As part of my summer internship, I’ve been working for the last several weeks with DPC staff to coordinate a new series of recurring walking tours…and we wanted to give our blog readers an inside look at what’s in store for late summer/ fall.
Dill Pickle Walking Tours will be a series of four recurring tours that will promote the DPC’s mission of broadening knowledge about Portland to both visitors and locals. Far from your average walking tour themes, the topics will engage audience members in the largely unseen or untold past and present accounts of Portland that contribute to its contemporary, urban landscape.
As part of our marketing efforts, we’re working with our friends at KeeganMeegan & Co. Maybe you seen their work on last year’s beautiful Perfect Pickle poster? Charged with the arduous task of creating a brochure that exudes DPC’s unique flair, Keegan is in the process drafting some preliminary designs. The brochure will go out to members, and be available at Travel Portland (Pioneer Courthouse) and select area hotels.
Come September, we’ll be debuting four expert-led tours held on a recurring basis. With a host of revered experiences, our tour guides will each lead a monthly tour built around their esteemed knowledge on their respective topics. Read the full roster of programs and get the details after the jump!
Carye Bye of Red Bat Press and will lead a tour that brings the hidden treasures of Portland to the audience’s attention. A visual and interactive tour of Portland that encourages participation, play, and active learning in order to see the Rose City with new eyes and experiences.
Kick Off: August 31st
David Kohl of the Gay and Lesbian Pacific Northwest Archives will lead a tour of Portland’s Queer History. Back by popular demand after his participation in a similar preceding DPC tour in conjunction with PICA, important past and present landmarks of Portland’s queer culture will be visited.
Kick Off: September 8th
Reiko Hillyer, a professor of African American history and Urban History at Lewis and Clark College, will lead a tour of Old Town/Chinatown that highlights history of Chinese immigrants in Portland in the context of Portland’s development into an industrial city. Focusing on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the tour will also incorporate discussion of Japanese-American and African-American enclaves.
Kick Off: September 15th
Doug Kenck-Crispin, resident historian of Kick Ass Oregon History, will lead a tour of Portland’s seamier side, mostly focusing on the Red Light District, that includes both historical and contemporary elements. Tour ends with an optional gathering at Mary’s Club.
Kick Off: September 22nd
Stay tuned for more information regarding tour descriptions, dates, and times. For questions or comments regarding this series of recurring tours, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.