Golden West History Project Advisory Committee


Greetings! I am contacting you in your role as a Golden West Historic Display Advisory Committee member. You received a letter from Central City Concern about this project in fall 2008, and we are now moving forward and would like to invite you to participate in the first Advisory Committee meeting in April.

At the meeting, the Advisory Committee will be asked to give input on the draft visual and sound elements of the Golden West display. The Advisory Committee is a diverse group of approximately 10 people with representation from the African American community, from the local neighborhood, and from CCC; please see attached list. As a volunteer for this committee, we hope you’ll do the following:

  • Attend two meetings to review the proposed content of the historic display;
  • Help make the display ‘unveiling’ event a success;
  • Help publicize the exhibit to schools, history groups, community groups, etc.

Background: As you know, the Golden West building is one of the oldest remaining landmarks of African American history in Portland.  Central City Concern purchased and renovated the building in 1989, and recently took full ownership.  For the past 19 years, the Golden West has served countless homeless and mentally ill people. In 2007 CCC undertook a number of renovations to the building. We earmarked $4000 to restore the historic display that faces Everett Street sidewalks. When the City of Portland Visions in Action grant program became known, CCC contacted Old Town History Project Director Dr. Jackie Peterson who helped us put together an application.  CCC was awarded $9250 from the City and $1000 from the Oregon Council on the Humanities. The combined funds, plus in-kind labor contributions primarily by CCC, will allow us to restore and improve the exhibit panels and to also add two new display windows on the Broadway side of the building and a sound component. The major goal is to convey the vibrancy of the African American neighborhood around the Golden West in the early part of the 20th century.

Let me know if you have any questions and we look forward to the first Advisory Committee meeting.

Thanks, EV, CCC

Golden West History Project Advisory Committee

Name Role in the project Project-relevant background
Billy Anfield Advisory Committee CCC Employment Access Center Employment Mentor; his relatives lived in the neighborhood of the Golden West
EV Armitage Advisory Committee & administrative project manager for the project CCC Executive Coordinator
Will Bennett Advisory Committee Community practitioner.  His ‘Golden West Project’ is one of the ‘partners and friends’ of the City of Portland Vision-Into-Action VIA program which awarded us a grant.
Ed Blackburn Advisory Committee & project director Executive Director of CCC
Dick Bogle Advisory Committee His grandfather ran the barber shop at the Golden West in its heyday.  The barber’s daughter-in-law, Katherine Bogle, was the prime author of the original historic display.
Kathy Galbraith Advisory Committee & project historical consultant Director of the Bosco Milligan foundation for architectural preservation;  knowledgeable about African American history in Portland
Michael Chappie Grice Advisory Committee Helped create the original historic display at the Golden West in 1990.
Bill Hart Advisory Committee Principal with Carlton Hart Architects which did renovation work on the Golden West recently
Darrell Millner, PhD Advisory Committee Professor of history at PSU with specialty in African American history
Jackie Peterson Phd Advisory Committee & project historian and curator Historian specializing in America’s social and multiethnic history.  Curator for multiple exhibits.  Founder of the Old Town History Project
Bing Sheldon Advisory Committee & SERA is donating design services Principal with SERA Architects and board member of the Old Town History Project

Golden West History Project Advisory Committee


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