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.
America’s desire for trade with China is older than Independence, yet in 1882 the nation’s borders shut for the first time to exclude Chinese workers. A long and bitter contest over immigration and citizenship ensued, influenced by tensions
January 28 – June 1, 2016Learn More
Using both rare and seldom seen objects like Chinese opera costumes, theatrical sets, bilingual text, audiovisual media, and interactive visitor stations, Beyond the Gate tells a sprawling transnational story of contact and trade between...
February 29 – June 21, 2016Learn More
For the past several years, acclaimed Oregon artist Kathy Deggendorfer has traveled the state visiting farms, fisheries, orchards, vineyards, and ranches, documenting through an artist’s eye what makes Oregon such a special place for food...
March 10 – June 6, 2016Learn More
“Perfectly Fit” aptly describes the 125-year history of the Multnomah Amateur Athletic Club—now known as the MAC. From its earliest years, the club has championed amateur athletics and physical fitness for all ages and genders. The club...
January 28 – July 5, 2016Learn More
Oregon lawyer and civil rights activist Minoru Yasui (1916–1986) received a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 in recognition of his courage in defying a racist military curfew law during World War II, for which he was...
February 4 – March 31, 2016Learn More
Calls to "take back America" frequent campaign cycles targeting various "others" as the reason for...
Oregon Historical Society
Join us for the first of three special screenings of community-produced short oral history documentaries,
Located in John Day, the historic Chinese medicinal herb store Kam Wah Chung & Company was operated by...
The Oregon Historical Society’s Digital History Projects provide the most authoritative and comprehensive online resources on Oregon history. The...
History Near You
An interactive map of Oregon History.
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.