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.
Compassion runs deep in our community. For 150 years, the Oregon Humane Society has embodied each generation’s determination to save lives, stop suffering, and bring loving best friends to our families. Best known as a great place to find a
September 11, 2018 – February 28, 2019Learn More
Portland served as a common West Coast stop for touring bands in the 1960s and 1970s, with a number of nationally known musicians playing shows in the Rose City. Local music thrived at the same time, centered on psychedelic coffeehouses...
July 10, 2018 – March 17, 2019Learn More
The prints in this exhibit are scans from the KOIN and KPTV 16mm news film collections held at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) Research Library. Every three frames of 16mm film represents 1/8 of a second — or just faster than the blink...
July 16, 2018 – January 13, 2019Learn More
In Shodo (Japanese calligraphy), the brush creates living art by exploring the balance between lines and space. The Meito Shodo-Kai Calligraphy Association pursues the graphic beauty of Kanji (Chinese characters imported to Japan that are...
July 5 – October 28, 2018Learn More
This workshop will teach you the basics and the genealogical value of land records and tax lists, along...
Oregon Historical Society, Hatfield Room
Author and photographer Darryl Lloyd will narrate his stunning photographic journey of seven decades on...
Oregon Historical Society
Water is crucial to all life, and for Indigenous people in today’s Oregon, the relationship with water is
Oregon Historical Society
Join the Oregon Historical Society and Wells Fargo for an evening of living history at a free public...
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.
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...
Free Oregon Historical Quarterly Article
A mainstay of Oregon history since 1928, Oregon Geographic Names now documents the stories behind over...
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.