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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Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women’s Voting Rights and the 19th Amendment

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, 2021

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We are the Rose City! A History of Soccer in Portland

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, 2021

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I Am My Story: Voices of Hope

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, 2021

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The Portland Clinic: A Century of Delivering Health Care to the Community

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, 2021

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area: Shaping Brilliant Futures for 75 Years

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, 2021

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Portland Noir

From shanghaied sailors to opium dens, Portland’s illicit past is legendary. But how much of it is...


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Streetcar City

Oregon once had one of the country's most extensive streetcar systems in the country. Streetcars provided


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Kam Wah Chung

In the late 1800s, thousands of Chinese miners came to Eastern Oregon in search of gold. Among them were


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A Cuisine of Our Own

From Razor clam souffle’ to her famous currant teacakes — Mary Beard loved to cook, and always with the...


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Untrodden Ground: George Washington’s Invention of the American Presidency

Douglas Bradburn, president and CEO of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, will speak on the visionary...


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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

Palmer Award 2021

The “Oregon Historical Quarterly” announces the winning article and honorable mentions of the 2021 Joel...

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From our Executive Director and Board President

Oregon Historical Society Statement on Racial Justice and Equality

In these turbulent and hopeful times, the Oregon Historical Society recommits itself to being a valuable...

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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.