Protecting Our State's Cultural Legacy

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Many Shades of Being Darcelle:  52 Years of Fashion, 1967 – 2019

Portland’s own Darcelle XV (the stage name of Walter Cole) has been headlining the Darcelle XV Showplace since 1973. This first-ever exhibit features several of Darcelle’s more than 1,500 extravagant costumes spanning over 50 years, often...

August 30 – November 3, 2019

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Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!

Curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four Exhibits, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! brings us back to the early ‘60s when rock & roll was re-energized—some say saved—by four lads from Liverpool. This exhibit covers the period from early...

May 10 – November 12, 2019

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Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II

In the years leading up to World War II, racial segregation and discrimination were part of daily life for many in the United States. For most African Americans, even the most basic rights and services were fragmented or denied altogether....

July 12, 2019 – January 12, 2020

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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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The All American Toy Company: An Oregon Original

For generations, the All American Toy Company has captured the interest of children and adults alike. Beginning in 1947 with its first release of the Timber Toter, a logging truck, the company’s lineup included a series of vehicles that...

September 10, 2019 – January 26, 2020

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The Immigrant Story Live

The Immigrant Story LiveStories have power. The Immigrant Story (TIS), believes the most important...


Beaverton Library Auditorium

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Family Day: Fall Festival

Celebrate the return of fall with a family festival of performances by local music groups and dance...


Oregon Historical Society

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Catch and Release: An Oregon Life in Politics

In 1974, at the age of thirty-two, Les AuCoin became the first Democrat to win a U.S. House seat in...


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Beyond Chinatown: Uncovering Oregon’s Rural Chinese History

This talk will highlight the recent archaeological work and findings of the Oregon Chinese Diaspora...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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A History of the Mazamas and Mountaineering in the Pacific Northwest

Join us for a glass lantern slide show that will speak broadly on the history of the Mazamas,...


St. Helens Public Library at the Columbia Center

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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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Research and Library

Davies Family Research Library's collections encompass library and archival materials, including books, serials, newspapers, oral histories, manuscripts, government documents, genealogical and biographical material, photographs, film, and maps.

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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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Look at What He Did! A Behind the Scenes Look at the Many Shades of Being Darcelle

For many, Walter Cole’s female stage persona, Darcelle XV, is an in Portland, Oregon. Since 1973,...

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Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

For over 20 years, the Oregon Historical Society has presented the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series,...


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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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.