100 Years of a Powerful Partnership

Over the last 100 years, the electricians of IBEW Union Local 48 have worked as amicable partners with the electrical contractors of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of NECA.  This harmonious relationship has avoided labor strikes, common among unions, while electrifying our community.  Guggenheim Studio was tasked to create and coordinate the installation of an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) that showcased the unique history of Oregons electrical workers and contractors. 

Key responsibilities included: curating of historical artifacts, design of all exhibit elements including display vitrines, graphic design and layout, coordination of written and graphic content with Story Oregon. The experience of moving through the OHS North Wing mezzanine can be divided into three distinct areas: entry ramp, main exhibition, and timeline.  Each area offers a unique set of opportunities that create a unified series of meaningful moments conveying the history of local electrical workers to museum patrons.

Hermes Creative, Special Events Category, 2014
Marcom Award, Museum Category, 2013

Project Snapshot
Location: Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR
Size: 800 sq. ft
Completion: October 2013
Exhibit Design + Graphics: Guggenheim Studio
Research and Copy: Story Oregon
Project Management: Pac/West
Fabricator: FAB PDX
Graphics Printing and Installation: Markon Signs
Photography: Josh Partee