Protecting Our State's Cultural Legacy

History shapes people’s understanding of who they are as individuals and as members of a civilization. The Oregon Historical Society is a scholarly asset and a public resource dedicated to putting the power of history into everyone’s hands and to advancing knowledge in all corners of the world.

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Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

This exhibit illuminates Oregon’s vibrant black community and their courage, struggle and progress amongst a larger context of discrimination and displacement during the civil rights movement in Oregon in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

January 15 – June 24, 2018

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Oregon State University: A Legacy of Transformation

For 150 years, Oregon State University has provided access to a high-quality college education for all Oregonians, solving tough challenges through groundbreaking research, serving community needs, and propelling the state and global...

February 10 – September 9, 2018

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50 Years of KBOO

50 Years of KBOO is the story of Oregon’s first community radio station. Learn how KBOO started as a relief to Portland’s bleak FM desert and became a community effort to build a more accessible media. This exhibition reveals how KBOO...

January 19 – July 29, 2018

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Catching Birds with a Camera: Finley, Bohlman, and the Photographs that Launched Oregon’s Conservation Movement

In their explorations of the marshy ponds around turn-of-the-century Portland, William L. Finley and his childhood friend Herman T. Bohlman developed an artistic knack for bird photography. Through popular essays and community lantern slide

February 16 – June 10, 2018

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Madame Caroline Testout: The Rose that Made Portland Famous

Visitors were astonished by the rose-lined streets of Portland when they arrived for the Lewis & Clark Exposition in 1905. Rose mania was underway and Portland became internationally known as the Rose City. The year 1907 saw the beginning...

March 6 – June 17, 2018

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Memories of Vanport: A Panel Discussion

During its short lifetime from 1942 to 1948, the city of Vanport was home to a large and diverse...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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Vanport Mosaic Festival

In these times of collective amnesia, remembering is an act of resistance. Join us for 6 days of memory...


Multiple Locations

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Our Story. Our Voice. Our Culture.

Oregonians from Bhutanese, Micronesian, and African communities will introduce their cultures and share...


Oregon Historical Society

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Oregon Historical Quarterly

The Journal of Record for Oregon History

The Oregon Historical Quarterly is a scholarly asset and a public resource that is dedicated to putting the power of history into everyone’s hands and to advancing knowledge in all corners of the...

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Library

Research and Library

Davies Family Research Library's collections encompass library and archival materials, including books, serials, newspapers, oral histories, manuscripts, government documents, genealogical and biographical material, photographs, film, and maps.

Digital History

Digital History Projects

The Oregon Historical Society’s Digital History Projects provide the most authoritative and comprehensive online resources on Oregon history. Using expert scholarship and OHS’s extensive collections of photographs, artifacts, and archival materials, the Oregon History...

Oregon Historical Quarterly special issue

Call for Proposals: Oregon Historical Quarterly issue on White Supremacy and Resistance

The Oregon Historical Quarterly has committed to producing a special issue that will explore the state’s...

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Digital Collections

Newly Added to OHS Digital Collections

Org Lot 1364 – Photographs of Vanport, Oregon ca.1948. Photographs taken by Dale Skovgaard and family...

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Venue Rental

Located in the heart of downtown Portland and overlooking the historic South Park Blocks, the Oregon Historical Society offers the blend of the old, the new and the beautiful, creating a memorable venue for all occasions. The Historical Society is an ideal venue for weddings, receptions, award dinners, lectures, seminars, business meetings, holiday parties and birthday celebrations.