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Underground History: Oregon's Record-Setting Drag Queen

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Darcelle with friend.

Most of our discussions on Underground History concern events and people of the distant past.  Underground History is about archaeology, primarily.  But sometimes digging is not a literal thing, it can also be about researching interesting people in our own time. 

And that's the case with Don Horn's research into Walter Cole.  Horn is the founder of Triangle Productions in Portland; his company recently closed a show about Darcelle XV, the drag queen alter ego of Walter Cole, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest drag queen in the world (pushing 90). 

The Oregon Historical Society also created a display of Darcelle costumes from more than 50 years of performing.  Don Horn joins us, along with regular partner Chelsea Rose of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA).


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