Digital History Projects

Oregon History Online, All the Time

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 Project, the Oregon Encyclopedia and the Oregon History Wayfinder engage teachers, students, and the general public in learning and thinking about the state’s past. With this comprehensive multimedia presence on the World Wide Web, the collections at OHS are accessible to everyone.

This month in Oregon History

Flooding:  "The Insatiate Monster"

Park Blocks in North Portland during flood Jun 6 1894

The Oregon Argus, Oregon City, December 14, 1861

Tuesday evening's gloom settled in on a scene such as probably never was witnessed in our valley before.--The ceaseless roar of the stream made a fearful sort of elemental music, widely different from the ordinary monotone of the Falls; while the darkness was only made more visible by the glare of torches, and hurrying lights, which with the shouts of people from the windows of houses surrounded by the water, all conspired to render the hour one of intense, and painful excitement. The flood has covered the highest mark of Jan. '53, and is still rapidly rising. As late as anything could be seen, the mills were still standing, but the insatiate monster is still creeping up inch by inch, winding its swelling folds round the pillars and foundations of all the houses in its way, crushing and grinding them as in the maw of destruction, and sweeping the broken fragments away into a common vortex of ruin.

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Oregon History on the Web

The Oregon History Project

Oregon History Project

The Oregon History Project (OHP) is a digital resource of the Oregon Historical Society museum and research library. Hundreds of historical records and artifacts from the unique and extensive OHS collections have been digitized, annotated, and organized according to the state of Oregon's social studies standards. The site contains narratives written by Pacific Northwest historians and an online learning center for teachers and students.

The Oregon Encyclopedia

Oregon Encyclopedia

The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) is an online resource for information on the state's significant people, places, events, institutions, and biota. Acknowledged nationally for its innovative design and the quality of its content, The OE is the only encyclopedia of its kind in the region. Overseen by a distinguished board of Oregon historians and educators, the hundreds of contributors to the encyclopedia are the most knowledgeable scholars in the state.

The Oregon History Wayfinder

Oregon History Wayfinder

An interactive map of Oregon History.

Oregon History 101 

History 101

Oregon History 101 was a nine-month public history program series designed to give Oregonians a basic understanding of the state's significant people, places, and events. Each month, historians present a chapter of Oregon History, beginning with the earliest peoples and ending with the turn of the twenty-first century. The series emphasizes Oregon's connection to historical themes in American history, including Native history, early exploration, western expansion, race, gender, and social justice, and the post-industrial economy. Series Editors Dr. Carl Abbott and Dr. William Lang have designed the series and invited many of the state's most distinguished senior scholars to speak. Watch all nine programs on the OHS YouTube Channel.

The Oregon TimeWeb

Since its launch in 2008, the Oregon TimeWeb has provided interactive access to the historical materials in the OHS library and museum. In order to improve the site, the TimeWeb is in the process of being upgraded and is unavailable at this time.