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The Wage/Working jukebox has moved to Likewise, 3564 SE Hawthorne

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KYC is excited to partner with AARP Oregon AGAIN for a new tour of Portland's Waterfront, 10/24 10am

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Thank you to all our Kickstarter Supporters! Click to find your name.

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Thanks! Portland Timbers Commmunity Fund honor Jade Journal students.


Help Us Celebrate One of Our Favorite Portlanders!

Cameron Whitten has been our Executive Director since November 2015, and we just can’t believe that he’s only turning 26 in a couple of days! On April 13th, we’re showing our love for Cameron and his work with a birthday bash that everyone is invited to. And in honor of Cameron, you can make a $26 suggested donation to Know Your City. RSVP here!
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And if you can’t make it on the 13th, you can make a donation of $26 or more, here!

Know Your City’s next Pride Forever tour is this Saturday, from 12pm to 2pm meeting outside of Voodoo Doughnuts. Get your tickets here!


Mark your calendars for our second Resistance Talks, featuring School Board Candidates for Portland Public Schools and Portland Community College. Join us on April 21st at the PCC Cascade Auditorium.

And join us for our newest walking tour!Fresh Grounds is a walking tour of nonprofit and socially conscious coffeemakers who are changing the way a cup is roasted, sold, and enjoyed. Join us on April 15th for our first tour and get some delicious coffee, courtesy of Know Your City!

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These stories change lives. Support the development of new cultural empowerment initiatives for those who need it the most.

Click here to donate to Know Your City.




Be engaged! Programs and Events Calendar:

April 8th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm: Pride Forever, LGBTQ History tour

April 13th, 6:00pm – 8:30pm: Cameron’s Iron Man Birthday Bash

April 15th, 10:00am – 12:00pm: Fresh Grounds Coffee Tour

April 21st, 6:00pm – 8:00pm:  Resistance Talks: Educational Candidate’s Forum

April 22nd, 12:00 – 2:00pm: Hidden History of Albina tour

May 6th, 10:00am – 12:00pm: Fresh Grounds Coffee Tour

May 13th, 10:00am – 12:00pm: Fresh Grounds Coffee Tour

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Announcing our newest program: Resistance Talks

At a time when our nation is seriously divided, and reports of discrimination are rising as a result of the 2016 election, 2017 is going to be the most important year yet for Know Your City’s mission of sharing stories of humanity. Because of this, we’ve entered into a partnership with Portland’s Resistance and other community partners to host Resistance Talks. Resistance Talks will be a series of monthly events that will discuss some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time and call our community to action.

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Our first Resistance Talks is themed “the Rise of Corporate Rule,” which will discuss how the financial establishment has attained new positions to influence public policy, and provide examples of how local efforts are empowering the community and economy.

Join us March 24th at People’s Co-op for the first Resistance Talk. RSVP early, as we expect to sell out.

We’re offering a $200 prize to the graphic designer whose logo will be selected to cover the 10 new comics being published this year. Email your logo design by March 24th to be included in the consideration.

Current Oregon History Comics Logo:


We have six suggested themes for what would well represent a new “Oregon History Comics” logo:

1. Mountains Meet Metropolis
2. She Flies With Her Own Wings
3. The Beaver State
4. Digging In
5. State of Change
6. Knowledge and Action

And if you don’t like those categories — no worries! Feel free to send whatever inspires you and we’ll gladly consider it.

Help us publish our 11th Oregon History Comics, Hung Far Low! Click here to support our crowdfunding campaign and get a pre-sale version of the Hung Far Low Comic for a discounted cost.


If you’d like to support the development of new tours about our diverse history and culture, please consider a donation to Know Your City.

Be engaged! Programs and Events Calendar:

March 11th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm: Pride Forever: LGBTQ History Tour

March 18th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm: Hidden History of Albina

March 24th, 5:30pm – 8:00pm: Resistance Talks – the Rise of Corporate Rule

March 25th, 12:00pm – 2:00pmA People’s History of Portland

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Support Know Your City this Holiday Season!

With the new year on the horizon, we’re reflecting on seven years of vital community programming. With fears of division and discrimination elevated as a result of the election, 2017 is going to be the most important year yet for Know Your City’s mission of sharing stories of humanity.

And this holiday season, we are ask you and this great community, to help lead Know Your City into a better future.

Our hope is to raise $4,000 by the end of the year, which will empower Know Your City with the resources to compensate our staff and preserve our upcoming programs in 2017, such as Youth Print PDX, the second edition of the Oregon History Comics, and our summer walking tours.

Highlights from this past year’s KYC programs include: the wildly popular Hidden History of Albina Tour, the Boise Bulletin at Boise-Eliot Humboldt School, and our America’s Next Top Candidate forum and talent showcase. We’ve done all this on shoestring budgets and a scrappy 2.5 full-time staff, along with the help of many, many volunteers.

A donation of $25, $50, or $100 to Know Your City will make a difference in the lives of Portland youth and their families through programs that educate and build community.

Share this crowdfunding campaign, and donate to Know Your City!

Please make as generous gift as you are able. Please share this crowdfunding page with your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. Your contributions help us to lead a new conversation about our history, our culture, and defining Portland as a place where people of all identities are welcome, and celebrated.

And join us for the holiday season! We’re bringing our community together for a Winter walk of two of our favorite KYC tours. On Christmas Eve, we’re hosting our Secular People’s History of Portland tour and on Christmas Day, we’re bringing back our traditional Seedy, Seam Portland Tour with historian Doug Kenck Krispin. Just bring yourselves, and we’ll bring the peppermint candy canes!

Be engaged! Programs and Events Calendar:
December 10th, 1:00 – 2:30pm: Pride Forever: LGBTQ Portland
December 24th, 3:00 – 5:00pm: “A Secular Christmas Eve” People’s History of Portland
December 25th, 3:00 – 4:30pm: Seedy, Seamy, Sinful Portland Tour — Christmas Edition!!

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Hidden History of Albina

Fresh Grounds Coffee Tour

People’s History of Portland Tour


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