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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Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women’s Voting Rights and the 19th Amendment

This original exhibit connects Oregon history to the national history of woman suffrage and commemorates the bravery of the women (and men) who demanded the vote and used their rights to shape our nation and our world.

March 14, 2020 – August 15, 2021

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We are the Rose City! A History of Soccer in Portland

We are the Rose City! explores the history of professional soccer in Portland and the cultural context of the game. From the athletes to the fans, this original exhibit chronicles the many milestones that have shaped “Soccer City.”

July 24, 2020 – September 26, 2021

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DREAMs Deferred

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 – October 11, 2020

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Deep Blue: From National Wonder to National Park

Deep Blue: From National Wonder to National Park is a photographic exhibit featuring the work of several photographers who focused their lenses on the immense beauty of Crater Lake.

August 12 – November 15, 2020

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Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

From January through June 2018, the Oregon Historical Society was proud to host Racing to Change, presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers. Now, thanks to our partnership with Visiting Media, students and history enthusiasts across Oregon and

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Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth Century America

Portland's Charles Erskine Scott Wood and his lover Sara Bard Field stood in the thick of a grand cast of


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Annual Meeting of the Membership

Please join us for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Membership for a chance to hear about the work of OHS...


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Historians and the News: Reflections on Xenophobia, Politics, and Living in an Historic Moment

This discussion between nationally renowned historians Dr. Erika Lee and Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols


Virtual program via Zoom. Register here.

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Stitching History: The Afro-American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt

A panel discussion on the significance of the Afro-American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt and


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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Virtual Hatfield Lecture

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research...


Virtual program via Zoom.

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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 collections and scholarship documenting the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon’s history, the OHS Research Library and the Oregon Historical Quarterly are invaluable resources for researchers. We invite you to explore the world’s largest collection of...

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

Shared Memories, Protests, and Signs of Resistance: Voting Rights Activities for Families

In this second post of the #ChalkTheVoteOR campaign, the Oregon Historical Society share educational...

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From our Executive Director and Board President

Oregon Historical Society Statement on Racial Justice and Equality

In these turbulent and hopeful times, the Oregon Historical Society recommits itself to being a valuable...

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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.