Information for Final Presentations

On Friday, our final class session will be held at the historic Grant House at 1101 Officers Row, just north of our usual venue.

It seems particularly fitting that we use this space, since it served from 1850 through the Civil War era as the Army’s post and department/district commander’s quarters, and thus a nexus of military, political, social, and economic communication in the Pacific Northwest. Also, many of the young Army officers with occasion to frequent this building grew to later fame as generals on both sides during the Civil War, including Ulysses S. Grant,  George Pickett, Phil Sheridan, George McClellan, George B. Crittenden, Gabriel Rains, Phil Kearney, and several others. So, the nature of you presentations ties in well to our venue.

We’ll be upstairs in the Fowler Room, pictured at right (for those of you who like to know the lay of the land).

It is a small room, but very typical of board rooms where you, as current and future public historians, give and will give professional presentations. In fact, a quick web search will turn up a number of nonprofits, CEO networks, and corporate boards who utilize this same space.

You’ll be presenting from a small desktop podium on the far end of the table, and we’ll be recording digital audio and video for future posting. Again, we’ll need to keep the presentations to five minutes per theme.

The presentations will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m., but I’ll be there earlier to set up and work through any last-minute hitches, glitches, or hiccups. You don’t need to be on site at 9:00 a.m., but you’re welcome to — especially if you have media or would like a run-through. Please plan on being on site and ready to go by 9:45 a.m.

I have received some slides from Sean, so I’ll be projecting these. At the last class, the consensus was that folks will not be using digital media in the presentations, but the offer still stands if you’d like. If you DO, then I must receive your media by 4:00 p.m. today. This will allow me to streamline tomorrow’s presentations and avoid down time switching out thumb drives, etc. Thanks for understanding this firm deadline.

Although the room is small and we will be recording the presentations, I’m arranging a small but influential group of people to serve as our audience.

Have I missed anything? If you have any more questions, please let me know. I’m really looking forward to your presentations!


About Greg Shine

Adjunct faculty in the History Department at Portland State University, where I teach historic site interpretation. Former Chief Ranger & Historian at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
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2 Responses to Information for Final Presentations

  1. Doug K-C says:

    How’s the coffee up in there?

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