Portland in the 1960s: Stories from the Counterculture with author Polina Olsen

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Co-sponsored with Holy Names Heritage Center and McMenamins

The August History Pub will feature a panel discussion with Portland author Polina Olsen and notable counterculture icons of the era. Following the presentation, local musicians will perform songs that inspired and were inspired by this revolutionary time. In 1968, Newsweek reported an imminent threat of twenty thousand hippies descending on Portland, Oregon. Although the numbers were exaggerated, Portland did boast a vibrant 1960s culture of disenchanted and disenfranchised individuals seeking social and political revolution. Barefoot and bell-bottomed, they hung out in Portland's bohemian underground and devised a better world. What began in coffee shop conversations found its voice in the Willamette Bridge newspaper, KBOO radio station, and the Portland State University student strike, resulting in social, artistic, and political change in the Rose City. The panelists will bring to life the beat-snapping Caffe Espresso, the incense and black light posters of the Psychedelic Supermarket, and the spontaneous concerts and communal soups in Lair Park.