Upcoming ExhibitsWorking on the RiverClink! A Taste of Oregon WineThis Land, Its People
Working on the River: A History of Dredging
May 1 – October 30, 2014


Come navigate a part of Portland’s history in the original exhibit Working on the River: A History of Dredging. Through this exhibition, discover the men, women, and machines that have shaped our region’s geography, trade routes, economic vitality, and history. In commemoration of the Port of Portland vessel, Dredge Oregon, and its recent upgrades, this exhibit highlights the role of dredges like the Oregon in maintaining the Willamette and Columbia River navigation channels for maritime trade.

Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine
June 7 – September 20, 2014

Oregon boasts an environment ripe for creating wines of distinction. Clink! will tell the story of those individuals and institutions who propelled the Oregon wine industry onto the national and international stage. By working in collaboration with the Oregon Wine History Archive at Linfield College and industry leaders, Clink! will provide an in-depth look at this prominent Oregon commodity.


Portland General Electric

Opens Fall 2014


Portland General Electric is a recognized leader in the utility industry and has safely and dependably powered northwest Oregon since 1889. Today, PGE focuses on providing reliable electricity supplies while continuing to be good stewards of Oregon’s environment. Working with Portland General Electric and the board of the Frank Shrives Memorial Electrical Power Museum, this exhibition will feature the photographs, papers, ephemera and artifacts gathered by PGE over the years to tell the important story of this institution.


Plastics Unwrapped

October 14, 2014 – January 1, 2015


Only 50 years ago, we hardly used plastics. How did they go from being rare to being everywhere? Plastics Unwrapped, explores how material culture was changed―rapidly and perhaps permanently―by plastics. Learn what life was like before plastics, how they are made, why they are so convenient to use, and what happens after we throw them away. Explore how this “material of the future” has impacted our daily lives, as well as the long term impacts that plastics have on our environment. Plastics Unwrapped is a traveling exhibit organized by the Burke Museum, University of Washington, and the national tour is sponsored by Boeing and the University of Washington.


This Land / Its People: Contemporary Landscape Photographers of Oregon

November 8, 2014 – February 28, 2015


This Land, Its People 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 eleven contemporary landscape photographers and draw from the Oregon Historical Society’s extensive artifact collection to foster a contextual examination of the land, its people, and the artists’ negotiation of that duality.

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Upcoming Exhibits
Working on the River: A History of Dredging
Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine
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