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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Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns

Using both rare and seldom seen objects like Chinese opera costumes, theatrical sets, bilingual text, audiovisual media, and interactive visitor stations, Beyond the Gate tells a sprawling transnational story of contact and trade between...

February 29 – June 21, 2016

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Painting Oregon’s Harvest: The Art of Kathy Deggendorfer

For the past several years, acclaimed Oregon artist Kathy Deggendorfer has traveled the state visiting farms, fisheries, orchards, vineyards, and ranches, documenting through an artist’s eye what makes Oregon such a special place for food...

March 10 – June 6, 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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Yasui Brothers Collection

Oregon lawyer and civil rights activist Minoru Yasui (1916–1986) received a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 in recognition of his courage in defying a racist military curfew law during World War II, for which he was...

February 4 – March 31, 2016

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Lantern Slide Show—A Land of Milk and Honey: An Illuminated Guide to Oregon’s Bounty

Join us for a pictorial history of food in Oregon from 1850 to 1940 with an emphasis on the agricultural...


Portland State University

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Library Surplus Sale

It’s spring cleaning for the OHS Research Library, which means we have a super sale of duplicate or out...


Oregon Historical Society

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Teddy Roosevelt’s Oregon Roadshow

Sponsored by Wells Fargo, the Teddy Roosevelt Oregon Roadshow brings famed Teddy recreator Joe Wiegand to


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The Untold Story: Chinese American History in Oregon—Portland

Ying’s talk will take audiences down the historical lane of the Pendleton Chinese community, including...


Midland Library

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Let’s Get Focused: Creating a Research Plan and Staying Organized

Family history is fun and addicting! But, if you’re not careful, it can quickly get out of hand. Whether...


Oregon Historical Society

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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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Online Exhibit

The Fred Meyer Story

In many ways, the story of Fred G. Meyer and Fred Meyer, Inc. mirrors the story of the expansion and...

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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.