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.
Featuring 75 iconic and rare photographs, National Geographic’s Greatest Photographs of the American West chronicles the epic history and grandeur of the region.
January 18 – April 21, 2020Learn More
Through short-form narratives, object stories, and vivid photography, this exhibition amplifies the voices of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and South American who came to the United States as children or young adults.
January 10 – April 12, 2020Learn More
Norma Bassett Hall was born in Halsey, Oregon, in 1888. Just eighteen years later, she entered the School of the Portland Art Association in its first year, and by 1929, had achieved national recognition for her art. Yet, with her local...
September 20, 2019 – March 15, 2020Learn More
Reproductions of hand-tinted glass lantern slides from the early 1930s document how flax was grown and processed to make fabric. The slides from the Oregon Historical Society’s Portland Public School (PPS) Collection were shown to...
October 8, 2019 – April 30, 2020Learn More
Join us to discover how the modern-day EO Media Group evolved from a weekly newspaper established in...
Following World War II, large dams, highway widening, and federal policies of termination and relocation...
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Three scholars will explore the historical relationships between statistics and the electorate, examining
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Join us for a glass lantern slide show that will speak broadly on the history of the Mazamas,...
With resources that document significant people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon’s history, the Oregon Historical Society is an invaluable destination for researchers. Our resources include the OHS Research Library, the Oregon Historical Quarterly, and online...
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...
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.