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
We are the Rose City! explores the history of professional soccer in Portland and the cultural context of the game. From the athletes to the fans, this original exhibit chronicles the many milestones that have shaped “Soccer City.”
July 24, 2020 – September 26, 2021Learn More
An original exhibition designed by The Immigrant Story in collaboration with photographer Jim Lommassen, “I Am My Story” highlights the real-life stories of six young women from Africa who have made their homes in Oregon.
May 14 – August 22, 2021Learn More
This exhibit celebrates the first century of The Portland Clinic, founded in 1921, as it continues to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community.
April 23 – October 10, 2021Learn More
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area (BGCP). This anniversary exhibit highlights the diversity of programming and communities served and shares how BGCP ensures that all youth, especially...
June 15 – August 15, 2021Learn More
From shanghaied sailors to opium dens, Portland’s illicit past is legendary. But how much of it is...
Oregon once had one of the country's most extensive streetcar systems in the country. Streetcars provided
In the late 1800s, thousands of Chinese miners came to Eastern Oregon in search of gold. Among them were
From Razor clam souffle’ to her famous currant teacakes — Mary Beard loved to cook, and always with the...
Douglas Bradburn, president and CEO of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, will speak on the visionary...
With collections and scholarship documenting the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon’s history, the OHS Research Library and the Oregon Historical Quarterly are invaluable resources for researchers. We invite you to explore the world’s largest collection of...
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 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.