Moths, 1943

Two girls dressed as moths, 1943. This image comes from one of Dorothea Lensch’s scrapbooks. Lensch served at the Director of Recreation from 1937 to 1973. As the first Director of Recreation, she revitalized the Parks Department by expanding existing programming and developing new programs that included the arts, dance, and other forms of play. During a time of economic, political, and social upheaval, as well substantial growth within the City of Portland, Lensch was a leader within the community by promoting her belief that recreation was central to a strong and healthy community.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2001-013.7.


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To celebrate Archives Month the City of Portland Archives & Records Center is sponsoring PDX ReMIX, an online art contest meant to engage members of the public (adults and youth) with the City’s archival visual image records. Choose from 10 preselected images from our collections (available in Efiles) to submit up to 3 works based on those pre-selected images. Click here for more information!


City of Portland (OR) Archives, Woman with fishing pole at the Columbia Blvd. Wastewater Treatment Plant, A2000-033, 1955.

Oregon Archives Crawl!

Join us Saturday, October 20th for the Oregon Archives Crawl and explore Changing Attitudes. Archives document how communities, beliefs, practices, and preferences have changed over the years.  Historical records and photos can shed new light on common beliefs or explain how things have come to pass.  With more than 30 organizations participating, you are guaranteed to discover something new! For more information, click here!