The 2021 Local Arrangements Committee has put together a webpage full of information about Portland, including the best places to eat, transportation options, and more. 



View our various 2021 tours below! You can sign up for tours when registering for the 2021 conference. All tours will take place on Thursday, October 28th! Head to the main Hilton lobby to meet up with your tour group!


Since 1994, the Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN), has been documenting and disseminating the region’s GLBTQ+ history. Visit their website to find a timeline of Oregon Gay History (https://www.glapn.org/6020timeline.html) and articles, newsletters, and videos about queer PNW history - https://www.glapn.org/index.html 

Want to check out some information about the history of Oregon’s beer scene? Watch Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Experience episode, “Beervana” - (https://www.opb.org/television/programs/oregonexperience/article/beervana-/) and check out the website for the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives at Oregon State University - https://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/ohba.html

Want to know more about Portland’s Heritage Tree Program? This link will take you to resources, including a link to download tour guide Dave Hedberg’s book, From Stumptown to Tree Town, and three short films about Portland trees and the people who love them. - https://www.portland.gov/trees/heritage-trees-portland/stumptown-tree-town

Portland's Best Brews Pub Crawl

1:00-4:30 PM  - A 25-minute walk through historic downtown Portland will land us among some of Oregon’s best brew pubs. We will visit with head brewers and other knowledgeable folks at 10 Barrel Brewing, Von Ebert Brewing, and finish at the McMenamins Crystal Ballroom with food and libations. Learn about the state’s hop industry, the industry’s adaptive reuse of historic buildings, and the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archive located at Oregon State University. So bring some walking around money and your thirst and join us for an informal and fun tour of beer worth drinking. At the tour’s conclusion, head back to the hotel or venture out on your own to visit historic Powell’s Books and/or the many great restaurants of the Pearl District for dinner. Tour leaves from the Hilton Lobby.

Capacity: 20 people

Cost: $15

Point People: Peter Kopp, University of Colorado Denver & Tiah Edmundson-Morton, Oregon State University

LGBTQ History Walking Tour

1:00-4:30 pm

Our route takes us about 2.5 miles (including a return to the conference headquarters on your own) with a modest elevation gain through the history of LGBTQ Portland. Hosted by Melissa Lang of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN) and Peter Boag, WSU-Vancouver, we explore varied sites in Portland’s downtown that have held significance to our city’s lgbtq population from the late 19th century to the present. Depending on COVID restrictions, we will also visit the Oregon Historical Society where archivists will introduce us to the rich collections of GLAPN.

Capacity: 20

Cost: $10

Point people: Melissa Lang (Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest) and Peter Boag (WSU-Vancouver)

Heritage Tree Walking Tours

Heritage Tree Walking Tour, Group 1 - 1:30-2:30 pm

Heritage Tree Walking Tour, Group 2 - 3:00-4:00 pm

The City of Portland recognizes and protects over 350 Heritage Trees deemed significant for their age, size, species, or historical association. Beginning at the Hilton lobby, this one and one half mile walk through the central city will take you to some of Portland’s first and oldest Heritage Trees. Using the trees as anchors to the past, we will not only learn about Portland's Heritage Tree program, but the history of how a city nicknamed "Stumptown" replanted its urban forest and some stories of people who designed some of the city’s early public parks and gardens.

Capacity: 20

Cost: $10

Point Person: Dave Hedberg

Remote option: Download a self-guided booklet of heritage trees here: https://www.portland.gov/sites/default/files/2020-04/fromstumptowntotreetown.pdf

2021 Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chairs

Katy Barber
Portland State University

Steven Fountain
Washington State University, Vancouver

2021 Local Arrangements Committee

Katy Barber, Portland State University (Co-Chair)
Steven Fountain, Washington State University, Vancouver (Co-Chair)
Ryan Booth, Washington State University
Peter Boag, Washington State University
Coll Thrush, University of British Columbia
Peter Kopp, University of Colorado Denver
Greta Smith, Independent Public Historian
David Paul Hedberg, Independent Public Historian

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The WHA is grateful to KU's History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their generous support!

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