Protecting Our State's Cultural Legacy

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.

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Greatest Photographs of the American West

Featuring 75 iconic and rare photographs, National Geographic’s Greatest Photographs of the American West chronicles the epic history and grandeur of the region.

January 18 – April 21, 2020

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DREAMs Deferred

Through short-form narratives, object stories, and vivid photography, this exhibition amplifies the voices of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and South American who came to the United States as children or young adults.

January 10 – April 12, 2020

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Norma Bassett Hall: Color Block Prints in Oregon Collections

Norma Bassett Hall was born in Halsey, Oregon, in 1888. Just eighteen years later, she entered the School of the Portland Art Association in its first year, and by 1929, had achieved national recognition for her art. Yet, with her local...

September 20, 2019 – March 15, 2020

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Flaxen: From Flax to Linen in the Willamette Valley, Oregon

Reproductions of hand-tinted glass lantern slides from the early 1930s document how flax was grown and processed to make fabric. The slides from the Oregon Historical Society’s Portland Public School (PPS) Collection were shown to...

October 8, 2019 – March 31, 2020

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The All American Toy Company: An Oregon Original

For generations, the All American Toy Company has captured the interest of children and adults alike. Beginning in 1947 with its first release of the Timber Toter, a logging truck, the company’s lineup included a series of vehicles that...

September 10, 2019 – January 26, 2020

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Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade and Celebration

Usher in the Year of the Rat in Old Town Portland! Drummers, dancing lions, and a 150-foot dragon will...


Parade begins at 315 NW Davis Street and ends at the Oregon Historical Society

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The Making of “The General”—Buster Keaton’s Masterpiece

In the summer of 1926, one of the greatest silent films of all time, Buster Keaton’s The General, was...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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From Frontier Newspapering to the Digital Age: One Oregon Family’s Odyssey

Join us to discover how the modern-day EO Media Group evolved from a weekly newspaper established in...


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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Celilo Collaborations: Sharing the Stories of a Place and Its People

Following World War II, large dams, highway widening, and federal policies of termination and relocation...


Oregon Historical Society

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A History of the Mazamas and Mountaineering in the Pacific Northwest (Portland)

Join us for a glass lantern slide show that will speak broadly on the history of the Mazamas,...


Mazama Mountaineering Center

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Oregon Historical Quarterly

The Journal of Record for Oregon History

The Oregon Historical Quarterly is a scholarly asset and a public resource that is dedicated to putting the power of history into everyone’s hands and to advancing knowledge in all corners of the...

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Research and Library

With resources that document significant people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon’s history, the Oregon Historical Society is an invaluable destination for researchers. Our resources include the OHS Research Library, the Oregon Historical Quarterly, and online...

Digital History

Digital History Projects

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...

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Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

For over 20 years, the Oregon Historical Society has presented the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series,...

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Library Closure/Renovation

Research Library Renovation

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library is embarking on an extensive renovation this year that...

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Venue Rental

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.