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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Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!

Curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four Exhibits, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! brings us back to the early ‘60s when rock & roll was re-energized—some say saved—by four lads from Liverpool. This exhibit covers the period from early...

May 10 – November 12, 2019

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Experience Oregon

Visitors of all ages, and from all parts of the world, come to the Oregon Historical Society each year to learn about Oregon. Whether you were born here, have chosen to make this place home, or are just passing through, it is undeniable...

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Harnessing the Power of  Photography: Selections from the OHS  Portland General Electric Collections, 1895-1979

The photographs in this exhibit show how Portland General Electric (PGE) used photography to promote its business over a span of more than 85 years. The images, all taken from the OHS Research Library, address the way in which PGE used...

March 1 – September 15, 2019

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On the Edge: An Exhibition by SAQA Oregon Artists

Standing at the edge of the precipice is a precarious position; teetering between defeat and victory, we feel both anxious and exhilarated. We must move forward; there is no turning back or staying on the edge. Studio Art Quilt Associates...

April 26 – August 15, 2019

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Oregon’s Enigmatic Black History

Black and white Oregonians have sometimes been in conflict and, at other times, have cooperated as they...


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50 Years After Stonewall - Portland’s LGBTQ History

The Stonewall Riots, lasting six days, ultimately altered the course of American culture for the past...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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About Insulting the President from Washington to Trump

In this presentation, author Edwin Battistella discusses his forthcoming book, Dangerous Crooked...


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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Wild Wild History: The Rise and Fall of Rajneeshpuram

In 1981, the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, his personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela, and their...


First Congregational United Church of Christ Portland

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Exploring the Healthcare of Chinese Railroad Workers through an Historic and Archaeological Lens

Chinese railroads workers performed dangerous and labor-intensive work, and many died or were seriously...


Southern Oregon University Hannon Library

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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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Library

Research and Library

Davies Family Research Library's collections encompass library and archival materials, including books, serials, newspapers, oral histories, manuscripts, government documents, genealogical and biographical material, photographs, film, and maps.

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...

From the OHS Blog

These Are a Few of My Favorite Swords

In 2018, OHS museum staff created new storage for the edged weapons collection and used the opportunity...

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An Evening with Rick Atkinson

From the best-selling author of the Liberation Trilogy comes the extraordinary first volume of his new...


First Congregational United Church of Christ Portland

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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.