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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Oregon My Oregon Exhibit Closing Celebration

After fourteen years, our beloved Oregon My Oregon exhibition is closing as we begin construction on a...


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Making Home and Community Before and After the Fair Housing Act

African Americans who lived in Portland during the twentieth century built homes and communities that...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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Oregon Hip Hop History Tour

Join us for a night of live performances, guest speakers, a dee jay spinning the cutz, and a special...


WOW Hall

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The Unsettling of the West

Most historical accounts of the Oregon Trail include sacrifice, hardship, challenges, and even death —...


Geiser Grand Hotel

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Locating Families in the US Censuses

You’ve heard that census records are one of the greatest places to start your family history research;...


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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...

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Revisiting Rajneeshpuram: Oregon's Largest Utopian Community as Western History

Between 1981 and 1985, the intentional community of Rajneeshpuram near Antelope, Oregon, hosted up to...

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Special Event Series

Fair Housing Act 50th Anniversary

April is the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, passed by Congress in 1968 in response to...

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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.