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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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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Blanchet House of Hospitality: 70 Years

This exhibit explores the 70-year history of Blanchet House of Hospitality, a nonprofit organization that works to address homelessness in the Portland area.

March 4 – June 5, 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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Vanport Mosaic Festival 2022

2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the building of Vanport, once Oregon’s second largest city, and the...


Multiple locations

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Annual Meeting of the Membership

Join us for a chance to hear from Kerry Tymchuk, OHS Boyle Family Executive Director, and members of the...


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Oregon’s Early Chinese American History and Portland’s Louie Chung

Louie Chung immigrated to Oregon 1892 and worked as a contract laborer before becoming a wealthy Portland


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Thirty-Six Years on Capitol Hill: A Conversation with Congressman Peter DeFazio

When Peter DeFazio retires from the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2023, he will do so as the...


First Congregational Church

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Pioneering Death: The Violence of Boyhood in Turn-of-the-Century Oregon

Join author Peter Boag as he examines an 1895 murder in Brownsville, Oregon, as a reflection of the...


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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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Library

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...

From the OHS Blog

Discovering Local History in a Science Unit: Using OHS’s Digital History Resources

Students at the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science in Portland, Oregon, created posters that...

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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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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.