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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High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy

On November 22, 1963, the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through the streets of Dallas, Texas. Kennedy’s short presidency was marked by great hope and promise but...

March 25 – November 12, 2017

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My Journey with Lewis and Clark: Watercolors by Helen Brown

Inspired by the discoveries Meriwether Lewis and William Clark made during their travels, “My Journey with Lewis and Clark” features a series of watercolor works that include scenes that the Corps of Discovery may have seen along the way,...

September 15, 2017 – January 14, 2018

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Mirror on the Modern Woman: Selected Images from the Oregon Journal, 1927–1932

The 1920s heralded the era of the Modern Woman, a more adventurous and independent type open to new possibilities. The new exhibit Mirror on the Modern Woman depicts some of these Modern Women, young and old, at work and at play. The...

May 12 – December 1, 2017

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Use Well Your Time While in Your Prime: Samplers from the Oregon Historical Society Collection

For many centuries, sewing an embroidery sampler was an essential part of a young woman’s education. Samplers typically featured letters, numbers, and illustrations, as well as religious or moral quotations. Samplers often became treasured...

July 21 – November 26, 2017

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Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew

In 2014, photographer Ed Drew was commissioned by Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services to make portraits during several intensive “talking circle” weekends, in which participants recounted their experiences with racism, abuse, drug...

August 1 – December 3, 2017

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Ernest Haycox and the Western

Ernest Haycox and the Western (2017), by Richard W. Etulain, traces the writer’s ascending career from a...


Oregon Historical Society, Hatfield Room

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The Beaverton Outlaws

Did you know that you can design, build, license, and fly your very own full scale aircraft? Did you know


McMenamins Kennedy School

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A Land of Milk and Honey: An Illuminated Guide to Oregon’s Bounty

Join us for a pictorial history of food in Oregon from 1850 to 1940 with an emphasis on the agricultural...


Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

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Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival

The festival features author readings and discussions for book lovers of all ages, adult and youth...


Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society, and neighboring venues.

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The Art of the Protest Song

In celebration of High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy, the Oregon Historical Society has partnered


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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. Using expert scholarship and OHS’s extensive collections of photographs, artifacts, and archival materials, the Oregon History...

History Near You

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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Attention Teachers!

Educator Night at the Oregon Historical Society

Learn about the educational programs at the Oregon Historical Society and the Wells Fargo History Museum.


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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.