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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Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion

America’s desire for trade with China is older than Independence, yet in 1882 the nation’s borders shut for the first time to exclude Chinese workers. A long and bitter contest over immigration and citizenship ensued, influenced by tensions

January 28 – June 1, 2016

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Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns

Using both rare and seldom seen objects like Chinese opera costumes, theatrical sets, bilingual text, audiovisual media, and interactive visitor stations, Beyond the Gate tells a sprawling transnational story of contact and trade between...

February 29 – June 21, 2016

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Painting Oregon’s Harvest: The Art of Kathy Deggendorfer

For the past several years, acclaimed Oregon artist Kathy Deggendorfer has traveled the state visiting farms, fisheries, orchards, vineyards, and ranches, documenting through an artist’s eye what makes Oregon such a special place for food...

March 10 – June 6, 2016

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Perfectly Fit: The Multnomah Athletic Club, 1891-2016

“Perfectly Fit” aptly describes the 125-year history of the Multnomah Amateur Athletic Club—now known as the MAC. From its earliest years, the club has championed amateur athletics and physical fitness for all ages and genders. The club...

January 28 – July 5, 2016

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Yasui Brothers Collection

Oregon lawyer and civil rights activist Minoru Yasui (1916–1986) received a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 in recognition of his courage in defying a racist military curfew law during World War II, for which he was...

February 4 – March 31, 2016

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Kam Wah Chung: Archaeological Evidence of John Day’s Chinatown

Located in John Day, the historic Chinese medicinal herb store Kam Wah Chung & Company was operated by...


Bowman Museum and Crook County History Center

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2016 Rose Show: Wild and Crazy!

With “Wild and Crazy!” as the theme, the 2016 Rose Show features Japanese floral fine art with a twist....


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Reporting the Oregon Story: How Activists and Visionaries Transformed a State

Oregon entered a new era in 1964 with the election of Tom McCall as Secretary of State and Bob Straub as...


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Performance by the Yat Sing Music Club

Please join us for a very special Second Sunday performance of Chinese Opera by the renowned Yat Sing...


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Portland to the Rescue: Rose City Rushes to 1906 Stricken San Francisco

Before Hurricane Katrina, the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 was the greatest natural disaster


McMenamins Kennedy School

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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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Digital History

Digital History Projects

The Oregon Historical Society’s Digital History Projects provide the most authoritative and comprehensive online resources on Oregon history. The...

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Oregon History Wayfinder

An interactive map of Oregon History.

Library

Research and Library

Davies Family Research Library's collections encompass library and archival materials, including books,...

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Annual Report

Annual Report

Per the bylaws of the Oregon Historical Society, an annual report is produced each spring and presented...

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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.