Wednesday, August 05, 2009

What do you think?: Milestones in Oregon history

Have you heard about the Oregon Encyclopedia? This free online resource is a project of Portland State University, the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, and the Oregon Historical Society, and aims to be a "comprehensive and authoritative compendium of information about the Oregon's history and culture."

According to the web site:
All Oregonians are invited to participate by suggesting entries, writing submissions, and attending community meetings. All entries are written by knowledgeable authors, reviewed by experts, and meticulously checked to ensure accuracy.
So, how are the health sciences represented so far? Clicking on the topic link on the left for "Science, Medicine, and Technology" will get you a short list of people, organizations, places, and events, but only four medical figures: Marie Equi, "Doc" Hay Ing, Esther Pohl Lovejoy, and Bethenia Owens-Adair. As of now, there are no entries for any nurses or dentists, hospitals or healthcare topics.

What would you suggest? While some healthcare entries have already been proposed (there will be an entry for OHSU, for example, once an author is selected), the project sponsors are looking for broad-based input. There are "Guidelines for Significance" posted on the site:
Does the suggested entry:
have a strong connection to Oregon?
constitute a contribution to Oregon culture?
establish a basis for subsequent activities in Oregon?
represent the spirit of a community or time or place?
represent events that were pivotal in a community's history?
represent something unique or significantly inventive or creative?
represent a national or international accomplishment or recognition?
What about the Starr-Edwards heart valve? Oregon's Death With Dignity Act? The Oregon State Hospital? You be the judge! Or, the nominator, as the case may be.

If you don't have a suggestion--or you see that your favorite person/place/subject is already represented, maybe you'd like to volunteer? Or, if you're just curious about Oregon's rich history, you can watch the "Recent Entries" page, to see what new information has been added. There's something here for every Oregon history buff.

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