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Underground History: Lost And FOUND In The Archives

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Oregon Historical Society
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OHS Research Library, 2154.05
The U.S.S. Oregon files its pennant in Japan, 1900.

The scene at the end of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is one of the most famous in movie history: a great historical artifact is packed away in a huge warehouse, unlikely to be seen again.

The story of the banner from the Navy battleship U.S.S. Oregon reminds us of that scene. With one key difference: the banner was found, in storage at the Oregon Historical Society.

This is not just a banner that hangs on a wall; it was made to fly from the top of the ship in a stiff breeze. It is 215 feet long when completely unfurled.

Silvie Andrews at OHS found that out when she discovered the banner rolled up at OHS. She is our guest in this month's edition of Underground History, our joint venture with the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology.

Chelsea Rose of SOULA joins us once again to explore the story of Silvie Andrews and the found pennant.

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