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 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, 2021Learn More
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, 2022Learn More
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, 2022Learn More
PBS NewsHour White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor kicks off the 2022 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture...
Oysters are unusual little creatures, and they’ve played a distinctive role in Pacific Northwest history.
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
This blog post highlights an excerpt from an interview with Dorothy H. Thornton about her father’s role...
From our Executive Director and Board President
In these turbulent and hopeful times, the Oregon Historical Society recommits itself to being a valuable...
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.