Birds on the Wire
Birds on the Wire presents a gallery of bird photography featuring the work of William L. Finley and Herman T. Bohlman. The exhibit reflects on Finley and Bohlman’s use of...
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.Learn More
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 of the Rose Festival with hedges and home gardens providing millions of roses for floats, women’s hats, and anything else that could be covered in roses. This exhibit chroniclesLearn More
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...Learn More
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 shows, the pair introduced audiences to the hidden lives of their avian neighbors. Their images and careful observation also provided an important body of scientific evidence and...Learn More
Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer
The history of beer and Oregonians love of beer and of brewing beer has deep roots. This exhibition explores this long-standing connection from the Lewis and Clark Expedition...
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...
Oregon My Oregon
Winner of a 2005 MUSE Award, Oregon My Oregon occupies an entire floor (7,000 square feet) of the Oregon Historical Society museum, and features...Learn More
Oregon Voices examines some of the important people, events, and ideas that have shaped the state in the modern era, from the end of World War IILearn More
History Hub is an exhibit where Oregon’s youth, students, and families can explore the topic of diversity through fun, hands-on interactives, objects, and pictures. History Hub is developed in partnership with an advisory committee of students, teachers, cultural organizations, and museums to tell the stories of people who live in Oregon, today and in the past. The content of History Hub spans grades K-12 with a...Learn More
On Memorial Day in 1948, the Columbia River, swirling fiteen feet above normal, punched a hole in a railroad embankment that served as a dike,...Learn More
“A Symbol of Home”: The Environmental and Political Legacy of Tom McCall in Oregon
Famous for his forceful language and political skill, Governor Tom McCall has remained the name and face of Oregon’s remarkable legacy of...Learn More
Black Athletes Disrupting White Supremacy in Oregon
These exhibit panels were displayed on the campuses of the University of Oregon and Oregon State University during February 2014 to accompany...Learn More
At the turn of the 19th century, Portland was still the metropolis of the Pacific Northwest, and its buildings reflected a sense of urban...Learn More
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 exhibit features fifteen photographs from the 1920s and ’30s selected from the Oregon Historical Society Research Library’s collection of negatives from the Oregon Journal newspaper.Learn More
Portland: A Lot of People Have Lived Here
Call it the Clearing, Stumptown, City of Roses, P-Town, PDX, Ripcity, Bridgetown, or Little Beirut—Portland answers to them all. The city sits onLearn More
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
The people of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde represent almost thirty different tribes and bands that the U.S. government removed to the...Learn More
The Fred Meyer Story
In many ways, the story of Fred G. Meyer and Fred Meyer, Inc. mirrors the story of the expansion and development of the city of Portland from a...Learn More
Windows on America
From June 2013 through February 2014, the Oregon Historical Society was proud to showcase Windows on America, the first ever public display of...Learn More
We Have Work To Do!
Pre-School – Kindergarten
Accommodates up to 20 students
Duration: 45 min.
Learn about tasks that travelers on the Oregon Trail performed and the many different jobs that Oregon’s Indians had and do. You will have the opportunity to look at artifacts, touch objects and listen to a story.