James Wasson The Life of an Extraordinary Portlander

January 25, 2016 7pm

The life of James Wasson, a true renaissance man of pre-WWII Portland, was rediscovered by staff of Old Portland Hardware after purchasing and opening a trunk that contained Wasson’s photographs and other extraordinary records. A Buffalo solider, early African American photographer, and community leader, exploring Wasson’s life provides a unique view onto Portland's history. Old Portland Hardware owner Bret Hodgert will tell stories of how he followed clues among Wasson’s materials — including photographs of people and events, a letter from Wasson’s employer, and correspondence related to Wasson’s military service — to reconstruct the biography of this extraordinary Portlander and to understand the community in which he lived and worked.