How Did the Portland YWCA Enhance the Lives of Women, 1901-2000?

Project Credits and Acknowledgements

Thank you to the YWCA of Greater Portland, the Oregon Historical Society, The Oregonian newspaper, the Oregon State Library, and the YWCA of the USA for permission to publish materials from their collections.

Between 1996 and 2001, the following students at Portland State University did research, interviewing, and writing in a series of "Capstone" courses. Their work forms the basis of this website.

Portland State University
Capstone Class, 2000
Frans Albarillo Michaela Allen Marci Anderson Maia Banks Jady Bates Ann Bershaw Serena Bertram Mary Bocala Roza Brodovsky Kelley Burke Jill Burke Ia Cha Tracy Christensen Lea Cornell Minh Hai Dao Iris Debnam Rachael Diamond Janice Dilg Sandra Dixon McQueen Basil Duncantell Erinn Eammons Colin Fjeld Lisa Ann Fritz Kelly Gault Mary Gayne Faith Gorsuch Katrina Hagen Melissa Hannon Sinnamon Harris Sharyl Harrison Anne Healy Cassandra Hohn Linda Hummer Nancy Hungerford-Levine Ismoon Hunter-Morton Robin Kendall Laura Kennedy Le Kien Sheryl Linderman Emily Main Amahia Mallea Parvaneh Mazhar Jodelle Mistretta Rose Murdock Brianne Neville Anne Peterson Tanya Pluth Robert Poulton Veronica Preston Wendi Ricklefs Sharon Rose Karmen Ross Gretchen Rowland Marissa Salcedo Ekaterina Shavlovsky Alan Silver Allison Sobotka Marlene St. Onge Shirley Starcher Monica Steen Pinky Tejani Rachael Vorberg-Rugh Lynn Walker Melanie Wright Danette Rowe
Becky Shoemaker

Were it not for the vision and industry of former YWCA staff member Rebecca Shoemaker, the archives of the YWCA of Greater Portland would have been lost and destroyed forever.

We would like to thank the YWCA of Greater Portland, Portland State University, and Portland General Electric for their encouragement and their generous financial support for this project.

Reception, 1994

Our deepest gratitude goes to the Portland women of the YWCA who shared their stories, memories, personal scrapbooks, time, and energy with us over the years.

Delvon Barrett Rosie A. Dean Letitia Brock Connie Emerson Audrey Sanders Rose Gilligan Marion Jacobs Vonda Johnson Grace Mason Mary Wiley Joyce Roggi Betty Hansen Joyce Gibbs Lottie Goodwin Kay Somers Irene Place Marsha Mulvey Ann Kohler Evelyn Crowell Marjorie Gage Dorothy Gage Kathy Batz Mani Cannon Debra Knapper Janice Booker Frances Maeda


Special thanks to Laura Zeigen for her historian's dedication, computer wizardry, and teacherly inspiration.


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