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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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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Vision, Mission, Values: 125 Years of George Fox University

George Fox University presents Vision, Mission Values: 125 Years of George Fox University as a celebration of their 125 years providing education to students in Oregon. The exhibit features the unique history of the institution, including...

November 30, 2016 – February 5, 2017

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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 – July 4, 2017

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“A Road Suited to the Times”: The Columbia River Highway at 100

Join us for a glass lantern slide show celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the building of the...


Hollywood Theatre

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance: Conflict Transformation across 75 Years

President Roosevelt’s "day which will live in infamy" has been recognized every December 7th as a pivotal


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Oregon’s Country Boy Cartoonist

Homer Calvin Davenport (1867–1912) was Oregon’s first media super-star; yet, few outside his hometown are


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One Woman’s War: Coming of Age in the Swan Island Shipyard

When Eva Eldridge, a farm girl from Baker County, arrived in World War II Portland, she was shy and...


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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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Blog—Reuniting Finley and Bohlman

Nature Photography: A Family Affair

William Finley and Herman Bohlman were not the only ones behind the camera. In the Finley household,...

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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.