Current Exhibits

Fortune & Glory - Narratives of Piracy, Exploration, & Criminality

Drawing from the diverse holdings of Lewis & Clark College's Special Collections, this exhibit considers cultures of European expansion from the 17th and 18th centuries to consider the confluence of criminality and exploration. Including a diverse array of material, from ships logs detailing British East India Company voyages, gallows letters from convicted pirates, litigation that led to a thriving privateering industry in colonial Manhattan, and a collection of maps promoting African exploration, this exhibit offers Portlanders a rare opportunity to explore some of the rarest material held at Watzek Library.

Curated by Professor David Campion of the Lewis & Clark History Department, Maddie Selby ('25) and Jenny Varner ('24).