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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It’s Not Over: Forty Years of HIV/AIDS in Oregon

Nationwide, HIV/AIDS killed more than 700,000 Americans between 1981 and 2021; 4,613 of them lived in Oregon. This exhibit explores the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Oregon with a focus on the work of Cascade AIDS Project and Our...

June 10 – August 14, 2022

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A Walk in the Park: Historic Images of Oregon State Parks

Featuring photographs from OHS’s research library collections, this exhibition provides a historic look at Oregon State Parks over its 100-year history.

June 3 – October 16, 2022

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A Century of Wonder: 100 Years of Oregon State Parks

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, 2022

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Summer Sales Spectacular

Visit the OHS Museum Store July 24 through August 28 to snag some great deals during our annual Summer...


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Free Admission Weeks for Educators at Portland Cultural Attractions

During the weeks of July 25–31 and August 8–14, educators can visit the Japanese American Museum of...


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A Century of Wonder: 100 Years of Oregon State Parks Gallery Tour

Join photographer Peter Marbach for a free public gallery tour of “A Century of Wonder: 100 Years of...


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All About Access: Exploring OHS Collections Online

Join Digital Collections Manager Mathieu Deschaine and Deputy Museum Director Nicole Yasuhara to learn...


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Historians and the News: Keisha N. Blain

Dr. Blain and Dr. Nichols will discuss the histories of racism and Black women’s civil rights leadership...


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Oregon Historical Quarterly

The Journal of Record for Oregon History

The Oregon Historical Quarterly publishes well-researched, well-written history about Oregon and the Pacific Northwest and is enjoyed by scholars and general readers.

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Research and Library

The Oregon Historical Society’s research library is an invaluable resource for learning about the past and providing context on the present. Visitors can enjoy broad access to the world’s largest collection of Oregon-related materials, both in the library’s newly renovated...

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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Senator Mark O. Hatfield Oral History Series: Now on OHS Digital Collections

Mark O. Hatfield’s staff and interns recall stories about their time working for the U.S. senator in...

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Join us for the kick-off to the 2023 Hatfield Lecture Series with presidential historian and bestselling...


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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