FORWARD! Campaign

In 2016, we celebrated our 50th year in our beautiful building on Portland's Park Blocks. Today, we stand at a critical juncture in our story.

Sustaining and growing the Oregon Historical Society requires not only stewardship but also imagination and an investment in our physical and technological infrastructure. To be among the nation's greatest historical institutions, we must embrace the latest scholarship, state of the art preservation methods, and the ways technology can advance our mission.

Together, we can create an enduring future for Oregon’s history and exponentially expand our ability to educate the next generations about all the people, places, and events that shaped Oregon.

The FORWARD! Campaign focuses on four important goals for the long-term benefit of this treasured institution:

A new and inclusive exhibit on Oregon's early history to serve tens of thousands of Oregon's children, families, and visitors of all ages (remaking the entire 3rd floor);

A renovated library to better serve visitors, staff, and our collections;

A Digital Vault to preserve our fragile history (like film and negatives) and to provide worldwide access to our priceless collections; and,

Endowments to secure these achievements into the future.

To Evolve 

An Inclusive Oregon History Exhibition

Build a new permanent exhibition incorporating new interactive techniques and the best scholarship on Oregon's diverse and complex history. This will be the heart and soul of our museum and the place where thousands of children come to learn our state's history each year.

To Serve 

A Research Library to Serve Oregon

Renovate the Research Library to create an inspirational workspace that is worthy of the collections it shelters and is a productive and comfortable space to better serve visitors, staff, and volunteers.

To Innovate 

Statewide Access to Collections

Develop and launch a Digital Vault to preserve our most fragile collections and enable us to provide worldwide access through our Digital Collections website. School children, writers, filmmakers, scholars, and explorers of every kind will be able to search our collections and examine documents and photographs remotely.

To Safeguard 

Endowing Positions of Excellence

Endow core programs and key positions to safeguard against unpredictable swings in public or private resources and to deliver new and exciting work every year. We seek contributions to name or make investments in the Executive Director's Endowment for Leadership Excellence ($2 million), Director of Library Collections ($1 million), Digital Archivist ($1 million), Curator of Artifact Collections ($1 million), and Oral History Collections ($500,000).