SfAA is pleased to announce tours during the 2019 annual meeting at Portland, OR. We will be taking online tour registrations through March 8. After that, you will need to go to the registration desk onsite. Tours require payment, but offer a great opportunity to meet other attendees and see the surrounding area. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Link to the Tours mainpage:


#1 - Portland's Coffee and Donut Scene

Wednesday, March 20, 1:45 - 4:00 pm
Thursday, March 21, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, March 22, 9:45 am - 12:00 pm

Price: $16 (Participants purchase their own coffee and donuts)
Maximum participants: 15  

Portland is home to great coffee and legendary donuts and participants in this tour will have the chance to sample both. In 2018, Condé Nast Traveler magazine rated Portland as the best coffee city in the United States. It's home to Stumptown Coffee, one of the leaders of coffee’s third wave, which considers coffee to be an artisanal product treated with the same reverence as fine wine and craft beer. Donuts are now part of this artisanal scene with Blue Star making its products from brioche with local and organic ingredients. Participants will go on a guided walking tour of downtown Portland and visit one of Stumptown's outlets followed by a visit to Voodoo Donuts, Blue Star Donuts, and Coco Donuts. Participants will be able to purchase coffee and donuts along the way while we consider the implications of imbuing ordinary products with value.

#2 - Walk and Talk Through Portland’s Beer History

Wednesday, March 20 2:45-5:00 pm

Price: $16 (Participants purchase their own beer)
Maximum participants: 20 

There’s a reason Portland is called “Beervana,” Portlanders love their beer. With 77 breweries in Portland and 117 in the metro area, the city is a magnet for creative craft brewers and a convergence point for engaged consumers. Led by the director of the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives, this walking tour will take participants on a journey through the city's beer history. It will focus on Portland's pre and post-Prohibition eras and the evolution from micro to craft. We will also discuss how the beer culture has been shaped by the proximity of a major hop growing region and a university renowned for brewing and agricultural research. We will visit old and new breweries and pause to purchase a pint. 

#3 - Decolonizing Practice in the Art Museum

Friday, March 22, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Price: $28 (Includes admission to the Portland Art Museum)
Maximum participants: 25 

Led by Independent Curator and Museum Consultant Deana Dartt, PhD (Chumash), this tour will explore the Native American Wing at the Portland Art Museum. Boasting a collection of 3500 of the finest works of historic and contemporary Native Art, the PAM is also home to the Center for Contemporary Native Art.

#4 - Portland’s Sinful Past

Friday, March 22, 3:30 - 6:00 pm

Price: $28
Maximum participants: 20 

As a nexus for labor and shipping in the Pacific Northwest, Portland often had the reputation of being a rugged, rough and tumble town that encouraged the miners, loggers, and fishermen to part with their hard earned cash in whatever debaucherous manner they chose. Saloons, gambling halls and bordellos thrived in the areas of “Whitechapel,” “The North End,” or Old Town as its known today. Some storied establishments have come and gone but others have survived and many believe that Portland or “Strip City,” still has the same vulgar and rugged reputation to this day. 

Join historian Doug Kenck-Crispin, co-producer of the podcast series Kick Ass Oregon History as we visit the locations of famous saloons, bordellos, card rooms, and gambling dens some of which are still in operation today. 

#5 - Decolonizing Fort Vancouver

Saturday, March 23 9:15 am - 12:30 pm

Price: $54
Maximum participants: 30 

This tour will visit Fort Vancouver a National Historic Site that was a headquarters and supply depot during the 19th and early 20th century. The tour will begin on the Hudson's Bay Company waterfront and proceed across the Confluence Project Land Bridge a 40-foot-wide, earth-covered pedestrian bridge, adorned with native plantings, that arches over state Highway 14 and reconnects the land to the Columbia River waterfront. Then we will visit the multicultural village, Fort Vancouver and the newly remodeled Visitor Center. During the tour we will discuss the early history of diversity in the Pacific Northwest and decolonize the narrative to address relevant topics through anthropological, archaeological, and indigenous perspectives.

©Society for Applied Anthropology 

P.O. Box 2436 • Oklahoma City, OK 73101 • 405.843.5113 • info@appliedanthro.org