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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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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Margaret Sanger Comes to Portland

Margaret Sanger (1879–1966) was one of the earliest birth control advocates. Her periodical “The Woman Rebel” promoted contraceptive practices and was declared obscene by the U.S. courts in 1914, leading to her exile in England. In the same

June 20 – July 25, 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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Portland to the Rescue: Rose City Rushes to 1906 Stricken San Francisco

Before Hurricane Katrina, the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 was the greatest natural disaster


McMenamins Kennedy School

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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...


McMenamins Edgefield

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Northwest Mixtape: Hip Hop Culture and Influences

The Pacific Northwest has a relationship with hip hop culture that is complex and, on occasion,...


Oregon Historical Society

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Fred’s Beer: A Sampling of What He Left Behind

A beloved advocate, critic, educator, mentor, and historian for the brewing community, Fred Eckhardt has...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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Baseball in the Garden of Eden

John Thorn is the Official Historian of Major League Baseball. He was the chief consultant to the...


First Congregational Church

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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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Upcoming Exhibit

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...


Oregon Historical Society

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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.