Portland, OR. This July, the Pittock Mansion is offering two new reasons to visit. The first is an exhibit called Untold Stories of Pittock Mansion Treasures. The 100 year old mansion has artifacts whose stories are rarely told, like a toy swing Governor Tom McCall played with as a child and a still life painting by Oregon free spirit and activist C.E.S. Wood. In this exhibit, visitors explore lesser known, but equally compelling objects, at the mansion. For more information here’s a link: http://pittockmansion.org/

One of the Pittock Mansion artifacts whose stories are rarely told is a punch bowl purchased as a souvenir from an 1898 trip to a Czech spa town.

Another enticement to draw visitors is that from July 21st through Labor Day you can take a free shuttle from the Trimet #20 bus stop at W Burnside and NW Barnes (stop ID #687) to Pittock Mansion.

The Shuttle pick-up and drop off is located at the gravel turnout at W Burnside and NW Barnes. It runs every 30 minutes from 10am -5pm and is provided by a 12-passenger van marked with a sign identifying it as the shuttle to Pittock Mansion. Shuttle is provided thanks to a partnership with America’s HUB World Tours.

This July there are also camps for kids.

Camps are July 18th or July 19th and cost $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call 503.823.3624 to make a reservation.

Here’s a video from OPB with 40 facts about the Pittock Mansion.

Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock built the French Renaissance-style mansion in 1914.

Here’s a photo of Pittock grandchildren on the beach circa 1917.

A vigorous outdoorsman, Henry rode bicycles with the Oregon Riding Club, hiked with the Mazamas, and climbed Mt. Hood four times. Georgiana cherished gardening, and kept a terraced flower garden at the mansion covered with every kind of flower imaginable. She is recognized for originating the tradition of Portland’s annual Rose Festival.

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