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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High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy

On November 22, 1963, the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through the streets of Dallas, Texas. Kennedy’s short presidency was marked by great hope and promise but...

March 25 – November 12, 2017

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My Journey with Lewis and Clark: Watercolors by Helen Brown

Inspired by the discoveries Meriwether Lewis and William Clark made during their travels, “My Journey with Lewis and Clark” features a series of watercolor works that include scenes that the Corps of Discovery may have seen along the way,...

September 15, 2017 – January 14, 2018

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Mirror on the Modern Woman: Selected Images from the Oregon Journal, 1927–1932

The 1920s heralded the era of the Modern Woman, a more adventurous and independent type open to new possibilities. The new exhibit Mirror on the Modern Woman depicts some of these Modern Women, young and old, at work and at play. The...

May 12 – October 15, 2017

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Use Well Your Time While in Your Prime: Samplers from the Oregon Historical Society Collection

For many centuries, sewing an embroidery sampler was an essential part of a young woman’s education. Samplers typically featured letters, numbers, and illustrations, as well as religious or moral quotations. Samplers often became treasured...

July 21 – November 26, 2017

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Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew

In 2014, photographer Ed Drew was commissioned by Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services to make portraits during several intensive “talking circle” weekends, in which participants recounted their experiences with racism, abuse, drug...

August 1 – December 3, 2017

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Detained by My Country

For Japanese Americans who lived in the West during World War II, the removal to internment camps in 1942


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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Oregonians’ Efforts for Peace in the Middle East

This evening of dialogue will feature perspectives and memories shared by three Oregonians — a Jew, a...


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From Maxville to Vanport: Community Input Event

The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble (PJCE) is creating a new piece of community-guided music, “From...


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The Vineyard Years: A Memoir with Recipes

The Vineyard Years chronicles the journey of Susan Sokol Blosser, a pioneering female winery owner. From...


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Genealogy Workshop — Researching Chinese-American Family History

In this class, researchers of Chinese American family history will gain background knowledge 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. Using expert scholarship and OHS’s extensive collections of photographs, artifacts, and archival materials, the Oregon History...

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Oregon History Wayfinder

An interactive map of Oregon History.

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Research and Library

Davies Family Research Library's collections encompass library and archival materials, including books,...

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Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum

For 20 years, the Oregon Historical Society has presented the Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians...


First Congregational United Church of Christ

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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.