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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Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

This exhibit illuminates Oregon’s vibrant black community and their courage, struggle and progress amongst a larger context of discrimination and displacement during the civil rights movement in Oregon in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

January 15 – June 24, 2018

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Oregon State University: A Legacy of Transformation

For 150 years, Oregon State University has provided access to a high-quality college education for all Oregonians, solving tough challenges through groundbreaking research, serving community needs, and propelling the state and global...

February 10 – September 9, 2018

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50 Years of KBOO

50 Years of KBOO is the story of Oregon’s first community radio station. Learn how KBOO started as a relief to Portland’s bleak FM desert and became a community effort to build a more accessible media. This exhibition reveals how KBOO...

January 19 – July 29, 2018

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Birds on the Wire

Birds on the Wire presents a gallery of bird photography featuring the work of William L. Finley and Herman T. Bohlman. The exhibit reflects on Finley and Bohlman’s use of photo essays in the Sunday Oregonian to help advance their...

December 14, 2017 – July 12, 2018

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State Sponsored Sterilization: The Dark History of Eugenics in Oregon

In 1917, the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Board of Eugenics. Its charge was to review reports...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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Oregon’s Manila Galleon: Beginning to Solve the Mystery

Our July Second Sunday program presents the lead researcher and author on almost all the articles...


Oregon Historical Society, Hatfield Room

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Remembering the Genocide in Bosnia

On July 11, 1995, during the 1992–1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serb nationalist forces took over...


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Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down

For over 50 years, the sole judge of the Oregon State Fair’s Chocolate Cake Contest has been the one and...


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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...

Oregon Historical Quarterly special issue

Call for Proposals: Oregon Historical Quarterly issue on White Supremacy and Resistance

The Oregon Historical Quarterly has committed to producing a special issue that will explore the state’s...

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Digital Collections

Newly Added to OHS Digital Collections

Org. Lot 1368.G, part of the Oregon Journal Photographic Negatives collection. Images of State and Local...

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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.