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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Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion

America’s desire for trade with China is older than Independence, yet in 1882 the nation’s borders shut for the first time to exclude Chinese workers. A long and bitter contest over immigration and citizenship ensued, influenced by tensions

January 28 – June 1, 2016

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The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I and II

Guns, bombs, planes, tanks, ships, and submarines were the major weapons of World Wars I and II, but the persuasive powers of words and images were critically important in gaining and galvanizing the support of the American public. This...

February 28, 2015 – February 14, 2016

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Perfectly Fit: The Multnomah Athletic Club, 1891-2016

“Perfectly Fit” aptly describes the 125-year history of the Multnomah Amateur Athletic Club—now known as the MAC. From its earliest years, the club has championed amateur athletics and physical fitness for all ages and genders. The club...

January 28 – July 5, 2016

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Oregon My Oregon

Winner of a 2005 MUSE Award, Oregon My Oregon occupies an entire floor (7,000 square feet) of the Oregon Historical Society museum, and features some of the most important pieces from the Society's collection of artifacts.

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Oregon Voices

Oregon Voices examines some of the important people, events, and ideas that have shaped the state in the modern era, from the end of World War II to the present. It features the people of Oregon, from Native Americans, who have lived here...

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Oregon Statehood Day

Celebrate Oregon’s birthday in style at the Oregon Historical Society! The one and only Thomas Lauderdale


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Levi Scott’s Story of the 1846 Emigration

Levi Scott explored the new Southern Route to Oregon in 1846 and led the first covered wagon companies...


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Beyond the Gate Opening Celebration

In honor of the recent opening of the original exhibition Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic...


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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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This month in Oregon History

February: Black History Month

Issues of race and the status and circumstances of black life in Oregon are central to understanding the...

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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.