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.
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, 2017Learn More
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, 2017Learn More
Documents that the official historian of Major League Baseball declared “the Magna Carta of America’s national pastime” are the centerpiece of this new exhibit. This is the first public display of these 1857 papers, which only recently came
July 1 – October 9, 2016Learn More
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, 2016Learn More
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 – February 5, 2017Learn More
U.S. National Parks Service roads have made national wonders and historic sites available for generations
New from Oregon State University Press, The Jewish Oregon Story traces the history of diverse Jewish...
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If Portland is Comic City, USA, then Dark Horse Comics founder Mike Richardson is its mayor. Born of a...
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The Oregon Historical Society’s Digital History Projects provide the most authoritative and comprehensive online resources on Oregon history. The...
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.