Venue/Location: Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Phone: 503-249-3983
Date: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 7:00 PM
History Pub: The Early Organization of Portland's Polish Community & The White Eagle Saloon
Presented by: Tim Hills, McMenamins’ Historian
Free to the public.
Canned food donations will be accepted for the Oregon Food Bank.
For decades the White Eagle Saloon in North Portland has been a favorite blues & rock 'n' roll joint. It also has a reputation for being one of the most haunted spots in the city, drawing many ghost hunters and curiosity seekers, especially this time of year.
But this venerable establishment, which dates to 1905, began its life with a much different mission: an important hub for Polish immigrants. Meetings to organize the first Polish Catholic Church on the Pacific Coast as well as Portland's Polish Library Hall, which turns 100 this year, were held at the White Eagle.