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Coast Guard and Navy delivery to Iwo Jima, 1945
World War II:
A World at War,
A State Transformed
Open Now!
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Join us as we honor the Greatest Generation through an original exhibition, opening 70 years following the end of World War II. Artifacts and manuscripts from the premier Mark Family Collection and items drawn from the Oregon Historical Society’s archives tell the story of this worldwide conflict and of events that dramatically changed Oregon.
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Letters at Lunchtime
July 29th at 12 noon
Free Admission!
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The Oregon Historical Society holds hundreds of letters written by servicemen and their families and friends during WWII. To coincide with our WWII exhibition, we have selected a sampling of those letters to read aloud over lunch. Stop by the farmers market, then head over to OHS for this unique glimpse into our collection!

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A Community
On the Move
Open through October 4th
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Created by the Oregon Black Pioneers, this original exhibition explores how the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects impacted Portland’s black families and businesses. Drawing on personal photographs, historic artifacts, and hands on experiences, the exhibit is designed to illuminate Portland’s vibrant black community of the 1940s and early 1950s.