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The Oregon Historical Quarterly, a peer-reviewed, public history journal, has been published continuously since 1900 by the Oregon Historical Society, an independent, nonprofit organization. OHQ brings well-researched, well-written history about Oregon and the Pacific Northwest to both scholars and a general audience. With a circulation of around 3,500, OHQ is one of the largest state historical society journals in the United States and is a recognized and respected source for the history of the Pacific Northwest region.

Each issue contains illustrated research articles and book reviews. Other regular features include primary documents, photo essays, interpretive essays, reminiscences, and reviews of research collections. OHQ occasionally publishes special issues on a single theme, such as the Winter 2007 issue on Celilo Falls, the Fall 2012 issue on Women and Citizenship, and the Fall 2014 issue on Death and the Settling and Unsettling of Oregon. OHQ is available digitally to members and through some libraries via JSTOR.


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History in the News

The recent decision to revert Mount Denali to its indigenous name (from Mount McKinley) has inspired curiosity about how some of the familiar place-names in Oregon came about. In the Winter 2005 issue of OHQ, Jim Mockford documents the British connections that Lt. William Robert Broughton placed onto the Oregon landscape when he travelled up the Columbia River in 1792. A few of those names survive today, including Mount Hood, Youngs River, Tongue Point, and Baker’s Bay, part of the legacy of Broughton’s expedition.


Download Before Lewis and Clark, Lt. Broughton’s River of Names: The Columbia River Exploration of 1792 to learn more.

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Oregon and its people have been profoundly influenced by the process of human migration to, through, and from the state. Those migrations have created deep changes in Oregon’s social conventions, economic vitality, cultural beliefs, and legal boundaries. Migration has been central to life in Oregon for thousands of years and has become especially poignant since non-Native people began resettling here during the 1830s and 1840s. Oregonians have long engaged in complex debates about which peoples are entitled to certain rights and responsibilities as residents of the state — from notions of Manifest Destiny to black and Asian exclusion laws to campaigns for woman suffrage to policies of forced sterilization to tribal treaty negotiations and termination to welcoming late-twentieth-century refugees to a recent political struggles over tuition equity and drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Regulating Birth Symposium
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The Oregon Historical Quarterly, in collaboration with Dr. Christin Hancock of the University of Portland, is organizing a symposium in Fall 2015 that promotes scholarship on the broad subject of regulating birth, including from legal, social, political, religious, and cultural perspectives. . A special issue of the Quarterly will be drawn from the scholarship presented. The OHQ is requesting proposals for papers to be presented at the symposium, due by midnight on Sunday, November 30, 2014.

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