Land of Milk and Honey: An Illuminated Guide to Oregon’s Bounty
Thursday, May 5
Lincoln Performance Hall
Portland State University
1620 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201
A pictorial history of food in Oregon from 1850 to 1940 with an emphasis on the agricultural bounty that makes the state as one of the best places to eat in the world! Culinary historian Heather Arndt Anderson (Portland: A Food Biography) and Oregon Historical Society archivist Matthew Cowan will present a collection of historic glass lantern slides – hand colored and projected using an original 1930’s projector – depicting Oregon’s cornucopia and the stories behind them.
A proto-cinematic device, lantern slide projectors – including their “magic” predecessors from the 1850s – were an early mode of audio visual performance before the advent of motion picture film. From Portland classrooms to Carnegie Hall, these slide shows were often the sole means for the general public to visit distant lands and mountain peaks and were often noted for their vivid colors. Soon though, with the advent of 16mm to the home market in the 1920s and followed by the introduction of Kodachrome in 1935, these glass slides were soon replaced with more stable and affordable media.
The presentation will be followed by a reception in Lincoln Hall. The Portland State University Film Program emphasizes how historical research animates the past through the study of the origins of early cinema, film archiving, and the studio system, and ticket sales from this event go towards the support the program’s mission.
$20, General Public
$10, Student (all)