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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Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer

The history of beer in Oregon and the passion Oregonians hold for beer and brewing extends back over two hundred years. This exhibition connects these moments in history, from the Lewis and Clark Expedition to early pioneer hop growers,...

October 26, 2018 – June 9, 2019

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Meier and Frank Santaland

Generations of Oregonians have fond memories of the downtown Portland Meier & Frank department store’s Santaland. A ride on the iconic Monorail and a chance to sit on Santa’s lap became a Christmas tradition for many families. Following the

November 28 – December 31, 2018

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Pioneering Compassion: 150 Years at the Oregon Humane Society

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, 2019

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State of Abstraction: Works by Albert Patecky, Oregon Artist

Albert Patecky was an Oregon artist distinguished by his abilities in both representational and non-objective art. He perfected both traditional landscapes and abstract geometric forms, balancing on the boundary between conventional and...

December 4, 2018 – March 24, 2019

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Frames Per Second: Selections from the OHS 16mm News Film Collection, 1969-1981

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 – February 24, 2019

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Santa Visits Santaland December 15

Santa Claus will be landing his sleigh in Santaland this month at the Oregon Historical Society! All are...


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A Celebration of Oregon’s Immigrant Communities

Join us for an all ages program celebrating some of Oregon’s immigrant communities! Cultural exhibitions...


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Santa Visits Santaland December 22

Santa Claus will be landing his sleigh in Santaland this month at the Oregon Historical Society! All are...


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About Wallace Stegner: Wise Man of the American West

Wallace Stegner (1908-1993) often gained praise as a superlative western author and thinker, as a Wise...


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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The Sea Also Rises: History and Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

Like everything else in the world, climate change has a long history. Many of the people involved in the...


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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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

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.

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

Warm Springs Reflections

Eliza Canty-Jones, Editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly and OHS’ Director of Community Engagement,...

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Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

For over 20 years, the Oregon Historical Society has presented the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series,...


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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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.