The Oregon Historical Society Museum Store features a wide selection of books from local and regional authors. All publications featured on this page are available for purchase in the museum store.
Looking for a particular book or subject? Call the Museum Store at 503.306.5230.
Museum Store Hours:
Monday – Saturday | 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday | Noon – 5 PM
Admission is free to visit the museum store.
The Oregon Historical Society Museum Store is located in the main pavilion of the Oregon History Museum at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland.
Windows on America: The Challenges of Presidential Leadership
by Stephen Dow Beckham
This hardcover 140 page catalog of the artifacts and documents on display at the Oregon Historical Society from the Mark Family Collection is as extraordinary as the exhibition itself. The oversized book is richly illustrated with full color photographs of these phenomenal pieces associated with the most iconic presidents in United States history.
Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami
by Meher McArthur and Robert J. Lang
Lavish color photographs and illuminating narratives chronicle origami's remarkable evolution and showcases the widespread applications of paper folding solutions in the fields of contemporary mathematics, engineering, design, and the international peace movement. Based around the exhibition by the same name, Folding Paper features the work of more than forty leading origami artists worldwide from Joel Cooper's haunting Cyrus mask to Linda Tomoko Mihara's delicate Crane Cube to Eric Joisel's lifelike Pangolin model. $24.95 hardcover
Oregon Historical Quarterly Death Symposium
Death played a big part in the settling and unsettling of Oregon. Here's some suggested reading.
The Meek Cutoff: Tracing the Oregon Trail's Lost Wagon Train of 1845
by Brooks Geer Ragen
Just released, this oversized book uses full color maps, photography, and extended diary entries to document one of the more infamous episodes in Oregon Trail history when Stephen Meek led a group of migrants on a shortcut through the Oregon desert with disastrous results. Over the course of five years Ragen and a team of specialists in history, geology, global positioning, metal detecting, and aerial photography retraced the Meek Cutoff locating wagon ruts, gravesites, and other physical evidence from the most difficult parts of the trail. $40.00 hardcover
The Coming of the Spirit of Pestilence: Introduced Infectious Diseases and Population Decline Among Northwest Indians, 1774-1874
by Robert Boyd
This authoritative account provides a thorough examination of the disease epidemics introduced by European Americans that decimated native populations of the Pacific Northwest, reducing an estimated population of 180,000 to only 35,000 survivors over the course of one century. Boyd's masterpiece is informed by both the records, logs, censuses, and diaries of European Americans and the oral traditions and informant testimonies of Northwest Indians. $60.00 hardcover
Murder and Mayhem in Portland
by J.D. Chandler
After sixteen years of research, criminal historian J.D. Chandler's provides a history of Portland as seen through its most notable and sensational murders. Included are the familiar stories of pioneer Danforth Balch's killing of his son-in-law and a critical examination of the exploits of notorious crimp Bunco Kelly as well as lesser known homicides perpetrated by criminal organizations in Chinatown and the 1930s gangster predecessors of Big Jim Elkins. $19.99 paperback
The People Are Dancing Again: The History of the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon
by Charles Wilkinson
The People are Dancing Again is the definitive history of the twenty-seven tribes that were brought together on the Oregon Coast through treaties with the federal government in 1853–55. Many members of what would become the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians endured extreme hardship and loss of life when forced on their own trail of tears including a punitive “Death March.” The author also recounts how they became the second tribe in the nation to have its federal status, its treaty rights, and its sovereignty restored. $35.00 hardcover
Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon
by R. Gregory Nokes
The author provides the most complete account of the more than 30 Chinese gold miners massacred in 1887 including evidence implicating an improbable gang of rustlers and schoolboys as the killers. He also examines the once-substantial presence of Chinese laborers in the interior Pacific Northwest, describing why they came, how their efforts contributed to the region’s development, and how too often mistreatment and abuse were their only reward. $18.95 paperback
The Emigrant’s Guide to Oregon and California
by Lansford Hastings
Available in reprinted form is the once popular guidebook for overland emigrants to the West Coast first published in 1845. It received unwelcome notoriety as the guidebook used by the ill-fated Donner Party that resorted to cannibalism when trapped in the snows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As a corrective, Army Captain and renowned guide Randolph Marcy was asked by the War Department to author a more accurate guide, The Prairie Traveler, which is also available as a reprint for $12.95. $14.95 paperback
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 4,500, 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.
Curiosity or Cure?: Chinese Medicine and American Orientalism in Progressive Era California and Oregon
by Tamara Venit Shelton
Portland’s “Refugee from Occupied Hollywood”: Andries Deinum and his Center for the Moving Image
by Heather O. Petrocelli
Following the Roots of Oregon Wine
by Rachael Cristine Woody and Rich Schmidt
Russell Lee in the Northwest: Documenting Japanese American Farm Labor Camps in Oregon and Idaho
by Morgen Young
Remembering Chinese in Hells Canyon and the Pacific Northwest
by R. Gregory Nokes
Single and Back Issue Purchases
Looking for a copy of a specific issue? Most issues of OHQ are still in print and available for purchase. Issues of the Oregon Historical Quarterly are available from the OHS Museum Store.
In-print issues, Volume 110 to present, 2009-present: $12.00 each
In-print issues, Volume 103 to 109, 2002-2008: $10.00 each
In-print issues, Volume 1 to Volume 102, 1900-2001: $8.00 each
Contact the Museum Store
For more information or to place an order:
Oregon Historical Society Museum Store
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (503) 306-5230
Fax: (503) 221-2035