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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A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Free Admission on Monday, January 16th, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture” is a commemorative poster exhibition celebrating the opening...

December 6, 2016 – January 16, 2017

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Comic City, USA

With recent blockbuster smashes featuring superhero legends, the comic book industry has experienced a surge of popular support. While there are many Oregonians picking up a comic book for their first time, the comic industry in Oregon has...

August 12, 2016 – January 31, 2017

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Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America

The blueprints of American democracy, drawn from as far back as the Magna Carta in the thirteenth century and including the founding documents of this nation, are laying out the pathways of the twenty-first century. As the nation has grown...

July 29, 2016 – February 1, 2017

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Vision, Mission, Values: 125 Years of George Fox University

George Fox University presents Vision, Mission Values: 125 Years of George Fox University as a celebration of their 125 years providing education to students in Oregon. The exhibit features the unique history of the institution, including...

November 30, 2016 – February 5, 2017

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The Portland Police Historical Society: Preserving the History and Honoring the Service of Portland Law-Enforcement Officers, 1851 – Present

On loan from the Portland Police Museum (located on SW 2nd Avenue in downtown Portland), this local exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Portland Police Historical Society through artifacts, photographs, and documents relating...

September 12, 2016 – July 4, 2017

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George Atkinson’s Vision for Oregon

George Atkinson (1819-1889) was among the most influential people in the Pacific Northwest during his...


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Members Opening Reception: The Columbia River, From Source to Sea

Rescheduled! OHS Members can celebrate the opening of our new exhibit, “The Columbia River: From Source...


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Lunar New Year Dragon Dance and Parade

To celebrate the Lunar New Year, The Portland Chinatown History Foundation presents the second annual...


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Eve of a Hundred Midnights

Eve of a Hundred Midnights tells the true story of two newlywed war correspondents' island-hopping run...


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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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Digital History

Digital History Projects

The Oregon Historical Society’s Digital History Projects provide the most authoritative and comprehensive online resources on Oregon history. The...

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Oregon History Wayfinder

An interactive map of Oregon History.

Library

Research and Library

Davies Family Research Library's collections encompass library and archival materials, including books,...

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From the Oregon Encyclopedia

This Month in Oregon History

January: Activism in Oregon

“To begin with, then, we are rejoiced to see something started which

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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.