Anthony I. Allen never knew W.D. Allen, his grandfather and the original owner of the Golden West Hotel, but he knows all the stories. From the time he was a child growing up in Los Angeles, Anthony Allen learned all about Portland’s historic Black hotel — located at 7th and Broadway Downtown — one of the only formal lodging houses in town that catered to African Americans in the first few decades of the 20th century.
On Oct. 22, Allen and many others – including PSU Black Studies Professor Dr. Darrell Millner, W.D. Allen’s great-granddaughter Nicole Allen email@example.com, City Commissioner Randy Leonard — gathered at Carlton Hart Architects to celebrate the unveiling of the new Golden West Historical Display. Visible from the street, the display features photos, historical descriptions and even an audio guide to what was once the center of African American culture in Portland.
Pictured above is Anthony I. Allen (right), Bill Hart of Carlton Hart Architects (center), who helped design the panels, and a supporter at Thursday’s event on 10.22.09.
>> Greetings Everyone: I am using this earlier email to get all of your email addresses. GREAT event on Thursday & many thanks to EV firstname.lastname@example.org for wonderful coordination & all of you great speakers. It was a grand success with so much positive energy in Bill’s office (major thanks to Bill & Carleton-Hart for hosting.
EV – please extend thanks to Robert from all of us, and the rest of the CC team. It was an unforgettable evening all around and first rate, from start to finish.Thanks again –Cathy Galbraith
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Will – I’m so sorry you’re not feeling well, we missed you at the Golden West exhibit celebration last night. It was a great event with over 160 people there and wonderful energy. The speeches and music went well and people were mingling, looking at the exhibit, and having a good time. You were specifically thanked by Ed Blackburn and Jackie Peterson for all your work making the project happen. And now the exhibit is up on the building for a long time to come, for anyone to see and hear. Thanks for your major role in moving this all forward and making it happen. – EV
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(~_~)(~_~)(~_~)(~_~)(~_~)(~_~)(~_~)(~_~)(~_~)(~_~)>> GOLDEN WEST PROJECT
>> BUILDING A NETWORK FOR PRESERVATION OF
>> PORTLAND’S & OREGON’S AFRICAN AMERICAN
>> EXPERIENCE/HISTORY…AND MORE!!!
Meeky Meeky Blizzard Advisor for Livable Communities Congressman Earl Blumenauer
You’re most welcome, Will.
Yes, I’m sorry to have missed you too. I understood that you weren’t feeling well and so didn’t attend – but I’m sure you’ve heard from others that it was an exciting and well-attended event. I hope you’re feeling much better by now.
email@example.com wrote: Hi Will, There was a photographer from the Oregonian there and I know that Michael Chappie Grice also took a lot of pictures. It was a fantastic evening and the only thing missing was you. Congratulations!
Will, It was a very moving and impactful experience for me and my wife to learn more about Blacks in Portland. We are close friends with Dick and Nola Bogle. Thanks for the picture and please keep me on your mailing list for any future events. Best Wishes, George
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