March 29 – July 7, 2014
SAIF Corporation is a not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation company whose mission it is to make workers' compensation insurance affordable and available to the employers of Oregon. SAIF was created by the people of Oregon through the Oregon state legislature. SAIF was established in 1914 as a state agency, and in 1980 became the nation's first public corporation specializing in workers' compensation insurance. This exhibition will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of SAIF with a particular focus on workers compensation in Oregon and advancements in workplace safety.
Two Years, One Month: Lincoln’s Legacy
April 12 – July 4, 2014
This original exhibit, the second inspired by the stunning Mark Family Collection, takes an in-depth look at Lincoln’s monumental presidency between two historic points: the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Congressional passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Featuring seldom seen artifacts and documents from the Mark Family Collection, private collections, and OHS, the exhibit will look at Lincoln’s legacy through the lens of slavery and the end of the Civil War. A portion of the exhibit will explore how Oregonians experienced this critical time in our nation’s history.
Port of Portland
May 1 – October 30, 2014
This exhibit will highlight the history of dredging the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, the importance of water transportation, and the past, present, and future environmental impacts of dredging, in light of the repowering of the Dredge Oregon. A brief history of the Port will be discussed, with particular emphasis on the importance of dredging from the beginning of the Port in 1891, with its original purpose, as mandated by the state legislature, to improve and maintain the navigation channels of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. The importance of Portland as a national and international trade center and seaport will also be examined, within the context of the necessity of dredging to uphold access to the city and the Pacific Ocean.
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. The exhibition will trace the history of Oregon wines from legislative efforts to control alcohol consumption during the Prohibition era to the resurgence of the wine industry in the 1960s to what the future may bring for these thriving Oregon businesses. 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
July 28 – January 1, 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.
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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