Season 3 – Episode 1.2 Gorman Entrepreneurs

Hannah and daughter Eliza were incredible enterprising women – and would be even by today’s standards. For the acrostic below we offer you links to multiple resources on the web to help you along with some of the answers.

When you have correctly solved the acrostic, there is another hint to a new resource that is revealed.

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Local History in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Roughly 50 miles north of Eugene, Oregon, and nestled between the Willamette River and the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, the city of Corvallis – originally known as Marysville – is situated on the ancestral lands of the Marys River band of the Kalaypuya. Corvallis’ first white settler, Joseph C. Avery, arrived in October 1845, staking a land claim at the juncture of the Marys and Willamette Rivers. Other settlers, including William F. Dixon of Maryland, arrived shortly thereafter; Dixon staked a 640-acre claim immediately to the north of Avery’s claim.

Oregon Digital | Gorman, Hannah and Eliza, House (Corvallis, Oregon)

National Register of Historic Places (Listed, 2015)
The mid-nineteenth century Gothic Revival house retains many original building elements, and is culturally significant as it was a home to Oregon’s black pioneers, Hannah and Eliza Gorman.

Hannah and Eliza Gorman House Corvallis, Oregon

The Hannah and Eliza Gorman House was built by Black women pioneers in 1857-66 in Corvallis, Oregon. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

Sources & Further Reading 

This is Kalapuyan Land

Kalapuya is the name given to the tribe made up of related bands of people who lived in the Willamette valley and spoke similar dialects from the same language family. There are more than fifty different ways of spelling Kalapuya, including Calapooia and Call-law-puh-yea.