Oregon My Oregon
How Do I Look?
Nineteenth-century Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Tintypes, Cartes-de-Visite, Cabinet Cards, and Stereoviews
On display in the Davies Family Research Library
March 18 - May 2, 2015

Artist and photographer Myrna Goldware has created an exhibit showcasing the diversity of formats in mid-nineteenth century photography. Drawing on her own collection of highly unusual images, she presents examples of the veritable kaleidoscope of formats that emerged during the Victorian era. These were chiefly the daguerreotype, the ambrotype, the tintype, the carte-de-visite, the cabinet card, and the stereoview.

The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I and II
February 28 – November 15, 2015

Guns, bombs, planes, tanks, ships, and submarines were the major weapons of World Wars I and II, but the persuasive powers of words and images were critically important in gaining and galvanizing the support of the American public. This sampling of posters from the Mark Family Collection provide a unique glimpse into an era before television and internet when artists and marketers were challenged to communicate to the general public in a way that would simply and enduringly convey important messages.

A Community on the Move
Presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers
February 1 – October 4, 2015

A Community on the Move is a groundbreaking exhibit about the courage and persistence of Portland’s black residents in the 1940s and early 1950s. This interactive exhibit will engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds as it traces how the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects affected Portland’s black families and businesses.

Powering Oregon: 125 Years of PGE
December 13, 2014 – May 10, 2015

Explore 125 years of Portland General Electric. In 1889, PGE produced the first long distance transmission of electricity in the country. Learn about PGE’s involvement in Oregon’s iconic 20th century events like the Lewis & Clark Exposition and the Portland Rose Festival. From hydropower to wind power, discover PGE’s role in powering the state. Travel back to the streetcar era and look ahead to electric cars through PGE’s involvement in evolving transportation in Oregon.

Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape
November 8, 2014 – May 10, 2015

Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape brings together an impressive collection of artists currently working to capture and interpret the landscape of Oregon through the medium of photography. The dramatic beauty of this region’s landscapes has inspired generations of artists, and these contemporary photographers carry forward the innately human aspiration to depict the relationship between their own existence and nature’s elegance. This exhibition will feature the stirring works of ten contemporary landscape photographers and draw from the Oregon Historical Society’s extensive collections to foster a contextual examination of the land, its people, and the artists’ negotiation of that duality.

Oregon: 150 Years of Statehood; 150 Million Years in the Making
The windows in this exhibit illustrate how geology crafted Oregon's landscape and natural resources and continues to shape the land and lives of its citizens.
Oregon My Oregon
Winner of a 2005 MUSE Award, Oregon My Oregon features the most important pieces from the Society's collection of artifacts.