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.
This original exhibition celebrates the history of outdoor recreation in Oregon, sharing stories that illustrate the emotional draw of winter sports, highlighting champion athletes and innovators, and honoring Oregon’s natural resources and
December 3, 2021 – July 17, 2022Learn More
This traveling exhibit highlights the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics Oregon.
February 25 – May 22, 2022Learn More
This exhibit explores the 70-year history of Blanchet House of Hospitality, a nonprofit organization that works to address homelessness in the Portland area.
March 4 – June 5, 2022Learn More
In celebration of the centennial of Oregon State Parks, OHS commissioned photographer Peter Marbach to document the beauty and geographic diversity of many of Oregon’s 254 state parks. These contemporary photographs show how the park system
May 13 – October 16, 2022Learn More
This presentation and panel discussion on a recently re-discovered early twentieth century Chinese...
2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the building of Vanport, once Oregon’s second largest city, and the...
In "Northern Paiutes of the Malheur," author David H. Wilson, Jr., exposes the full jarring injustice...
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The Oregon Historical Society’s research library and the “Oregon Historical Quarterly” preserve and provide access to collections and scholarship documenting the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon’s history.
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...
From the OHS Blog
Lawyer and judge Noreen Saltveit McGraw describes defending train robber Hugh DeAutremont, over thirty...
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.