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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Comic City, USA

With recent blockbuster smashes featuring superhero legends, the comic book industry has experienced a surge of popular support. While there are many Oregonians picking up a comic book for their first time, the comic industry in Oregon has...

August 12, 2016 – January 31, 2017

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Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America

The blueprints of American democracy, drawn from as far back as the Magna Carta in the thirteenth century and including the founding documents of this nation, are laying out the pathways of the twenty-first century. As the nation has grown...

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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Document of a Dynamic Community: The Skanner Photography of Julie Keefe

A long-time fixture in Portland, The Skanner News Group has documented a dynamic community undergoing tremendous social and economic changes over the past four decades. Established in 1975, The Skanner has advanced the cause of the Black...

August 24 – December 18, 2016

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On the Ground

Sisters Of The Road invites you to celebrate the premiere of our new original documentary short “On the...


Oregon Historical Society

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Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House: Gender Politics and Media on the Campaign Trail

Dr. Rose and Dr. Lawrence are the authors of Hillary Clinton's Race for the White House: Gender Politics...


Oregon Historical Society

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“A Road Suited to the Times”: The Columbia River Highway at 100

Join us for a glass lantern slide show celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the building of the...


Maryhill Museum of Art

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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...

History Near You

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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Education

Classroom and Group Visits

Bring your group for an educational and fun tour through the museum. We welcome tourist groups, clubs,...

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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.