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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Oregon State University: A Legacy of Transformation

For 150 years, Oregon State University has provided access to a high-quality college education for all Oregonians, solving tough challenges through groundbreaking research, serving community needs, and propelling the state and global...

February 10 – September 9, 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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Catching Birds with a Camera: Finley, Bohlman, and the Photographs that Launched Oregon’s Conservation Movement

In their explorations of the marshy ponds around turn-of-the-century Portland, William L. Finley and his childhood friend Herman T. Bohlman developed an artistic knack for bird photography. Through popular essays and community lantern slide

February 16 – June 10, 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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Latino Cultures in Oregon

Families are invited to this all-ages program that focuses on culture and diversity in Oregon. All Family


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Legacy of Fire: Examining the Past for Clues to Oregon’s Wildfire Future

Join forest historian Doug Decker for a look back at key events and trends in Oregon’s wildfire...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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The Making of “The People’s School: A History of Oregon State University”

The presentation will address the author’s work researching and writing The People’s School, the...


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Estate Planning 101

Join Oregon Historical Society board member and professional estate planner John Boylston as he shares...


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Latinas in Oregon History: Women’s Stories from the Latino Roots Project

Drawing from the Latino Roots in Oregon Project, professors Gabriela Martínez and Lynn Stephen will...


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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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Research and Library

Davies Family Research Library's collections encompass library and archival materials, including books, serials, newspapers, oral histories, manuscripts, government documents, genealogical and biographical material, photographs, film, and maps.

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...

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Black and Blue: Police-Community Relations in Portland’s Albina District, 1964–1985

As in many cities across America, the relationship between African Americans in Portland, Oregon, and the

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Brick Campaign

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

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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.