Welcome to the OHS Blog

November 20, 2018

By Erin Brasell

Oregon Historical Society staff have been working around the clock on our punch machines to highlight new finds and old favorites from our collections. We invite you to check in periodically for a glimpse at what we've discovered for you. 

Welcome to the Oregon Historical Society’s blog, Dear Oregon: Dispatches from Professional Time Travelers, an online space where OHS staff (and occasional guest writers) share experiences and reflections about the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon’s history.

For 120 years, OHS has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Those collections are cared for and made available to visitors through public and private funding, support from community partners, and a staff of knowledgeable, enthusiastic professionals who make OHS a respected research and public history institution. Through this blog, we are excited to share the expertise of our staff, shed light on the many hidden treasures in our collections, and provide a growing digital supplement to OHS’ ongoing work of preserving our state's history and making it accessible to everyone. 

When planning for the blog’s launch, OHS staff had many discussions about how to best use this important new (to us) platform. We concluded that Dear Oregon is the perfect place to embrace the admirable, peculiar, and sometimes challenging pieces of our past. By sharing histories from every corner of the state and connecting those stories to the world around us, we hope to uphold OHS’ vision of fostering a better tomorrow through an Oregon story that is meaningful to all Oregonians. 

Think of our bloggers as your online guides to OHS, bringing to the surface new discoveries, a few of our favorite things, ideas about our work, and much more. As the OHS blog grows over time, readers will find posts relevant to industry professionals, teachers, students, general visitors, and history buffs alike.

We encourage you to explore our blog, engage with our bloggers, and come back again soon!

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