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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.

Santa’s Coming to the Oregon Historical Society!

December 8, 2017

Santa Claus will be landing his sleigh in Santaland this month at the Oregon Historical Society! All are welcome to visit Santa Claus from 12pm to 4pm on December 9, 10, 16, 17, and 23. Admission to Santaland and to see Santa is free, and visitors are invited to take their own photos with St. Nick. Items from Meier & Frank’s popular Santaland display will be on view at the Oregon Historical Society through December. The display, donated to OHS following the closure of Macy’s downtown store this past year, includes Santa’s chair, Rudolph, animatronic elves, and a decorated Christmas tree!

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.

Press Coverage

'Racing to Change' connects past to present

January 16, 2018

By Jennifer Anderson, Portland Tribune. If you take one thing away from "Racing to Change," it's that history definitely repeats itself. The newest interactive exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society — focusing on Oregon's black pioneers during the civil rights era — is a powerful, educational and inspiring window into a world that might have technically passed but is still ever-present in today's Black Lives Matter movement and other race-related struggles. "There was lot of residual from Oregon's racial history — employment, public accommodation, housing issues" and other racist policies that have persisted, says Gwen Carr, board secretary of the Oregon Black Pioneers, the Salem-based nonprofit presenting the event.

In Depth: MLK Day at OHS!

January 15, 2018

By KXL-Morning News. New exhibit on civil rights opens today at the Oregon Historical Society. Pat talked about it with Executive Director, Kerry Tymchuk.

Oregon Historical Society opens its doors for free for MLK Day

January 15, 2018

By Genevieve Reaume, KATU News. To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, the Oregon Historical Society opened its doors for free to all visitors. Hundreds of people will get to see the historical society's new exhibit, "Racing for Change," which focuses on the civil rights movement in Oregon. Inside, attendees get to see iconic quotes from prominent figures in the movement, along with a book signed by Martin Luther King, Jr. "This tells the story of how community leaders here in Portland and across Oregon finally began to demand equal rights and civil rights," Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of OHS said. "It's a timely exhibit."

On the Go with Joe at ‘Racing to Change’

January 15, 2018

By Joe Vithayathil, KPTV - FOX 12. Monday is Martin Luther King Jr Day, when Americans remember the civil rights leader and the fight for equality, and a new exhibit examines the civil rights movement here in Oregon. In history class, when students hear about the civil rights movement, they hear about far off places like Selma and Montgomery yet next to nothing about Portland, or Oregon in general. The work of Dr. King and so many others in the movement did, in fact, have a place and a purpose right here in the northwest, though. A new exhibit from the Oregon Historical Society titled “Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years” documents the civil rights movement in the state during the 1960s and 1970s.

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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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