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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Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

From January through June 2018, the Oregon Historical Society was proud to host Racing to Change, presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers. Now, thanks to our partnership with Visiting Media, students and history enthusiasts across Oregon and

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The View From Here

Photographer James Foley captures his adopted home of Oregon in this online exhibit featuring the shores of the Pacific, the High Desert of central Oregon, and the Portland skyline.

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Flaxen: From Flax to Linen in the Willamette Valley, Oregon

Reproductions of hand-tinted glass lantern slides from the early 1930s document how flax was grown and processed to make fabric. The slides from the Oregon Historical Society’s Portland Public School (PPS) Collection were shown to...

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Frames Per Second: Selections from the OHS 16mm News Film Collection, 1969-1981

The images in this exhibit are scans from the KOIN and KPTV 16mm news film collections held at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) Research Library. Every three frames of 16mm film represents 1/8 of a second — or just faster than the blink...

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The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

The people of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde represent almost thirty different tribes and bands that the U.S. government removed to the Grand Ronde Reservation in the nineteenth century. The history of the reservation—and how so...

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The Obscure Oregonian Who Changed American Presidential History

One hundred years ago, in June 1920, a Portland attorney travelled to Chicago, stood on a chair, and made


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Oregon’s New Deal Legacy

Oregonians were hit hard when the Depression struck in 1929 and didn't realize much relief until 1933....


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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Erika Lee

One of the nation’s leading immigration and Asian American historians, Erika Lee is the author of four...


Keller Auditorium

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The Surprising Movement for Woman Suffrage

Ellen Carol DuBois will provide a fresh reexamination of the long and determined battle for women's right


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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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Library

Research and Library

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...

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

Tales from the Oral History Collections: Mercedes Deiz

In this Tales from the OHS Oral History Collections, Oral History Librarian Sarah Stroman unearths a...

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Free Oregon Historical Quarterly Article

Expectation and Exclusion: An Introduction to Whiteness, White Supremacy, and Resistance in Oregon

In this introduction to the Oregon Historical Quarterly’s Winter 2019 special issue on the history of...

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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.