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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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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The Playful Brush: Works by the Meito Shodo-Kai Calligraphy Association

In Shodo (Japanese calligraphy), the brush creates living art by exploring the balance between lines and space. The Meito Shodo-Kai Calligraphy Association pursues the graphic beauty of Kanji (Chinese characters imported to Japan that are...

July 5 – October 28, 2018

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Portland Psychedelic: Music and Culture in the Rose City and Beyond, 1966 – 1972

Portland served as a common West Coast stop for touring bands in the 1960s and 1970s, with a number of nationally known musicians playing shows in the Rose City. Local music thrived at the same time, centered on psychedelic coffeehouses...

July 10, 2018 – March 17, 2019

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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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A White Man’s Democracy: The Drafting of the Oregon State Constitution in the Era of Dred Scott

Just over a year before sixty white men gathered in Salem to write Oregon’s constitution (on display at...


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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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What’s It Worth?

It’s time to fish out your family heirlooms and see if they could be worth a fortune! Local experts will...


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Historic Portland Rock & Roll Walking Tour

Join Doug Kenck-Crispin of “Kick Ass Oregon History” for a walking tour of hot spots in rock and roll...


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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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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...

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The Malheur Occupation and the Problem with History

In this essay, William G. Robbins reflects on the 2016 armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in

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An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin

Join us for a captivating evening with award-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on her forthcoming...


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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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.