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Long-Running Oregon History Exhibit Closes for Renovation at Oregon Historical Society; New State-of-the-Art Experience Oregon Exhibit to Open February 2019

June 15, 2018

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has closed its popular Oregon My Oregon exhibition after fourteen years. Construction broke ground on May 1 on a brand new state-of the art permanent exhibition, Experience Oregon, which is set to debut on Oregon’s 160th birthday on February 14, 2019. “One of the many privileges of serving as Executive Director has been the opportunity to tag along on guided tours of Oregon My Oregon,” said Kerry Tymchuk. “While I will miss Oregon My Oregon, I know that it is being replaced by an even more fascinating and relevant narrative.”

Visit the Oregon Historical Society after the Grand Floral Parade to Learn about the Rose that Made Portland Famous

June 5, 2018

Visit the Oregon Historical Society this Saturday after the Grand Floral Parade to learn the history behind the city’s famous moniker, the City of Roses. Admission to the museum is free on Saturday, June 9, and all are invited to explore the original exhibit Madame Caroline Testout: The Rose that Made Portland Famous, on view through June 17.

Memorial Day Marks the 70th Anniversary of the Vanport Flood; Commemorate this Historic Event at Local Programs and by Exploring Digital Content

May 23, 2018

Once the second largest city in Oregon, Vanport was, during its short existence from 1942 to 1948, the nation’s largest wartime housing development, a site for social innovation, and a lightning rod for racial prejudice. On Memorial Day in 1948, the Columbia River, swirling fifteen feet above normal, punched a hole in a railroad embankment that served as a dike, starting a flood that would leave 18,000 people homeless and alter race relations in Portland forever. On the 70th anniversary of this catastrophic flood, programs throughout Portland as well as a variety of rich digital content will give the community an opportunity to remember Vanport, once the second largest city in Oregon.

Goodbye, Oregon My Oregon: Long-running Oregon Historical Society exhibit closes Sunday, April 29

April 24, 2018

After fourteen years, the Oregon Historical Society’s beloved Oregon My Oregon (OMO) exhibition will close as construction begins on a brand new state-of the art permanent exhibition, Experience Oregon. Since opening in 2004, this artifact-rich journey through Oregon’s history has delighted hundreds of thousands of students and visitors of all ages. Oregon My Oregon’s final day on view will be Sunday, April 29, and all are invited to visit OMO for free on Saturday, April 28, as well as view renderings and get a sneak peek at some of the interactive games that will be featured in Experience Oregon.

OHS Employee Association contract includes non-binary pronouns in a move to be a more inclusive workplace

April 23, 2018

On Monday, April 9, 2018, the Oregon Historical Society and the Oregon Historical Society Employee Association (OHSEA), an International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 5 affiliate, signed a three-year collective bargaining agreement that runs through April 2021. The Oregon Historical Society is excited to announce that in addition to including wage increases and continuation of benefits for existing employees in the bargaining unit, the collective bargaining agreement contains more inclusive non-binary pronouns (they/them/their), which is one of only a few in the country and the only in the Pacific Northwest. The contract embraces the diverse nature of the OHS workplace by specifically choosing language that ensures all workers are welcome and respected.

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Oregon Historical Society -- Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Years

May 17, 2018

AM Northwest, KATU. Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years is an important exhibit on display now at the Oregon Historical Society. Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk stopped by to tell us more. The exhibit runs through June 24th at Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland. You're invited to Family Saturday with an African American Twist -- May 19, 2018, from 12 pm - 4 pm. Free Admission, with special readings, and sing-alongs for all ages.

See why Portland's called the 'City of Roses' at Oregon Historical Society exhibit

May 8, 2018

By Janet Eastman, The Oregonian/OregonLive. Roses were once so abundant in Portland that almost a half million of the home-grown flowers filled an auditorium at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. A decade later, the still young but booming city had 200 miles of rose hedges lining curbs, long before shade-producing trees, wider streets and the desire for easier access to cars made them fade away. An exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society through June 17 colorfully explains how Portland became known as the "City of Roses." Part of the story includes city boosters and volunteers giving away thousands of rose cuttings named after mysterious French dressmaker Madame Caroline Testout.

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.

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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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