Protecting Our State's Cultural Legacy

History shapes people’s understanding of who they are as individuals and as members of a civilization. The Oregon Historical Society is a scholarly asset and a public resource dedicated to putting the power of history into everyone’s hands and to advancing knowledge in all corners of the world.

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Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

This exhibit illuminates Oregon’s vibrant black community and their courage, struggle and progress amongst a larger context of discrimination and displacement during the civil rights movement in Oregon in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

January 15 – June 24, 2018

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50 Years of KBOO

50 Years of KBOO is the story of Oregon’s first community radio station. Learn how KBOO started as a relief to Portland’s bleak FM desert and became a community effort to build a more accessible media. This exhibition reveals how KBOO...

January 19 – July 29, 2018

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Birds on the Wire

Birds on the Wire presents a gallery of bird photography featuring the work of William L. Finley and Herman T. Bohlman. The exhibit reflects on Finley and Bohlman’s use of photo essays in the Sunday Oregonian to help advance their...

December 14, 2017 – June 10, 2018

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Oregon My Oregon

Winner of a 2005 MUSE Award, Oregon My Oregon occupies an entire floor (7,000 square feet) of the Oregon Historical Society museum, and features some of the most important pieces from the Society's collection of artifacts.

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History Hub

History Hub is an exhibit where Oregon’s youth, students, and families can explore the topic of diversity through fun, hands-on interactives, objects, and pictures. History Hub is developed in partnership with an advisory committee of...

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Buffalo Soldiers in Vancouver and Portland

In 1899, a company of soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 24th Infantry—one of four African American regiments...


Friends of Fort Vancouver

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Lunar New Year Dragon Dance and Parade

To celebrate the Lunar New Year, The Portland Chinatown History Foundation and the Oregon Historical...


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Enemies: A History of the FBI

The Oregon Historical Society has teamed up with the University Club who will host members one Tuesday a...


University Club

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The Origins of Today’s Radical Right and the Crisis in Our Democracy

Democracy in Chains is an explosive exposé of the little-known thinker behind the radical right’s...


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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Recently named by the New York Times as one of the 100 notable books of 2017, Richard Rothstein’s The...


The Alberta Abbey

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Oregon Historical Quarterly

The Journal of Record for Oregon History

The Oregon Historical Quarterly is a scholarly asset and a public resource that is dedicated to putting the power of history into everyone’s hands and to advancing knowledge in all corners of the...

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Digital History

Digital History Projects

The Oregon Historical Society’s Digital History Projects provide the most authoritative and comprehensive online resources on Oregon history. Using expert scholarship and OHS’s extensive collections of photographs, artifacts, and archival materials, the Oregon History...

History Near You

Oregon History Wayfinder

An interactive map of Oregon History.

Library

Research and Library

Davies Family Research Library's collections encompass library and archival materials, including books,...

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Support OHS

Brick Campaign

Leave your mark on Oregon history and support the FORWARD! campaign by purchasing an engraved brick!

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Venue Rental

Located in the heart of downtown Portland and overlooking the historic South Park Blocks, the Oregon Historical Society offers the blend of the old, the new and the beautiful, creating a memorable venue for all occasions. The Historical Society is an ideal venue for weddings, receptions, award dinners, lectures, seminars, business meetings, holiday parties and birthday celebrations.