examines the compelling stories of LGBTQ history in Portland, from pivotal spaces in which LGBTQ folks built community, to precious moments that galvanized the entire movement. This tour includes powerful in-person testimonials from local LGBTQ leaders and allies, as well as anecdotes from those who came before on topics such as 19th century cross dressing, the fight against AIDS, and violence against the trans community.

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Friday
Apr 21
Resistance Talks! Candidate Forum on Public Education
PCC Cascade

When: April 21st

Doors: 5:30 / Program: 6:00 - 8:00pm

Where: PCC Cascade Auditorium, 705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

$5 Suggested donation. Donations benefit the work of Know Your City.

At a time when our nation is seriously divided and reports of discrimination are rising as a result of the 2016 election, 2017 is going to be the most important year yet for Know Your City’s mission of sharing stories of humanity. Because of this, we’ve entered into a partnership with Portland’s Resistance and other community partners to host Resistance Talks. Resistance Talks will be a series of monthly events that will discuss some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time and call our community to action. Our second Resistance Talks is focused on Public Education, hearing specifically from candidates for Portland Public Schools and PCC Zone 5. Our forum will cover a diversity of education concerns, including the school to prison pipeline, school vouchers, DACA, and school funding.

Candidates include:

PPS Zone 4 Rita Moore Jamila Singleton Munson PPS Zone 5 Scott Bailey Virginia La Forte PPS Zone 6 Julia Brim Edwards Josie Simonis

PCC Zone 5 Valdez Bravo Moses Ross

Join us at PCC Cascade Auditorium, 705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217 Suggested donation is $5.

About Know Your City: Know Your City engages the public in art and social justice through creative placemaking projects. Our programs and publications aim to educate people to better know their communities, and to empower them to take action.

About Portland’s Resistance: Portland’s Resistance is a community group that organizes direct action and policy demands to bring about the just and equitable future that we all deserve.

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Saturday
Apr 22
Hidden History of Albina Tour
Little Big Burger, Mississippi

Know Your City presents the Hidden History of Albina tour. Tour destinations include public art, historic buildings, and green spaces. The Boise and Eliot neighborhoods in North Portland are rich in diverse history and culture,serving as the historic heart of Portland’s African American community.

Over the past few decades, dramatic changes have altered the face of the region, something which can go easily unnoticed to those who don’t know the history. This tour provides a great opportunity for new residents and visitors to reconnect with the roots of this community, from the history of the City of Albina to Vanport and beyond.

Here are some of the historic locations that will be visited:

The only church in Portland where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church.

One of the few remaining black owned businesses on North Mississippi, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge.

The historic headquarters of the Urban League of Portland.

Dawson Park and the remnants of Albina’s City Hall building.

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Saturday
Apr 29
A People's History of Portland Tour
Voodoo Doughnut

A People's History of Portland" is a walking tour that highlights the lesser known stories of Portland’s immigrants, social activists, and working class heroes.

Before Portland was known for Portlandia, bikes and brews, the foundations of the city were built by immigrant laborers.This tour tells Portland’s story from the point of view of Chinese people, Japanese people, African American people, Jewish people, and the LGBT communities that are often left out of mainstream conversations about Portland.

RSVP through this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-peoples-history-of-portland-tour-tickets-33637138587

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Saturday
May 20
Pride Forever: LGBTQ History Tour
Voodoo Donut Downtown

Pride Forever examines the compelling stories of LGBTQ history in Portland, from pivotal spaces in which LGBTQ folks built community, to precious moments that galvanized the entire movement. This tour includes powerful in-person testimonials from local LGBTQ leaders and allies, as well as anecdotes from those who came before on topics such as 19th century cross dressing, the fight against AIDS, and violence against the trans community.

RSVP through this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-forever-lgbtq-history-tour-tickets-33639271968

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Saturday
May 27
Hidden History of Albina Tour (Know Your City)
Little Big Burger, Mississippi

Know Your City presents the Hidden History of Albina tour. Tour destinations include public art, historic buildings, and green spaces. The Boise and Eliot neighborhoods in North Portland are rich in diverse history and culture,serving as the historic heart of Portland’s African American community.

Over the past few decades, dramatic changes have altered the face of the region, something which can go easily unnoticed to those who don’t know the history. This tour provides a great opportunity for new residents and visitors to reconnect with the roots of this community, from the history of the City of Albina to Vanport and beyond.

Here are some of the historic locations that will be visited:

  • The only church in Portland where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church.
  • One of the few remaining black owned businesses on North Mississippi, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge.
  • The historic headquarters of the Urban League of Portland.
  • Dawson Park and the remnants of Albina’s City Hall building.

RSVP through this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hidden-history-of-albina-tour-tickets-33637794549

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Saturday
Jun 10
VBC 17: A People's History of Portland
Voodoo Donut Downtown

Use promo code "village" for a free ticket. Pre-ordering is a requirement : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-peoples-history-of-portland-tour-tickets-33639410382

A People's History of Portland" is a walking tour that highlights the lesser known stories of Portland’s immigrants, social activists, and working class heroes.

Before Portland was known for Portlandia, bikes and brews, the foundations of the city were built by immigrant laborers.This tour tells Portland’s story from the point of view of Chinese people, Japanese people, African American people, Jewish people, and the LGBT communities that are often left out of mainstream conversations about Portland.

Led by Know Your City's professional tour guide, a People’s History of Portland in an interactive exploration into the city you’ve heard so much about.

Tour Highlights: -Portland's "Old" and "New" Chinatowns -The site of Portland’s first African American community -"Nihonmachi," Portland’s Japantown -LGBT roots in Old Town -Jewish roots in Portland -Marie Equi in Portland and early Portland women’s history

Remember to register online with promo code "village": https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-peoples-history-of-portland-tour-tickets-33639410382

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Saturday
Jul 22
LGBTQ History of Portland: Pride Forever
Star Theater

Join us! For Know Your City's LGBTQ History Walking Tour, Pride Forever, with comedian/activist, Belinda Carroll and historian, Melissa Lang! Join us for an evening exploring over a century of action and resilience in the LGBTQ community, followed by a Q&A at one of Portland’s most beloved LGBTQ Bars: CC Slaughters

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 19th Century Cross Dressing
  • 1912 YMCA and Greek Scandals!
  • Vaseline Alley and the Pink Triangle
  • Measure 9 and the fight against anti-gay legislation
  • AIDS Epidemic (and how you can help!)
  • Darcelle, the longest performing drag queen* Guinness Book of World Records

Join us! We have three price levels!

  1. Standard ticket: priced to ensure all can join us!
  2. Ticket plus a comic book!: check out our Comics for Change: https://shop.knowyourcity.org/collections (we will bring comics with us, or you can email in advance a comic of your choice)
  3. Ticket + Donation: This ticket price helps us ensure our tours are accessible to everyone, and that our tour guides are well paid! ...or
  4. Donation only!: Or, you can donate here to show your support for our programming and to ensure the accessibility and sustainability of our tours.
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Saturday
Aug 5
Pride Forever: LGBTQ History of Portland Walking Tour (Know Your City)
Know Your City

Join us! For Know Your City's LGBTQ History Walking Tour, Pride Forever, with comedian/activist, Belinda Carroll and historian, Melissa Lang!

Want to know all the dow low dirt from the 1900's in PDX? Yeah, you do! Did you know Portland had a famous bathhouse? Or, that some of the first Queer activism started right here? Yeah, we've always been rebels, baby.

Join us for an evening exploring over a century of action and resilience in the LGBTQ community.

Highlights of the Tour: -19th Century Cross-Dressing -1912 YMCA and 1913 Greek Scandals! -Vaseline Alley and the Pink Triangle -Measure 9 and the fight against anti-gay legislation -AIDS Epidemic (and how you can help!) -Darcelle, the longest performing drag queen* Guinness Book of World Records

Join us!

We have three price levels! 1. Standard ticket: priced to ensure all can join us! 2. Ticket + comic book! (we will bring an array of comic books related to the tours topic! 3. Ticket + Donation: This ticket price helps us ensure our tours are accessible to everyone, and that our tour guides are well paid! ...or 4. Donation only!: Can't join us? You can still support our work lifting voices through our arts, history and youth programs! Every penny helps sustain our programs!

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Thursday
Aug 10
Know Your City: Celebrate Our Leaders
Q Center

COME JOIN US TO CELEBRATE: After eight successful years of leadership in civic empowerment and creative placemaking, we at Know Your City have a special announcement from our board and two of our staff members, Cameron Whitten and Lydia Grijalva: Cameron is stepping down as Executive Director, and Lydia Grijalva is stepping up as our Interim Executive Director.

Cameron Whitten has served with Know Your City since 2013. First, as a Board Member, then as Board President, and since September 2015, Executive Director. After two years of service, Cameron is leaving his position as Executive Director.

We would like to publically thank Cameron for everything he has done to make KYC what it is today. His leadership has been pivotal in setting the groundwork for us to leverage our impact in Portland.

But don’t worry! He’ll still be around. You can catch Cameron leading the Hidden History of Albina and People’s History of Portland tours, and guest starring in special events. No matter where he goes, Cameron will always be a part of our Know Your City family. Cameron has made sacrifices time and time again to ensure that these important programs were successful. Cameron has given so much to our organization, and we’re so thankful to have had him on staff.

Additionally, we are honored to welcome Lydia as our Interim Director. Already, we see that she is a capable, strategic, and passionate leader who is sure to facilitate continued success for Know Your City. We can’t wait to see what the future brings!

Come join us at the Q Center for a potluck and to celebrate our leaders!


Know Your City engages the public in art and social justice through creative placemaking projects.

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Friday
Aug 25
LGBTQ History Walking Tour: Pride Forever!
Star Theater

Join us! For Know Your City's LGBTQ History Walking Tour, Pride Forever, with comedian/activist, Belinda Carroll and historian, Melissa Cornelius Lang! Join us for an evening exploring over a century of action and resilience in the LGBTQ community.

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 19th Century Cross-Dressing
  • 1912 YMCA and 1913 Greek Scandals!
  • Vaseline Alley and the Pink Triangle
  • Measure 9 and the fight against anti-gay legislation
  • AIDS Epidemic (and how you can help!)
  • Darcelle, the longest performing drag queen - Guinness Book of World Records

Know Your City engages the public in art and social justice through creative placemaking projects.

Website
Saturday
Sep 2
Hidden History of Albina: Black History of Portland
Little Big Burger, Mississippi

Know Your City presents the Hidden History of Albina tour! The Boise and Eliot neighborhoods in North Portland are rich in diverse history and culture, serving as the historic heart of Portland’s African American community. Over the past few decades, dramatic changes have altered the face of the region, something which can go easily unnoticed. This tour provides a great opportunity for visitors, and residents alike to reconnect with the roots of this community, from the history of the City of Albina, to the city Vanport and beyond.

Here are some of the historic locations that will be visited:

  • The only church in Portland where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church!
  • One of the few remaining black owned businesses on North Mississippi, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge!
  • The historic headquarters of the Urban League of Portland!
  • Dawson Park and the remnants of Albina’s City Hall building

There are three ticket price options!

  • Regular Ticket Price: $10: All the knowledge + all the fun!
  • Ticket + Comic Book: $15: This tour ticket comes with your pick of one of our beloved comic books!
  • Donation Ticket: $25: This ticket comes with a comic book, plus a generous donation to help us keep ticket price low and help us sustain our programs! Thank you!

For more on our comic books, visit: knowyourcity.org

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Sunday
Sep 24
PDX 101: Arts, Activism and History
Battleship Oregon Memorial Marine Park

PDX 101 is a downtown walking tour that illustrates the origins of Portland and its journey to the present. While exploring downtown art, parks, buildings, and bridges, and important people, we cover the collective history of Portland: from pop culture to marginalized histories, including the thousands of Multnomah people native to the region and the lessons we have learned while transforming into a growing urban city. KYC's PDX101 tour stands out with our emphasis on native history, Portland’s unique style of urban planning, and influential social movements make up our past.

Conversations and destinations on the tour include:

  • Ankeny Alley: Skidmore Fountain and Voodoo Doughnuts
  • Downtown Waterfront: the buried Harbor Drive, the Willamette superfund site and big pipe project, Mill Ends Park
  • The South Park Blocks: an incubating place for Portland’s social movements
  • The Portlandia Statue and TriMet’s Bus Mall

For more on our comic books, visit: knowyourcity.org


Carlos the Rollerblader
Artist
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Know Your City
Tourist Information Center · Portland, Oregon
Know Your City engages the public in art and social justice through creative placemaking projects.

Website
Friday
Oct 6
LGBTQ History Walking Tour: Pride Forever!
Star Theater

Join us! For Know Your City's LGBTQ History Walking Tour, Pride Forever, with comedian/activist, Belinda Carroll and historian, Melissa Cornelius Lang! Join us for an evening exploring over a century of action and resilience in the LGBTQ community.

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 19th Century Cross-Dressing
  • 1912 YMCA and 1913 Greek Scandals!
  • Vaseline Alley and the Pink Triangle
  • Measure 9 and the fight against anti-gay legislation
  • AIDS Epidemic (and how you can help!)
  • Darcelle, the longest performing drag queen - Guinness Book of World Records

Know Your City engages the public in art and social justice through creative placemaking projects.

Website
Saturday
Oct 14
Know Your City: Hidden History Of Albina
Little Big Burger, Mississippi

Know Your City presents the Hidden History of Albina tour! The Boise and Eliot neighborhoods in North Portland are rich in diverse history and culture, serving as the historic heart of Portland’s African American community. Over the past few decades, dramatic changes have altered the face of the region, something which can go easily unnoticed. This tour provides a great opportunity for visitors, and residents alike to reconnect with the roots of this community, from the history of the City of Albina, to the city Vanport and beyond.

Here are some of the historic locations that will be visited:

  • The only church in Portland where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church!
  • One of the few remaining black owned businesses on North Mississippi, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge!
  • The historic headquarters of the Urban League of Portland!
  • Dawson Park and the remnants of Albina’s City Hall building!

Know Your City
Tourist Information Center · Portland, Oregon
Know Your City engages the public in art and social justice through creative placemaking projects.

Website
Friday
Oct 20
LGBTQ History Walking Tour: Pride Forever!
Star Theater

Join us! For Know Your City's LGBTQ History Walking Tour, Pride Forever, with comedian/activist, Belinda Carroll and historian, Melissa Cornelius Lang! Join us for an evening exploring over a century of action and resilience in the LGBTQ community.

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 19th Century Cross-Dressing
  • 1912 YMCA and 1913 Greek Scandals!
  • Vaseline Alley and the Pink Triangle
  • Measure 9 and the fight against anti-gay legislation
  • AIDS Epidemic (and how you can help!)
  • Darcelle, the longest performing drag queen - Guinness Book of World Records

Know Your City engages the public in art and social justice through creative placemaking projects.

Website