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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Use Well Your Time While in Your Prime: Samplers from the Oregon Historical Society Collection

For many centuries, sewing an embroidery sampler was an essential part of a young woman’s education. Samplers typically featured letters, numbers, and illustrations, as well as religious or moral quotations. Samplers often became treasured...

July 21 – November 26, 2017

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My Journey with Lewis and Clark: Watercolors by Helen Brown

Inspired by the discoveries Meriwether Lewis and William Clark made during their travels, “My Journey with Lewis and Clark” features a series of watercolor works that include scenes that the Corps of Discovery may have seen along the way,...

September 15, 2017 – January 14, 2018

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Mirror on the Modern Woman: Selected Images from the Oregon Journal, 1927–1932

The 1920s heralded the era of the Modern Woman, a more adventurous and independent type open to new possibilities. The new exhibit Mirror on the Modern Woman depicts some of these Modern Women, young and old, at work and at play. The...

May 12 – December 1, 2017

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Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew

In 2014, photographer Ed Drew was commissioned by Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services to make portraits during several intensive “talking circle” weekends, in which participants recounted their experiences with racism, abuse, drug...

August 1 – December 3, 2017

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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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The Martha Washington Hotel: Portland’s Early Affordable Housing Endeavor

Three versions of the Martha Washington Hotel operated between 1887 and 1983.  Although only two were...


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Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill

Join author Barry Singer for a talk on his book Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill. One...


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Red, White & Black: An Oregon Wine Story

Red, White & Black is a passion project and the brainchild of Bertony Faustin, proprietor of Abbey Creek...


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Members Opening Reception—Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

Oregon Historical Society members are invited to a special exhibition preview and reception for Racing to


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Beyond Fake News: How We Find Accurate Information about the World

At all levels, the news can both represent and misrepresent the facts at hand. From debate over local...


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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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Special Event

Holiday Cheer

For 50 years, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated the literary talents of Oregonians at this...


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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.