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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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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Baseball’s Magna Carta: Setting the Rules of America’s Game

Documents that the official historian of Major League Baseball declared “the Magna Carta of America’s national pastime” are the centerpiece of this new exhibit. This is the first public display of these 1857 papers, which only recently came

July 1 – October 9, 2016

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Document of a Dynamic Community: The Skanner Photography of Julie Keefe

A long-time fixture in Portland, The Skanner News Group has documented a dynamic community undergoing tremendous social and economic changes over the past four decades. Established in 1975, The Skanner has advanced the cause of the Black...

August 24 – December 18, 2016

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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 – February 5, 2017

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National Parks Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape

U.S. National Parks Service roads have made national wonders and historic sites available for generations


McMenamins Kennedy School

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The Jewish Oregon Story: 1950 – 2010

New from Oregon State University Press, The Jewish Oregon Story traces the history of diverse Jewish...


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Making Portland Into Comic City, USA

If Portland is Comic City, USA, then Dark Horse Comics founder Mike Richardson is its mayor. Born of a...


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American Umpire

We are on the cusp of a change in the way we do foreign policy in this country. The major threat in the...


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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...

History Near You

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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Special Event

Oregon Archives Crawl

The Oregon Archives Crawl is back and we want YOU to “crawl” between the City of Portland Archives &...


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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.