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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Greatest Photographs of the American West

Featuring 75 iconic and rare photographs, National Geographic’s Greatest Photographs of the American West chronicles the epic history and grandeur of the region.

January 18 – April 21, 2020

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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 – April 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 – March 15, 2020

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Flaxen: From Flax to Linen in the Willamette Valley, Oregon

Reproductions of hand-tinted glass lantern slides from the early 1930s document how flax was grown and processed to make fabric. The slides from the Oregon Historical Society’s Portland Public School (PPS) Collection were shown to...

October 8, 2019 – April 30, 2020

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Family Day: Mexican and Central American Cultures in Oregon

In honor of our current exhibit, DREAMs Deferred, our spring Family Day will celebrate Mexican and...


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Detained by My Country

For Japanese Americans who lived in the West during World War II, the removal to incarceration camps in...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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Thunder Go North: The Hunt for Sir Francis Drake’s Fair and Good Bay

Based on her book of the same name, Melissa Darby unravels the mysteries surrounding Sir Francis Drake’s...


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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The Life and Journey of Moses Williams, Buffalo Soldier

This program will explore the life, military service, and Pacific Northwest connections of Sgt. Moses...


Fort Vancouver Visitor Center

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Black Woman in Green: Gloria Brown and the Unmarked Trail to Forest Service Leadership

From an unlikely beginning as an agency transcriptionist in her hometown of Washington, D.C., Gloria...


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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

Reflecting on the Oregon Story: Maurine Neuberger and the Margarine Mayhem

In 1951, the butter-loving dairy industry took on a defiant wave of frugal homemakers, led by Rep....

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Library Closure/Renovation

Research Library Renovation

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library is embarking on an extensive renovation this year that...

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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.