The FORWARD! Campaign focuses on four important goals for the long-term benefit of this treasured institution:
A new and inclusive exhibit on Oregon's early history to serve tens of thousands of Oregon's children, families, and visitors of all ages (remaking the entire 3rd floor);
A renovated library to better serve visitors, staff, and our collections;
A Digital Vault to preserve our fragile history (like film and negatives) and to provide worldwide access to our priceless collections; and,Endowments to secure these achievements into the future.
An Inclusive Oregon History Exhibition
Build a new permanent exhibition incorporating new interactive techniques and the best scholarship on Oregon's diverse and complex history. This will be the heart and soul of our museum and the place where thousands of children come to learn our state's history each year.
A Research Library to Serve Oregon
Renovate the Research Library to create an inspirational workspace that is worthy of the collections it shelters and is a productive and comfortable space to better serve visitors, staff, and volunteers.
Statewide Access to Collections
Develop and launch a Digital Vault to preserve our most fragile collections and enable us to provide worldwide access through our Digital Collections website. School children, writers, filmmakers, scholars, and explorers of every kind will be able to search our collections and examine documents and photographs remotely.
Endowing Positions of Excellence
Endow core programs and key positions to safeguard against unpredictable swings in public or private resources and to deliver new and exciting work every year. We seek contributions to name or make investments in the Executive Director's Endowment for Leadership Excellence ($2 million), Director of Library Collections ($1 million), Digital Archivist ($1 million), Curator of Artifact Collections ($1 million), and Oral History Collections ($500,000).