Strategic Plan

For more than a year, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has been developing a Strategic Plan to guide our work through 2023. While our organization has celebrated many proud accomplishments in our mission to preserve our state’s history and make it accessible to all, we have also encountered challenges and identified areas for growth.

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Led by a Design Team with consultant support, we undertook a planning process and engaged numerous stakeholders including staff, trustees, volunteers, members, educators, editorial advisory board members, the Cabinet (OHS’s emerging leaders board), affiliates from around the state, community leaders, and national experts in public history, research libraries, archives, and museums.

Informed by these perspectives, the OHS staff and trustees came together to explore our vision, values, strengths, challenges, and strategies. The Design Team then fleshed out a five-year strategic framework and associated near-term implementation milestones. Drawing on additional feedback from all staff, the Design Team finalized our plan and began drafting achievement milestones, which will be regularly updated as our work proceeds.

With this new Strategic Plan, OHS commits to redoubling our efforts to partner with communities across the state as we also deepen our internal capabilities to become a more diverse and inclusive institution. We are excited to further leverage the power of technology to enhance visitors' and users' experiences, and to become a more efficient, effective, and collaborative organization.

In the spirit of accountability and transparency, we are proud to share with the community our 2019–2023 Strategic Plan.

Oregon Historical Society Strategic Framework