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 also tension and conflict. How he arrived in his position, the youngest elected president in history and the only Catholic to hold the office, is a story of both determination and...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
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...Learn More
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 “talkingLearn More
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,...Learn More
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 andLearn More
Vanport. A Story Lived. A Story Told.
During its short life span (1942-1948) Vanport—Oregon’s second largest city and the nation’s largest public housing project—drew national attention and conflicting opinions....
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...Learn More
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
“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
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.