About Us

The Oregon Historical Society is dedicated to making Oregon’s long, rich history visible and accessible to all. For more than a century, we have served as the state’s collective memory, gathering and preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, films, manuscripts, books, and oral histories.

Researchers from around the world travel to our library, unearthing information that challenges conventional thinking. Curious individuals come to us to explore their family trees or discover the history of their homes or neighborhoods. Archaeologists, environmentalists, filmmakers, architects, novelists, artists, and others all find their way to us, asking questions, making discoveries, creating knowledge.

We share our vast collection through thought-provoking museum exhibits and robust digital platforms. We bring history directly to Oregon's students in ways that bridge gaps of time and perspective, and we support lifelong learning through our many public lectures and events. We advance critical inquiry through the Oregon Historical Quarterly , a journal that has sparked conversations throughout our community for over a century.

About the Oregon Historical Society

The Oregon Historical Society practices and promotes inclusiveness. We honor the diverse strengths, needs, voices, and backgrounds of all members of our community and are committed to the equitable treatment of all people and the elimination of discrimination in all its forms.

Affiliates and Partners

The Oregon Historical Society is thankful for the support of our Affiliate Members and Partner Organizations around the state.

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Mission and Vision

The Mission and Vision of the Oregon Historical Society

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The Oregon Historical Society has an active volunteer Board of Trustees which oversees the general operations of the Society. In addition, OHS...

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Employees and volunteers of the Oregon Historical Society are engaged in promoting the understanding of how history enriches and helps guide our...

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History of the Oregon Historical Society

History of the Oregon Historical Society from it's founding in 1898 to the present day.

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News and Press

Press releases, press kit materials and news coverage about the Society.

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