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Oregon Historical Society Museum to Re-Open to Visitors on Saturday, July 11

July 1, 2020

After nearly four months closed, the Oregon Historical Society plans to re-open its museum to the public on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 10am. Following re-opening, public museum and store hours will be Wednesdays – Saturdays from 10am – 5pm and Sundays from 12pm – 5pm. The OHS Research Library remains closed for renovations that began in January 2020. More information on library services that are available during the renovation can be found at Following the guidance and requirements of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for cultural attractions and museums, the Oregon Historical Society has implemented important safety protocols for the health of our staff and visitors. New safety protocols are detailed at the bottom of this press release as well as at

Oregon Students Win First Prize at National History Day® Contest for Second Consecutive Year

June 24, 2020

For the second year running, Portland sophomores Kyler Wang and Alan Zhou won gold at the annual National History Day® contest in the Senior Group Documentary category for their film, Breaking the Curfew: The Story of Minoru Yasui. Wang and Zhou won first place in the same category in the 2019 contest for their documentary, Echo of Falling Water: The Inundation of Celilo Falls — the first time in several years that Oregon students have medaled at the national contest, which this year drew over 3,000 students from across the country. Even amidst a pandemic, 141 students from across the state came together virtually to participate in Oregon History Day, the statewide qualifying competition for the annual National History Day® contest. Working from home, middle and high school students developed their research projects, in the forms of papers, documentaries, websites, performances, and exhibits, persevering through hurdles that the new virtual format presented. Fifty volunteer judges evaluated over 70 projects online, and 56 students advanced to the National History Day® contest, which took place online from June 14–20.

New Scholarship Presents Timely Exploration of the History of the “Pioneer” Identity as Monuments are Removed Nationwide

June 17, 2020

As protesters remove monuments across the nation that represent a legacy of racism and oppression, the Oregon Historical Society’s scholarly journal, the Oregon Historical Quarterly, publishes a relevant article in the just-released Summer 2020 issue on the complicated pioneer narrative by Marc James Carpenter, Pioneer Problems: “Wanton Murder,” Indian War Veterans, and Oregon’s Violent History. A digital copy of this article as well as interviews with authors are available by request.

Oregon Historical Society Statement on Racial Justice and Equality

June 8, 2020

In these turbulent and hopeful times, the Oregon Historical Society recommits itself to being a valuable resource by documenting, preserving, and sharing our state’s history, from all perspectives, and in all its complexities.

Students Persevere With Impressive Showing at “Virtual” Oregon History Day; Over 50 Students Advance to Nationals

May 20, 2020

Even amidst a pandemic, 141 students from across the state came together virtually to participate in Oregon History Day, the statewide qualifying competition for the annual National History Day® contest. Fifty volunteer judges evaluated over 70 projects online, inspired by the annual theme of “Breaking Barriers in History,” and 56 students qualified to advance to the National History Day® contest, which will take place online from June 14–20.

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Moving forward by turning to the past: Oregon Historical Quarterly takes a deep dive into Oregon’s white supremacist roots

June 28, 2020

By Brittany Falkers, KGW-TV. To move forward, we must first understand our past. That was the goal of the Oregon Historical Society’s 2019 winter issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly (OHQ). “We’re a scholarly journal we do academic history,” OHQ Editor Eliza Canty-Jones said. “And so being able to get into those complexities and those subtleties in a way that helps surface that structure overall, that’s our sweet spot. That’s what we’re able to do.” The scholarly journal’s special winter 2019 issue: 'White Supremacy and Resistance’ digs deep into Oregon’s white supremacist roots from glaring to subtle chapters from the past. The scholar examines a vast range of prolonged white supremacy; from violence against tribal peoples as white pioneers made their way west, to the discriminatory practices in the Labor Movement, and the murder of Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian college student killed by White supremacists in Portland in 1988.

AAUW program features student filmmakers

March 3, 2020

By Tammy Malgesini, East Oregonian. Films created by Griswold High School students will be screened during the March general membership meeting of the American Association of University Women. Each year, the Oregon Historical Society coordinates the National History Day program in Oregon. Middle school and high school students compete by producing history projects in five categories — papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. This year’s topic is “Breaking Barriers in History.” Top projects qualify for the national contest. Over the years, Griswold High School students have excelled in filmmaking projects under the guidance of history teacher Lorin Kubishta. A number of Helix students have gone on to compete at the national level.

MAX stabbings inspire issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly that examines white supremacy

February 16, 2020

By Amy Wang, The Oregonian/OregonLive. The latest issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly draws a bright line from the 19th-century arrival of whites in Oregon country to the May 26, 2017, stabbings on a Portland MAX train. The quarterly, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal published since 1900 by the nonprofit Oregon Historical Society, devotes its 268-page Winter 2019 special issue to articles detailing white supremacy and resistance throughout Oregon history. An editor’s note from one of the issue’s guest editors, Portland historian and educator Carmen P. Thompson, says the MAX stabbings were the catalyst for the issue.

Oregon Historical Society Delves into State’s White Supremacist History

February 6, 2020

By Saundra Sorenson, The Skanner. The Oregon Historical Quarterly’s Winter 2019 edition may well be the definitive historical account of white supremacy in Oregon—and the ongoing resistance to it. Though it is a peer-reviewed academic journal, the special issue is structured like a textbook and reads as a compelling narrative, thanks to a diverse group of contributors that include historians and history professors, journalists, authors, educators, a retired judge, a civil rights lawyer, a natural resource management professional and the assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice. “We can imagine it with a lot of uses, everything from scholarship to public policy to education,” Eliza E. Canty-Jones, editor of OHQ, told The Skanner. “I think just citizens in general will be using it to better understand their state.”

"White Supremacy & Resistance"

February 4, 2020

by Allison Frost Follow, Samantha Matsumoto, and Julie Sabatier, OPB. The Oregon Historical Quarterly has published a special edition called “White Supremacy & Resistance.” The issue evolved as a reaction to the racial violence that resulted in two murders on a Portland MAX light rail line in 2017. Articles explore white supremacy in the formation of Oregon and its state constitution, as well as the history of violence to dominate and control nonwhite populations, from Indigenous peoples and African Americans to East Indian, Chinese and Japanese immigrants. We talk with one of the guest editors of the issue, emeritus professor of Black Studies at Portland State University Darrell Millner, and with independent historian Johanna Ogden.

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For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

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