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 or email us at


Current Exhibition Reading
Inspired by: Working on the River: A History of Dredging



Portland’s Maritime History

Rebecca Harrison and Daniel Cowan

$21.99 regular price, $19.79 member price


Portland is not only the site of numerous marine terminals along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers but also home to much of our American maritime history. Portland shipbuilding starting in 1840 with construction of the schooner Star of Oregon. Over 100 years later, three Portland shipyards would build 621 ships for the war effort. Both before and after World War II, several steel and iron companies used the harbors in Portland for their manufacturing. Aside from production, Portland ships over 13 million tons of cargo every year and is the biggest shipper of wheat in the United States. The city displays this maritime history along its beautiful rivers.

Ghost Town-Inspired Reading



Ghost Towns of the Northwest

Norman D. Weis

$17.95 regular price, $16.15 member price


Sixty-two ghost towns from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana are individually described with the history of each town and specific directions on how to find them. Nearly twenty are unknown to the general public. The author has given you a head start in your quest, having explored new angles for information on some of the more familiar ghost towns, or visiting with old timers for an offbeat story or two.










Willamette Landings: Ghost Towns of the River

Howard McKinley Corning

On Sale! Only $5.00!


During the second half of the nineteenth century, the Willamette River served as the primary means of transportation for both people and goods in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Riverboats plied the river along a series of landings and small communities where much of the population clustered. Some of these settlements, such as Albany and Springfield, developed into the towns and metropolitan centers of present-day Oregon. Others, such as Lancaster, flourished briefly before gradually declining or disappearing altogether as transportation shifted to roads and railroads.


Originally published in 1947, Willamette Landings offers a portrait of the Willamette River at a time when it was the bustling center of commerce and settlement. McKinley’s account presents a perspective unfamiliar today – from the river itself


This new edition includes maps, numerous historic photographs, and in introduction by the well-known writer Robin Cody, whose affinity with the life and history of rivers of the Pacific Northwest.



Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest

Linda Carlson
$22.58 regular price, $20.32 member price


The words "company town" evoke images of rough-and-tumble loggers and gritty miners, of dreary shacks in isolated villages, of wages paid in scrip good only at price-gouging company stores, of paternalistic employers. But these stereotypes are outdated, especially for those company towns that flourished well into the twentieth century. In Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest, Linda Carlson provides a more balanced and realistic look at these "intentional communities."


Drawing from residents' reminiscences, contemporary newspaper accounts, company newsletters and histories, census and school records, and site plans, Carlson looks at towns in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. She examines how companies went about controlling housing, religion, taxes, liquor, prostitution, and union organizers. This vibrant history gives the details of daily life in communities that were often remote and subject to severe weather. It looks at the tragedies and celebrations: sawmill accidents, mine cave-ins, and avalanches as well as Independence Day picnics, school graduations, and Christmas parties. Finally, it tells what happened when people left - when they lost their jobs, when the family breadwinner died or was disabled, when the mill closed.


An ample selection of illustrations, most never previously published, broadens the appeal of this lively and well-researched book.

Oregon Historical Society Press Books

While the OHS Press is no longer in operation, limited copies of press books are available through the Museum Store. If you are interested in ordering an OHS Press book, please contact the Museum Store at or 503-306-5230 for price and availability.


OHS recognizes the importance of Oregon authors, and invites the community to join us for our annual holiday book sale and signing, Holiday Cheer! Visit with local authors of all genres who have published in the current year, and have a book personally signed for the perfect holiday gift! Holiday Cheer is always on the first Sunday in December, and is free and open to the public.


Oregon Historical Quarterly


About OHQ

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.

OHQ Fall 2014

Current Issue

Fall 2014, 115:3


Interested in receiving the entire issue of OHQ in your mailbox or exploring 115 years of issues online? Become a member today!


Natives and Pioneers: Death and the Settling and Unsettling of Oregon
by Matthew Dennis

“We Are Created from this Land”: Washat Leaders Reflect on Place-Based Spiritual Beliefs
by Rex Buck, Jr. and Wilson Wewa

Stealing from the Dead: Scientists, Settlers, and Indian Burial Sites in Early-Nineteenth-Century Oregon
by Wendi A. Lindquist

Death and Oregon’s Settler Generation: Connecting Parricide, Agricultural Decline, and Dying Pioneers at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
by Peter Boag

Killing Narcissa: Race, Gender, and Violence in Recreations of the Whitman Incident
by Chelsea K. Vaughn

Four Deaths: The Near Destruction of Western Oregon Tribes and Native Lifeways, Removal to the Reservation, and Erasure from History
by David G. Lewis

A Reflection on Genocide in Southwest Oregon in Honor of George Bundy Wasson, Jr.
by Gray H. Whaley

How the West Was Lost: Reflections on Death and the Settling and Unsettling of Oregon
by Jennifer Karson Engum

Dislodging Oregon's History from its Mythical Mooring: Reflections on Death and the Settling and Unsettling of Oregon
by Melinda Marie Jetté 


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


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