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

May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Chinese in Oregon, 1927. Children at Atkinson school progressive business men’s club event Dr Hu Shih OrHi55105

The vast diversity of languages, religions, and cultural traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continues to strengthen the fabric of American society. From the arrival of the first Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants 150 years ago to those who arrive today, as well as those native to the Hawaiian Islands and to our Pacific Island territories, all possess the common purpose of the fulfilling the American dream and leading a life bound by the American ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we remember the challenges and celebrate the achievements that define our history.

—President Barack Obama, May 1, 2009

 

Mayday! Mayday! Oregonians in Peril

A bonus This Month In Oregon History list for May

Carl Downey carries an unidentified woman to safety after rescuing her from a rooftop during the Vanport Flood.  Taken by Mel Junghan on May 31, 1948 in Portland, Oregon. OrHi 3623

“we all believe that we are about to enter on the most perilous and dificuelt part of our Voyage, yet I See no one repineing; all appear ready to meet those dificuelties which await us with resolution and becomeing fortitude.”

—Capt. William Clark, June 20, 1805

 

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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.