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Free Admission for Kids During Spring Break March 26 – March 30

March 23, 2018

Planning a stay-cation this spring break? Add a trip to the Oregon Historical Society to your activity calendar— the Oregon Historical Society is offering free admission for kids 18 and under during Oregon’s spring break week, March 26 – 30.

“Ideas Booth” gives one person the chance to join Ann Curry and Thomas Lauderdale on the TEDxPortland Stage April 21

March 9, 2018

The Oregon Historical Society has partnered with TEDxPortland for an exciting opportunity for you to make history! It may seem like an impossible dream to join the likes of Bill Gates or Brené Brown as speakers at TED, the legendary ideas conference. But with the creation of TEDx, independently-organized TED-like conferences throughout the world, it’s now possible for far more people to become speakers and share their idea. From March 5 through April 5, Oregonians have an opportunity to be chosen to join the lineup of speakers on stage at TEDxPortland on April 21 by visiting the Ideas Booth at the Oregon Historical Society and recording their pitch within 90 seconds or less. The Ideas Booth is located in the Oregon Historical Society pavilion and can be accessed for free during regular museum hours (Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm). The chosen speaker will be paired with a TEDxPortland Speaker Coach and graphic design team to hone their presentation and idea so that they are stage ready for 3000+ people (and thousands more watching online via and

2018 History Makers Announced; Gala Celebration Set for October 7

February 22, 2018

The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is regarded as one of Oregon’s most prestigious honors and is presented annually by OHS to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon. The Oregon History Makers Medal will be presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The 2018 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are Stacy Allison (adventurer, author, & businesswoman), Edward “Ed” Ray (transformational higher education leader), Bill Stoller (visionary business leader & philanthropist), and Bob’s Red Mill (revolutionary producer of natural, certified organic and gluten-free milled grain products).

Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years Opens January 15

January 5, 2018

On January 15, the Oregon Black Pioneers, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Oregon’s African American heritage, unveils its fourth exhibition at the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland. In celebration of the opening, admission will be free for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. On view through June 24, Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years is a groundbreaking exhibit that details the courage, struggle, and progress of Oregon’s Black residents during the 1960s and 1970s and the reverberation of those issues today. This interactive display traces the ways that discrimination practices affected Oregon’s Black community and spurred the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon.

Local Attractions Offer Reciprocal Admission to Members in 2018

December 13, 2017

Back by popular demand, museums and attractions in the Portland metro area and beyond have teamed up to offer a reciprocal membership program in 2018. Created by members of the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance (PAMA) in 2015, this special promotion was initiated as a way to show appreciation for each attraction’s loyal members, as well as to highlight the important role that cultural attractions play in the community. PAMA is excited to announce the addition of four new attractions to the reciprocal membership program. The Architectural Heritage Center, Clark County Historical Museum, Columbia River Maritime Museum, and Oregon Coast Aquarium join the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Oregon Historical Society, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Washington County Museum, & Deepwood Museum & Gardens in offering its members free admission for up to four people during the months listed.

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New series ‘Wild Wild Country’ focuses on 1980s cult community in Oregon

April 5, 2018

NBC News' TODAY. In the 1980s, controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh tried to set up a utopian community in Oregon, spurring tensions with residents. Megyn Kelly TODAY welcomes filmmakers Maclain Way and Chapman Way, whose new Netflix docuseries “Wild Wild Country” tells the strange story. Jane Stork, who was a follower, joins the discussion from her home in Germany.

50 years after his death, historians remember Dr. King's impact in Oregon

April 4, 2018

By Maggie Vespa, KGW. On permanent display at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education sits a posed, solemn black and white photo. Of the eight men standing, side by side in suits, one stands out, third from the left. “Martin Luther King. Yeah, he actually came here in 1961,” said museum director Judy Margles. “He spoke at a number of churches throughout the city.” Meanwhile, students from Liberty High School in Hillsboro toured the Historical Society’s “Racing to Change” exhibit, which covers the civil rights era in Oregon. “I mean we can like look at books and learn about things and Google it or whatever, but it's different to actually go to a museum dedicated to the civil rights movement, so I think it's nice or important to be able to see it,” said 16-year-old Dominique Marshall.

Wild Wild Country: The Jaw-Dropping Story of the Cult Next Door

March 17, 2018

By Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic. To describe Wild Wild Country as jaw-dropping is to understate the number of times my mouth gaped while watching the series, a six-part Netflix documentary about a religious community in Oregon in the 1980s. It’s ostensibly the story of how a group led by the dynamic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh purchased 64,000 acres of land in central Oregon in a bid to build its own utopian city. But, as the series immediately reveals, the narrative becomes darker and stranger than you might ever imagine. It’s a tale that mines the weirdness of the counterculture in the ’70s and ’80s, the age-old conflict between rural Americans and free love–preaching cityfolk, and the emotional vacuum that compels people to interpret a bearded mystic as something akin to a god.

Directors of the Netflix Rajneeshees docuseries talk about 'the craziest story' in Oregon history

March 14, 2018

By Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian/OregonLive. Chapman Way and Maclain Way were finishing work on "The Battered Bastards of Baseball," their 2014 documentary about the Portland Mavericks baseball team, when an archivist at the Oregon Historical Society asked what they were doing next. The two weren't sure. As grandsons of Bing Russell, actor-turned-owner of the Portland Mavericks, it wasn't a stretch that the brothers would make a documentary about the colorful team, which entertained baseball fans from 1973 through 1977. Then, Chapman recalls, archivist Matthew Cowan started talking about the hundreds of hours of footage the historical society had, about "the craziest story in the history of the state of Oregon." The more Cowan told them about the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers in rural Oregon, the weirder it all seemed, Chapman says.

Iconic mural showcasing 1990s Portland luminaries is back: How many faces do you recognize?

March 14, 2018

By Douglas Perry, The Oregonian/OregonLive. It’s Portland’s own version of the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” LP cover. The 8 ½-foot by 4 ½-foot watercolor mural features 54 famous Portland faces -- famous in the 1990s, at least, when it was created by the late artist Bill Papas. For years the work was showcased in a restaurant at downtown Portland’s Hilton Hotel. Some of the Portlanders immortalized in the mural remain widely known today, including Columbia Sportswear chief Gert Boyle, Nike co-founder Phil Knight, the late Portland mayor Vera Katz and disgraced former Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt. But there are also many faces that have migrated to the backburner of our collective memory. This isn’t Papas’ fault -- his mural was a local favorite until the hotel removed it during a 2014 remodel. It’s just that times change.

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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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(503) 306-5221