"If, as philosopher and poet George Santayana says, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," then "Fasten Your Seat Belts - It's Been a Bumpy Ride" is an excellent vehicle for achieving a brighter future for Portland."
- Julie Stegeman, The Asian Reporter

 Did you know?

  • There was a time when Oregon was known as the most discriminatory state north of the Mason-Dixon Line?
  • Until 1926, Oregon’s Constitution prohibited African Americans from living in the state?
  • Oregon once had the largest Ku Klux Klan, per capita, in the nation?
  • As late as the 1960s cities and towns throughout our state had "sundown laws" that prevented African Americans and Asians from staying overnight?
  • Before 1988 the majority of rental housing was “no children allowed”?


We offer organizations the opportunity to learn more of this history and how it relates to the challenges we face today We have taken hundreds of groups on the tour, including housing providers, public housing residents, government agencies, nonprofits, businesses, labor unions, educators, college students, congregations, theater companies, activist groups, and law firms. (The tour is approved for CLE credits for attorneys).


The four hour bus tour visits sites throughout Portland and features personal stories from guest presenters with first-hand experiences to share. The post-tour facilitated discussion is an opportunity for tour participants to share their reactions, their own personal stories and their perspectives on the meaning of this history today.

Tour Specifications:

Time: Six hours, ordinarily 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Requirements: Groups are responsible for recruiting participants, securing a meeting room for the post-tour discussion and arranging for lunches during the discussion

Capacity: We can accommodate up to 48 participants. We are sometimes able to combine two smaller groups that share costs.

Scheduling: Tours are scheduled from April through October. Our 2018 bus tours are fully booked and the schedule for our 2019 bus tours is filling up quickly. If you are interested in a bus tour in 2019, please contact Eleanor Doyle to be added to the schedule.

Please note: Bus tours are reserved on a first come, first served basis. We cannot guarantee availability of a bus tour. Due to the popularity of our tours, we will only schedule organizations for one bus tour a year. If your organization would like to book two bus tours for the same year, we will evaluate availability on a case-by-case basis.

The bus: We use comfortable charter buses with restrooms. We can secure a wheelchair accessible bus if needed.