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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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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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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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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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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Whiskey and Warriors: Bonds of Brotherhood Forged at Black Hawk Down

Join us to hear a real story of the bonds of brotherhood, forged by service and sacrifice in the U.S....


McMenamins Kennedy School

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The Beaverton Outlaws

Did you know that you can design, build, license, and fly your very own full scale aircraft? Did you know


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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Liberty Ships and Jim Crow Shipyards: Racial Discrimination in Kaiser’s Portland Shipyards, 1940 – 1945

During World War II, the Portland-area African American population grew from 2,000 to 20,000 as workers...


Oregon Historical Society

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The Immigrant Story Live

The Immigrant Story LiveStories have power. The Immigrant Story (TIS), believes the most important...


Beaverton Library Auditorium

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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

Meet You on “The Trail”: The OHS Museum Store’s Guide to the Lewis and Clark Exposition

In the nearly sixteen years Andrew VanDerZanden, Manager of Merchandise Operations, has worked at the...

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An Evening with Madeleine Albright

Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of...


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.