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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High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy

On November 22, 1963, the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through the streets of Dallas, Texas. Kennedy’s short presidency was marked by great hope and promise but...

March 25 – November 12, 2017

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Master Penworks of Tom Stefopoulos, Hellenic Artist of the Lovejoy Columns

The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum (HACCM) presents Master Penworks of Tom Stefopoulos, Hellenic Artist of the Lovejoy Columns. Mr. Stefopoulos was the artist who painted the artwork on the pillars supporting the Lovejoy ramp of

April 27 – August 27, 2017

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Mirror on the Modern Woman: Selected Images from the Oregon Journal, 1927–1932

The 1920s heralded the era of the Modern Woman, a more adventurous and independent type open to new possibilities. The new exhibit Mirror on the Modern Woman depicts some of these Modern Women, young and old, at work and at play. The...

May 12 – October 15, 2017

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Use Well Your Time While in Your Prime: Samplers from the Oregon Historical Society Collection

For many centuries, sewing an embroidery sampler was an essential part of a young woman’s education. Samplers typically featured letters, numbers, and illustrations, as well as religious or moral quotations. Samplers often became treasured...

July 21 – November 26, 2017

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Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew

In 2014, photographer Ed Drew was commissioned by Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services to make portraits during several intensive “talking circle” weekends, in which participants recounted their experiences with racism, abuse, drug...

August 1 – December 3, 2017

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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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The Legacy of Obo Addy and His Impact in the Pacific Northwest

For decades, the musical traditions of Ghana were explored and extended by Ghana-born and Portland-based...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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Oregonians Remember JFK

The OHS Exhibit “High Hopes:  The Journey of John F. Kennedy” has led many Oregonians to recall the time...


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An Evening with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

In celebration of our current exhibition, High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy, the Oregon...


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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From Poor Farm to Global Attraction: The History of Portland’s International Rose Test Garden

Marking its centennial this year, Portland’s International Rose Test Garden is the oldest continuously...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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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. Using expert scholarship and OHS’s extensive collections of photographs, artifacts, and archival materials, the Oregon History...

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Research and Library

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

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Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew

In 2014, photographer Ed Drew was commissioned by Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services to make...

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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.