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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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Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit

Inspired by the Japanese concept of gambatte — to triumph over adversity — this exhibition features modern and historic photographs to present an intimate exploration of the lasting effect that the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans

May 27 – August 7, 2022

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Freeze the Day! A History of Winter Sports in Oregon

This original exhibition celebrates the history of outdoor recreation in Oregon, sharing stories that illustrate the emotional draw of winter sports, highlighting champion athletes and innovators, and honoring Oregon’s natural resources and

December 3, 2021 – July 17, 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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Mark O. Hatfield Centennial Celebration

Celebrate Senator Mark O. Hatfield’s 100th birthday with guest speakers, root beer floats, and free...


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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 are invited to visit the Japanese American...


Various Locations

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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...

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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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“It’s Not Over”: Developing an OHS Exhibition Documenting Forty Years of HIV/AIDS in Oregon

“It’s Not Over”: Developing an OHS Exhibition Documenting Forty Years of HIV/AIDS in Oregon

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HISTORY NEAR YOU

OHQ on the Road

Learn about the scholarship published in the “Chinese Diaspora in Oregon” special issue of OHQ through...

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