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Dorothea Lensch- An Exhibit

Dorothea Lensch, Director of Recreation 1937 to 1973Lensch hiking in snow on mountain side

The Portland Archives & Records Center is pleased to announce a new exhibit focusing on Dorothea Lensch’s career as Director of Recreation for the City of Portland Parks Bureau.

Dorothea 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.

Exhibiting at: PSU Academic & Student Recreation Center, 5th floor, outside Suite 550  (Portland Archives & Records Center)

On display November 28, 2017 - March 31, 2018