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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Master Penworks of Tom Stefopoulos, Hellenic Artist of the Lovejoy Columns

The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum (HACCM) presents Master Penworks of Tom Stefopoulos, Hellenic Artist of the Lovejoy Columns. Mr. Stefopoulos was the artist who painted the artwork on the pillars supporting the Lovejoy ramp of

April 27 – July 30, 2017

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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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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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Vanport Mosaic Festival

The Vanport Mosaic Festival is a four-day exploration of the history and legacy of Vanport, Oregon’s...


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Free Admission Memorial Day Weekend

In celebration of the 100th birthday of John F. Kennedy (May 29), the Oregon Historical Society museum...


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On the Road with Finley and Bohlman: Portland

Hunting Birds with a Camera: How William Finley and Herman Bohlman used photography to save Oregon's...


First Congregational United Church of Christ

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The Portland Garden Club: A History of Estate Gardens in Portland

The Oregon Historical Society is proud to present an original glass lantern slide show on the history of...


Columbia Learning Center

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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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May: Historic Preservation Month

The National Historic Preservation Act at Fifty

The special section celebrating the National Historic Preservation Act’s 50th anniversary from the Fall...

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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.