Protecting Our State's Cultural Legacy

History shapes people’s understanding of who they are as individuals and as members of a civilization. The Oregon Historical Society is a scholarly asset and a public resource dedicated to putting the power of history into everyone’s hands and to advancing knowledge in all corners of the world.

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Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America

This remarkable exhibition features rare items from the Mark Family Collection symbolizing America’s long quest for a more perfect union. The exhibition unites priceless original engravings of the Magna Carta, the Declaration of...

July 29, 2016 – February 1, 2017

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Baseball’s Magna Carta: Setting the Rules of America’s Game

Documents that the official historian of Major League Baseball declared “the Magna Carta of America’s national pastime” are the centerpiece of this new exhibit. This is the first public display of these 1857 papers, which only recently came

July 1 – October 9, 2016

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Oregon My Oregon

Winner of a 2005 MUSE Award, Oregon My Oregon occupies an entire floor (7,000 square feet) of the Oregon Historical Society museum, and features some of the most important pieces from the Society's collection of artifacts.

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Oregon Voices

Oregon Voices examines some of the important people, events, and ideas that have shaped the state in the modern era, from the end of World War II to the present. It features the people of Oregon, from Native Americans, who have lived here...

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Comic City, USA Opening Celebration

Celebrate our state’s comic artists and writers at the opening of our latest original exhibition, Comic...


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The Portland Garden Club: A History of Gardening in Portland—Leach Botanical Garden

The Oregon Historical Society is proud to present an original glass lantern slide show on the history of...


Leach Botanical Garden

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What’s It Worth?

Ever wondered if you had a hidden treasure buried in your closet? Do you have old comics or sports...


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Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down

For over 50 years, the sole judge of the Oregon State Fair’s Chocolate Cake Contest has been the one and...


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Oregon Historical Quarterly

The Journal of Record for Oregon History

The Oregon Historical Quarterly is a scholarly asset and a public resource that is dedicated to putting the power of history into everyone’s hands and to advancing knowledge in all corners of the...

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Digital History

Digital History Projects

The Oregon Historical Society’s Digital History Projects provide the most authoritative and comprehensive online resources on Oregon history. The...

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Oregon History Wayfinder

An interactive map of Oregon History.

Library

Research and Library

Davies Family Research Library's collections encompass library and archival materials, including books,...

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Oregon Historical Quarterly Free Article

From Coverture to Supreme Court Justice: Women Lawyers and Judges in Oregon History

In this detailed description of the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society Oral History...

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Venue Rental

Located in the heart of downtown Portland and overlooking the historic South Park Blocks, the Oregon Historical Society offers the blend of the old, the new and the beautiful, creating a memorable venue for all occasions. The Historical Society is an ideal venue for weddings, receptions, award dinners, lectures, seminars, business meetings, holiday parties and birthday celebrations.