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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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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Barley, Barrels, Bottles, and Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer

The history of beer in Oregon and the passion Oregonians hold for beer and brewing extends back over two hundred years. This exhibition connects these moments in history, from the Lewis and Clark Expedition to early pioneer hop growers,...

October 26, 2018 – June 9, 2019

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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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150 Years of Lincoln High School: Preserving the Past – Inspiring the Future

Education and educational institutions play pivotal roles in the lives of all people. This exhibit commemorates the 150-year history of Lincoln High School, one of the oldest high schools in the West. Through personal stories, objects...

March 26 – June 30, 2019

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Crash Course: The Portland Air Disaster that Made History and Changed History

Accidents don't just happen. On a cold winter night in 1978, a DC8 passenger jet with 189 aboard...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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About The High Desert Muse: C.E.S. Wood and Eastern Oregon

Join Laurence Cotton and Tim Barnes for observations and insights into one of Oregon’s most colorful and...


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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Annual Meeting of the Membership

Please join us for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Membership, a chance to hear reports from OHS Trustees...


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The Sea Also Rises: History and Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

Like everything else in the world, climate change has a long history. Many of the people involved in the...


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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Jim Pepper’s Creative Legacy and Today’s Native Musicians in Portland

The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble presents Gordon Lee and 2 8 Tha Native, who will perform and then...


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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

Of Mountains and Metadata: The Photographs of Donald Burkhart

Of Mountains and Metadata: The Photographs of Donald Burkhart

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Hatfield Lecture Series

Michael Beschloss

Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, bestselling author of nine books, and has been a New...


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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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.