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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Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II

In the years leading up to World War II, racial segregation and discrimination were part of daily life for many in the United States. For most African Americans, even the most basic rights and services were fragmented or denied altogether....

July 12, 2019 – January 12, 2020

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Norma Bassett Hall: Color Block Prints in Oregon Collections

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 – January 12, 2020

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Wild About Dance: Oregon Ballet  Theatre Celebrates 30 Years

Oregon Ballet Theatre enriches the community with beautiful, exhilarating, and athletic dance. This exhibit celebrates Oregon Ballet Theatre’s (OBT) first 30 years with vibrant film footage and photographs, costumes, and theatrical...

August 2 – December 15, 2019

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Meier and Frank Santaland

Generations of Oregonians have fond memories of the downtown Portland Meier & Frank department store’s Santaland. A ride on the iconic Monorail and a chance to sit on Santa’s lap became a Christmas tradition for many families. Following the

December 6, 2019 – January 3, 2020

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The All American Toy Company: An Oregon Original

For generations, the All American Toy Company has captured the interest of children and adults alike. Beginning in 1947 with its first release of the Timber Toter, a logging truck, the company’s lineup included a series of vehicles that...

September 10, 2019 – January 26, 2020

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Santa Visits Santaland December 14

Santa Claus will be landing his sleigh in Santaland this month at the Oregon Historical Society! All are...


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Family Day: Winter Dance Celebration

Join us for a dance-inspired Family Day event celebrating the exhibit, Wild About Dance: Oregon Ballet...


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Santa Visits Santaland December 21

Santa Claus will be landing his sleigh in Santaland this month at the Oregon Historical Society! All are...


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“Everyone was in the loop”: Impeachment in Historical Perspective

As new developments arise daily in the impeachment process, Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols will help us


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A History of the Mazamas and Mountaineering in the Pacific Northwest (Lake Oswego)

Join us for a glass lantern slide show that will speak broadly on the history of the Mazamas,...


Lake Theater & Café

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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

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...

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

Welcoming Challenging Conversations: An Oregon Historical Quarterly Special Issue about White Supremacy and Resistance

Today’s media often addresses the subject of white supremacy, and in Oregon, such racism has led to at...

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Library Closure/Renovation

Research Library Renovation

Preparations are already underway to transform the OHS Research Library into a welcoming and fully...

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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.