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.
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, 2017Learn More
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, 2018Learn More
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, 2017Learn More
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, 2017Learn More
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, 2017Learn More
Ernest Haycox and the Western (2017), by Richard W. Etulain, traces the writer’s ascending career from a...
Oregon Historical Society, Hatfield Room
Did you know that you can design, build, license, and fly your very own full scale aircraft? Did you know
Join us for a pictorial history of food in Oregon from 1850 to 1940 with an emphasis on the agricultural...
The festival features author readings and discussions for book lovers of all ages, adult and youth...
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...
History Near You
An interactive map of Oregon History.
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.