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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The Columbia River: From Source to Sea

The Columbia River flows for over 1200 miles, born free in the cradle of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia. From its humble beginnings from a tiny spring you can straddle, to a two mile wide confluence with the Pacific Ocean, the...

January 19 – April 1, 2017

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Oregon's Landmark Legislation

Oregon has repeatedly led the nation in creating, revising, and implementing laws shaping the quality of life of its citizens. While Oregon’s innovations have evoked controversy, they have charted the course for other states and nations....

February 10 – July 17, 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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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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History Hub

History Hub is an exhibit where Oregon’s youth, students, and families can explore the topic of diversity through fun, hands-on interactives, objects, and pictures. History Hub is developed in partnership with an advisory committee of...

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Is Portland Ready for the Big One?: Portland’s Past and Future Earthquakes

In the Pacific Northwest of the United States, the Juan de Fuca plate is being subducted under the North...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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Estate Planning 101

Join Oregon Historical Society board member and professional estate planner John Boylston as he shares...


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Genealogy Workshop — Bury the Dead, Not the Living: Organizing Your Records

Have you just started digging into your family tree, or are you a genealogy veteran who wants to learn...


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Concert of Remembrance— Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of FDR’s Executive Order 9066

This concert commemorates the 75th anniversary of FDR’s Executive Order 9066, which uprooted American...


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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 in Oregon Month

Periodically, newspaper or magazine articles appear proclaiming amazement at how white the population of...

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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.