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Meet over 85 local authors at the Oregon Historical Society’s 50th annual Holiday Cheer book sale & literary celebration

November 22, 2017

Shop local this holiday season and join the Oregon Historical Society on Sunday, December 3 for Holiday Cheer, a festive book sale & literary celebration! Chat with 85 local authors and make a dent in your holiday shopping by picking up the perfect personalized gift. Holiday Cheer begins at noon at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Downtown Portland) and authors will be signing until 4pm. Admission is free to both the book sale and to the museum. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this Portland tradition is a chance to celebrate the rich literary talents in Oregon and marks the start of the holiday season at the Oregon Historical Society. Authors are spread throughout the museum, selling everything from children’s books to cookbooks to mysteries to histories! All featured authors have published a book in 2017, though many will also have past titles available.

High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy Exhibition Closes November 12; Extended Hours Closing Weekend

November 3, 2017

High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy, a centennial exhibition on America’s 35th president, is nearing its final days on display at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). This original exhibition, featuring artifacts that can only be seen in Portland, closes on Sunday, November 12. The Oregon Historical Society museum will be open from 10am – 8pm on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, and 12pm – 5pm on closing day, Sunday, November 12. In honor of Veteran's Day, all veterans, active duty military, and their families will be admitted FREE all weekend, November 10 – 12.

Teddy Roosevelt historical tribute tour returns to Oregon Oct. 9 – 13

October 5, 2017

Teddy Roosevelt’s Oregon Roadshow, a week-long performance tour by historical recreator Joe Wiegand, returns Oct. 9–13 to Oregon. This annual event is sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and Wells Fargo. For the past five years, Wiegand has entertained and educated people of all ages as he traversed more than 5,000 miles throughout the state. This year he will perform at schools and museums in Beaverton, Helix, Medford, Pendleton, Portland, and Salem. Visit to view the complete schedule.

Free Public Lecture in Portland June 7 Features Historic Conservation Photographers

June 5, 2017

Photos and manuscripts by noted conservationist William L. Finley, his wife Irene, and Herman T. Bohlman helped in establishing wildlife refuges in Oregon. Now those photographs, manuscripts, and other documents are becoming available online and will be shown at a lecture at the First Congregational Church (1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland) June 7 at 6:30pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

Oregon Historical Society Offers Free Admission May 27 – 29 in honor of John F. Kennedy’s 100th Birthday

May 24, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017, would have marked President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday. In honor of this milestone, and in celebration of the Oregon Historical Society’s current exhibition High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy, OHS is offering free admission Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29. “As we approach the centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birth, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to open our doors for free this weekend in order to share Kennedy’s compelling story with all Oregonians,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

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“Theodore Roosevelt” visits Roosevelt School

October 12, 2017

By Kristin Hosfelt, KOBI-TV. Roosevelt Elementary School played host to a very special guest Thursday. The 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, spoke to students about his life and his legacy. He says his biggest accomplishments include the construction of the Panama Canal and doubling the number of national parks from 5 to 10.

Teddy Roosevelt educates and entertains Salem students

October 10, 2017

By Capi Lynn, Statesman Journal. A robust figure of a man arrives, dressed in top hat and tails and wearing round spectacles and a thick mustache. With an uncanny resemblance to Theodore Roosevelt, his appearance sends you back to a time when you expect the man to climb out of a horse-drawn carriage instead of a small SUV. Joe Wiegand, a renowned historical recreator of our 26th president, spends three hours in Salem — the same length of time the real President Roosevelt did in 1903.

Bully! Teddy Roosevelt impersonator comes to Portland

October 10, 2017

KPTV FOX 12. A big personality in American history made his way to Portland Monday - former President Theodore Roosevelt. Well, a Teddy Roosevelt impersonator, that is. Joseph Wiegand is not just any Teddy look-a-like, though. He is the nation's premier Roosevelt impersonator and has even performed in the White House. The Oregon Historical Society invited him to Portland to speak to children at Holy Family Catholic School and other schools in the area.

Oregon Historical Society Launches Digital Collections

October 4, 2017

Portland Monthly. While there is nothing quite like putting on a pair of white gloves and getting lost in a file of old black and white photographs, the digital age has brought with it the ability to provide access to materials in libraries and archives from anywhere in the world. Following current trends among archives to provide broad, open access to collections, the Oregon Historical Society, located in downtown Portland, recently launched OHS Digital Collections (

Exhibiting an enthusiasm for history

May 31, 2017

By Blair Stenvick, The Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood Times. Kennedy Parish found out about the annual Oregon History Day competition, hosted by Oregon Historical Society, on a whim one day when she was looking for extracurricular activities. "I've always loved history a lot," said the Tigard High School sophomore. "I Googled 'contests in Oregon' and I found it, and I was like, I'm going to enter." Parish participated in the statewide competition for high school students held at Concordia University in April — and won first place in the individual exhibit category, earning a spot at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C., which takes place June 11 through June 15.

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Oregon Historical Society Logos

The following logos are available for OHS partners to download and use in promotional materials that have been approved through the OHS Marketing Department. The Oregon Historical Society horizontal logo is preferred in marketing materials, but the vertical logo can be used when necessary to fit within a particular layout.

OHS logos with black and white typefaces are both available. The black typeface should be used on materials with a white or light colored background. The white typeface should be used on materials with a black or dark colored background. The OHS logo includes both the gold Peace Medal emblem as well as the printed typeface and should never be applied separately from each other. The OHS logo should never be printed with a white or colored box surrounding it, and the full color logo should always be used unless prior permission has been received from the OHS Marketing Department to use a black and white version of the logo.

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For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

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Rachel Randles
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