Cascade Geographic Society's 
AUTUMN 2001 Classes
(Graduate & Undergraduate cooperative Education Classes through Portland State University)

Payment Notice: Please note regarding payment for classes: make out one check (to P.S.U.) or pay with your credit card. You need to do this separately for each class. Check or credit card must be processed through Cascade Geographic Society, and must be received prior to the second class date . Payments not received by then may delay official registration and credit/grade. Please call (503) 622-4798 (Michael) or (503) 658-6233 (Nita) for information or registration.

Important Notice: Participants must be prepared to begin on time and bring the following: sack lunch & snacks; $10 for museum fees, if needed; extra money in case of emergencies; proper dress and shoes to fit the weather conditions & season. Optional: camera & film.

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CLASSES:
Lewis & Clark- Native American Trail of Discovery: Sauvie Island & Wapato Valley (Oct 9)
Aurora Colony, Champoeg, & French Prairie Heritage Sites (Oct 10)
Historic Ethnic Communities of Old Town (Oct 11)
Lower Willamette River Haunted Places & Folklore for Educators (Oct 16)
Exploring Mt. Hood's Oregon Trail In Autumn (Oct 17)
Folklore & Ghost Stories of M t. Hood's Oregon Trail Landscapes (Oct 23)
Portland Underground: Maritime History of the Infamous Shanghai Tunnels (Nov 13)
Portland Architectural Landmarks & Mansions: A History of Elegance & Folklore
(Nov 27)

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DETAILED CLASS INFORMATION

Lewis & Clark-- Native American Trail of Discovery: 
Sauvie Island & Wapato Valley
[New as of April 4, 2001]--- 1 Credit
Graduate -- K2258BG-CI 810/Undergrad. --- CRN: K2258BG--CI 410
Instructor: Michael P. Jones, M.S.  FEE- $117 
Dates, Times, & Meeting Places: Tues. Oct 9, 6-9 p.m. --- Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark, Portland, Oregon; AND Sat. Oct 13, 10-5:30 p.m. --- Meet on Sauvie Island off Highway 30 in the parking lot just below the Bridge.

During the years 1804 and 1805, the "Corps of Discovery", lead by Captain Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, explored the Columbia River during the years 1804 and 1805. They followed the long-established trails and canoe routes of Native Americans, studying and mapping the natural environment, recording in their journals the indigenous people they encountered, as well as the wildlife and natural resources. 

Along this "Great River of the West", the expedition found itself in Wapato Valley (which ranged from the mouth of the Sandy River to Wapato Island (known today as Sauvie), and beyond to the Coast Range. These areas represent a land that had been utilized by indigenous people for over 10,000-plus years. This heritage of both the native people and Lewis and Clark will be explored as you follow in their footsteps and in the wake of their canoes, as you study these diverse histories through a number of special site visits, while you glean information to take back to the classroom to incorporate into curriculums and special units.

Aurora Colony, Champoeg, & French Prairie Heritage Sites
[New as of Jan, 24, 2001]--- 1 credit
Grad -- CRN: K2259BG-CI 810/Undergrad. --- CRN: K2259BG--CI 410
Instructor: Michael P. Jones, M.S.  FEE- $127
Dates, Times, & Meeting Places: Wed Oct 10, 6-9 p.m. --- Midland Library, 805 SE Stark, Portland, Oregon;  
AND Sun Oct 14, 10-5:30 p.m. -- Meet outside the Carnegie Art Center at 606 John Adams, Oregon City, Oregon. 
(Cost includes all material & entrance fees!)

The settlements of the Aurora Colony, Champoeg, and French Prairie held the "key" to Euro-American control of the fertile Willamette Valley, not to mention the entire Northwest. This class explores the history of the cultural uses of the Willamette River landscapes by Native Americans, the role of the French-Canadian trappers and their Indian wives, and later by Oregon Trail emigrants and other American homesteaders. Studied will be the Aurora Colony (a German religious commune), Champoeg (where Oregon's First Provisional Government was founded during what became known as the "Wolf Meetings"), and the French Prairie Area, examining their fascinating past by visiting these special places of Old Oregon, which holds some ideal heritage educational sources for the study and exploration of the rich history of the Old Oregon Country. This class will explore the well-known and little-known history of these unique frontier villages that played a significant role in the development of pioneer agriculture and cottage industries that became the economic foundation in what was then known as the "New Eden". Studied will be the unique way of life, traditions, religious beliefs, cultural practices, architecture, and folklore surrounding these special places of history by visiting and exploring them first hand. A unique opportunity to gather information for developing teaching units and strengthening classroom curriculums.

Special In-Service Day Class! 
Historic Ethnic Communities of Old Town 
[New as of Jan, 23, 2001]--- 1 credit
Grad -- CRN: K2257BG-CI 810/Undergrad. --- CRN: K2257BG--CI 410
Instructor: Michael P. Jones, M.S.  FEE - $137
Dates, Times, & Meeting Places:
Thurs Oct 11, 6-9 p.m. --- Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark, Portland, Oregon; AND Fri Oct 12, 10-5:30 p.m. --- Meet outside in the parking lot near the former cinema at Mall 205, S.E. 102nd & Washington Street, Portland, Oregon. [NOTE: This mall is undergoing construction, so go to the building closest to Washington Street.]  (Cost includes all material, entrance fees, & complimentary lunch!)

Historically, from 1850 to 1941, Portland's Old Town and adjacent waterfront areas earned a reputation for being the "Worst Port in the World" for its shanghai trade. An estimated 1,500 unsuspecting victims each year, who were primarily sailors, loggers, river-men, cowboys, ranch-hands, sheepherders, and drifters, found themselves being dropped through trap doors, locked up in underground cells, and then taken through tunnels that "snaked" their way beneath the cast-iron and brick buildings that graced the cobblestone streets with their Victorian charm. Long known as the "Old North End", or "White Chapel" because of the ever-present violence, this was a part of the "City of Roses" that most citizens were warned to stay out of. However, the area had another side to it which most people were either unaware of or paid little attention to; ethnic communities. Here, sandwiched in between those visible places of vice -- bootlegging joints, speak-easys, bordellos, gambling parlors, opium dens, and nickel beer saloons -- was Japantown, Chinatown, and Gypsytown. This class examines and explores not only the shanghai history of Old Town, but also the other shocking histories that have been largely ignored: the Japanese from the 1880's up to their internment during World War II; the Chinese with their development of Old Chinatown to the violence that forced the establishment of New Chinatown; and the Gypsies who, after working the shipyards during the war, found themselves aggressively targeted by new city ordinances that discriminated against them. This class will assist participants in gathering new classroom resources to help with expanding inter-disciplinary units and curriculums for the study of Portland's little-known early maritime and ethnic history.

Lower Willamette River Haunted Places& Folklore for Educators
[New as of Oct. 17, 2000]--- 1 Credit
Grad -- CRN: K2260BG-CI 810/Undergrad. --- CRN: K2260BG--CI 410
Instructor: Michael P. Jones, M.S.  FEE- $127
Dates, Times, & Meeting Places:
Tues October 16, 6-9 p.m. -- Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark, Portland, OR; AND Sat October 20, 10-5:30 p.m. -- Meet outside the Carnegie Art Center at  606 John Adams, Oregon City, OR

Ghosts along the Lower Willamette River? Here in this region that possesses some of the richest heritage of oral traditions in the Pacific Northwest, the stories and folklore reveal tales of ghostly hauntings that are associated with some particular historic events and places. From steamboat landings to pioneer graveyards, to historic homes, to a waterfall and camas-gathering area, and other significant sites, participants learn about some of the history and of the people who are said to still haunt these places. 

This class features a very different side of history -- the one rarely written about in books -- but passed on through the oral traditions of the Indians, the fur traders, and the early-day settlers and missionaries, and their descendants. This is an ideal way to learn about the stories and little-known-history of what the emigrants called the "New Eden" (the Willamette Valley).

Exploring Mt. Hood's Oregon Trail In Autumn 
[New as of ??] -- 1 credit
Grad -- CRN: K2261BG-CI 810/Undergrad. --- CRN: K2261BG--CI 410
Instructor: Michael P. Jones, M.S.  FEE -  $117
Dates, Times, & Meeting Places: Wed Oct 17, 6-9 p.m. --- Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd, Portland, Oregon; 
AND Sun Oct 21, 10-5:30 p.m. -- Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center 24525 E. Welches Road, Welches, Oregon.

The first attempted crossing of Oregon Trail emigrants over Mt. Hood's rugged natural landscape with "Prairie schooners", took place in the Autumn of 1845. Following leader Samuel Kimbrough Barlow, they traversed over an ancient Native American path, making these Willamette Valley-bound travelers the first to take this great risk of crossing over the Cascade Mountain Range. This ordeal represented one of the more infamous ordeals in all of the history of the Oregon Trail and almost cost the emigrants their lives. For some reason, however, historians have either changed the details of this account, or ignored it completely. 

This class will not only take participants to those places visited by the "overlanders" during their ordeal during the same season that they passed through the mountains, but will also provide interpretations of the true account of Barlow and his party. Visited will be Devil's Half Acre, Barlow Pass, Toll Gate, forgotten and near-forgotten graves, Trillium Lake, Pioneer Woman's Grave, Big Laurel Hill where covered wagons were lowered down steep cliffs with ropes, the graves and other historic sites of Summit Prairie, and much more. Walk in the "footprints" of the Oregon Trail pioneers and gain information that will enhance how you teach the Oregon Trail history in your classroom and revitalize your curriculum. 

Folklore & Ghost Stories of M t. Hood's Oregon Trail Landscapes
[New as of ??] -- 1 credit
Grad -- CRN: K2262BG-CI 810/Undergrad. --- CRN: K2262BG--CI 410
Instructor: Michael P. Jones, M.S.   FEE -  $122
Dates, Times, & Meeting Places: Tues Oct  23, 6-9 p.m. -- Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark Street, Portland, OR; AND Sat Oct 27, 10-5:30 p.m. --- Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center 24525 E. Welches Road, Welches, Oregon.

The Oregon Trail crossed Mt. Hood's southern flank and served as an alternative for emigrants to rafting down the Columbia River, who mistakenly believed that it was safer. This ancient Indian path that traversed through rugged and dangerous natural areas that lead these travelers over the Cascade Mountains and eventually to the Willamette Valley, forced these "overland" travelers through seemingly bottomless swamps and into lowering their "Prairie Schooners" down steep cliffs with ropes. The events that took place along this crude path became part of this Mountain's history and folklore, with fascinating tales of indigenous people, the Mountain Men, the gold-seekers and other prospectors, homesteaders, as well as infamous highwaymen, cattle rustlers, horse thieves, and other outlaws, some of whose spirits reportedly still continue to haunt to this very day. 

This class will allow you to explore the places where this 11,235-foot Mountain's oral traditions have long told of ghosts who reportedly still continue to linger in their earth-bound prison. From historical sites along the Oregon Trail to quiet out-of-the-way places within the forest, to isolated pioneer graves and mysterious tunnels hidden within the earth, to haunted houses and the back roads of old homesteads, these unique stories are now part of the area's folklore. The relationship of history to folklore and oral traditions, and understanding how to incorporate them into inter-disciplinary curriculums, is the focus of this class.

Portland Underground: Maritime History of the Infamous Shanghai Tunnels 
[New as of Nov 13, 2001] -- 1 Credit
Grad -- CRN: K2263BG-CI 810/Undergrad. --- CRN: K2263BG--CI 410
Instructor: Michael P. Jones, M.S.   FEE - $137
Dates, Times, & Meeting Places: Tues Nov 13, 6-9 p.m. --- Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark, Portland, Oregon; AND Sat Nov 17, 10-5:30 p.m. --- Meet outside in the parking lot near the former cinema at Mall 205, S.E. 102nd & Washington Street, Portland, Oregon. [NOTE: This mall is undergoing construction, so go to the building closest to Washington Street.]
  [SPECIAL NOTE: This class includes dinner at a former shanghaiing joint. You pay the tip and we take care of the rest!]

The "Portland Underground", more popularly known as the "Shanghai Tunnels", represents a little-known maritime history not found in the history books. Hidden in darkness and within the the cloak of corruption, its story is basically unwritten, and provides a glimpse back into the past of the "City of Roses". During the "heyday" of the shanghaiing trade, unsuspecting men were kidnapped and sold to sea captains, giving Portland the dubious notoriety of being the "worst port in the world". 

This class studies this shocking story that is revealed through a series of explorations of catacombs and forgotten darkened basements which represent the remnants of this little-told history of human rights violations at its absolute worst. From the 1850's to as late as the early 1940's, unsuspecting victims -- most with little or no ties to their families, such as sailors, loggers, sheepherders, cowboys, ranch hands, and other working stiffs -- learned first hand about the "darkness and shadows" of this river town that was wide-open because of its corruption. Many of these individuals who frequented such places as saloons, gambling parlors, opium dens, and bordellos, would find themselves dropped through trapdoors into basements, where they were held hostage in make-shift cells for a period of  time, until they were finally taken through this underground network out to the wharfs and sold to sea captains ready to "set sail" for the Orient. Once "out to sea", they soon realized that they were just another one of the many victims who were sold for "blood money" and made Portland the "Shanghai Capital of the World". Enrich your curriculums and study units with this fascinating course that takes you into the "Underground" as you explore its incredible secrets.

Portland Architectural Landmarks & Mansions: A History of Elegance & Folklore
[New as of Nov 27, 2001] -- 1 Credit
Grad -- CRN: K3209BG-CI 810/Undergrad. --- CRN: K3209BG--CI 410
Instructor: Michael P. Jones, M.S.   FEE - $137
Dates, Times, & Meeting Places: Tues Nov 27, 6-9 p.m. --- Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark, Portland, Oregon; AND Sat Dec 1, 10-5:30 p.m. --- Meet outside in the parking lot near the former cinema at Mall 205, S.E. 102nd & Washington Street, Portland, Oregon. [NOTE: This mall is undergoing construction, so go to the building closest to Washington Street.]

Portland's architectural landmarks are both diverse and elegant, with some experts actually referring to this wonderful eclectic assemblage as "frozen music". From the mansions of the "City of Roses" to the "painted ladies" of the Victorian homes, to the cast-iron frontage buildings and ornate fountains of the past, to even the magnificent bridges that continue to span the Willamette River, each of these landmarks possess a special grandeur that is unequaled in anything designed and built in our contemporary times. Each has their own story to tell, with some of this history having become part of the oral heritage of their neighborhoods, while others became immersed in the folklore of the city itself. 

Participants will explore a variety of these architectural wonders and learn about the fascinating stories behind them. Learn about the exciting history of some very uniq ue places like Pittock Mansion, the Simon Benson House, the ornate fountains and cast-iron and brick-fronted buildings of Old Town, the elegance of such residences as the Palmer House, the Lion & the Rose House, the Tudor House, the Portland White House, the Clinkerbrick House, the MacMaster House, and others. View them first-hand inside and out, gather their histories, and learn about their fascinating histories and about the special communities of which they are part. A great way to explore while gathering information for developing teaching units, curriculums, strengthening your professional knowledge, and just for personal interest.