Upcoming ExhibitsPlastics UnwrappedPlace: Framing the Oregon Landscape
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.

Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape
November 8, 2014 – May 17, 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 artifact collection to foster a contextual examination of the land, its people, and the artists’ negotiation of that duality.

Portland General Electric

December 15, 2014 – May 10, 2015


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.


A Community on the Move

Presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers

February 1 – April 26, 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available!