Thursday, May 3, 2012

Links to Self-Guided Walking Tours in the Pacific NW

City of Olympia Women’s History Walking Tour marks important women's history sites in Olympia, Washington.

Self-Guided Walking Tours of Seattle's Historic Districts Virtual walking tours of five Seattle neighborhoods offered by

Portland's Walk of the Heroines This innovative, educational park (and website) gives artistic recognition to women's vital contributions. Whether as teacher, scientist, business or political leader, artist, or athlete, or in the more private roles of mother, sister, friend, or volunteer, women shape our lives, our culture, and our society. The park includes an Educational Kiosk displaying heroine stories, gardens, artistic paving, sculptures, a fountain, a stage, naming walls and quotes by the women.

Japanese American Historical Plaza (Portland)Using thirteen engraved stones of basalt and granite, the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Portland tells an important story of the Japanese in Oregon.

Historic Old Town Walking Tour Map The cultural landscape of Old Town has been shaped over the past 150 years by African American, Chinese, Filipino, Greek, Japanese, Jewish, Native American, Roma and Scandinavian workers and their families. Through the collaboration of the various organizations of the Arts, Culture and History Committee of the Old Town Chinatown Neighbor- hood Association, the district’s past and present are now linked by the stories in these 20 bronze plaques. The bronze plaques embedded in the sidewalks will guide you. . . Experience the cultural diversity of Old Town through the voices of the people who lived and worked here.

Proposed AFRICAN-AMERICAN Historic District within Portland's Old Town This walk includes a permanent exterior historical exhibit installed on Central City Concern’s Golden West Hotel Building. The six display panels (and a soundtrack) tell the "social and ethnic story of the vibrant African-American community in Portland in the early 1900s and the successes and challenges of its residents."

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