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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Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women’s Voting Rights and the 19th Amendment

This original exhibit connects Oregon history to the national history of woman suffrage and commemorates the bravery of the women (and men) who demanded the vote and used their rights to shape our nation and our world.

March 14, 2020 – December 5, 2021

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Woven Together: Klamath Tribes Basketry from Sam and Becky Johnson

This exhibit highlights the artistry and resilience of the Klamath Tribes of southern Oregon through their basketry and woven traditions. The baskets on display were collected by Senator Sam Johnson and his family and were recently donated...

September 22, 2021 – January 30, 2022

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Ed Quigley: Cowboy Artist

Edward “Ed” Burns Quigley was noted for his iconic depictions of the American West. Through his paintings and sculptures, Quigley captured disappearing ways of life in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-twentieth-century, including great...

September 3, 2021 – January 23, 2022

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Experience Oregon

Visitors of all ages, and from all parts of the world, come to the Oregon Historical Society each year to learn about Oregon. Whether you were born here, have chosen to make this place home, or are just passing through, it is undeniable...

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An Evening with Yamiche Alcindor

PBS NewsHour White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor kicks off the 2022 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture...


Virtual Program

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The Oystermen

Oysters are unusual little creatures, and they’ve played a distinctive role in Pacific Northwest history.


OPB-TV

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State of Jefferson

Anyone living in Southern Oregon or Northern California is probably also a resident of the State of...


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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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Library

Research and Library

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.

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...

FROM THE OHS BLOG

Tales from the Oral History Collections: Dorothy H. Thornton

This blog post highlights an excerpt from an interview with Dorothy H. Thornton about her father’s role...

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From our Executive Director and Board President

Oregon Historical Society Statement on Racial Justice and Equality

In these turbulent and hopeful times, the Oregon Historical Society recommits itself to being a valuable...

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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.