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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The Remembrance of World War II

Created by students from Brookings-Harbor High School, this exhibit gives a localized perspective on World War II from the viewpoint of the American homefront. Many of the photos featured in the exhibit are on loan from veterans living in...

July 27 – August 16, 2018

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Oregon’s Constitution

When the Oregon Constitutional Convention opened on August 17, 1857, sixty elected delegates—all white men—built a state government. Their work was philosophical and mundane, fascinating and meticulously detailed. While Oregon Trail...

July 17 – September 3, 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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The Playful Brush: Works by the Meito Shodo-Kai Calligraphy Association

In Shodo (Japanese calligraphy), the brush creates living art by exploring the balance between lines and space. The Meito Shodo-Kai Calligraphy Association pursues the graphic beauty of Kanji (Chinese characters imported to Japan that are...

July 5 – October 28, 2018

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Portland Psychedelic: Music and Culture in the Rose City and Beyond, 1966 – 1972

Portland served as a common West Coast stop for touring bands in the 1960s and 1970s, with a number of nationally known musicians playing shows in the Rose City. Local music thrived at the same time, centered on psychedelic coffeehouses...

July 10, 2018 – March 17, 2019

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A White Man’s Democracy: The Drafting of the Oregon State Constitution in the Era of Dred Scott

Just over a year before sixty white men gathered in Salem to write Oregon’s constitution (on display at...


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Summer Concert Featuring True North

Celebrate our beautiful Oregon summer at a free concert by True North on the Oregon Historical Society’s...


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Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down

For over 50 years, the sole judge of the Oregon State Fair’s Chocolate Cake Contest has been the one and...


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What’s It Worth?

It’s time to fish out your family heirlooms and see if they could be worth a fortune! Local experts will...


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The Long Game: 100 Years of Portland Parks Golf

It delights many of us as a lifetime pastime, but the game of golf has a history of being exclusionary....


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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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...

Newly Added to OHS Digital Collections

MSS 1227 - Oregon Constitutional Convention records, 1857-1859

Documents created during the Oregon Constitutional Convention of 1857. Includes: committee reports,...

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An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin

Join us for a captivating evening with award-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on her forthcoming...


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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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.