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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Experience Oregon

Visitors of all ages, and from all parts of the world, come to the Oregon Historical Society each year to learn about Oregon. Whether you were born here, have chosen to make this place home, or are just passing through, it is undeniable...

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Barley, Barrels, Bottles, and 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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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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Harnessing the Power of  Photography: Selections from the OHS  Portland General Electric Collections, 1895-1979

The photographs in this exhibit show how Portland General Electric (PGE) used photography to promote its business over a span of more than 85 years. The images, all taken from the OHS Research Library, address the way in which PGE used...

March 1 – September 15, 2019

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Crisis on the Columbia: Making a Difference at Mid-Century

The Native fishing community of Celilo Village was in crisis following WWII. Dams, highways, and federal...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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Giving the Noose the Slip: An Analysis of Female Murderers in Oregon, 1854-1950

Twenty-five women were convicted of homicide in Oregon between 1854 and 1950. During these years the...


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice

“Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice,” tells the story of Minoru (Min) Yasui. The son...


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TEDxPortland Ideas Booth

The Oregon Historical Society is excited to partner once again with TEDxPortland on the Ideas Booth to...


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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

Can She Run a Boiler? Misogyny in the Archives

To celebrate women’s history month, and to make visible the vital role of women in American History,...

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Free Admission 18 and under

Free Admission to Youth during Oregon’s Spring Break, March 23 – 31

Are you planning a stay-cation this spring break? Admission is FREE for youth 18 and under during...

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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.