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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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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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 – December 8, 2019

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Norma Bassett Hall: Color Block Prints in Oregon Collections

Norma Bassett Hall was born in Halsey, Oregon, in 1888. Just eighteen years later, she entered the School of the Portland Art Association in its first year, and by 1929, had achieved national recognition for her art. Yet, with her local...

September 20, 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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Grounded in This Place: A Deep History of Latino Activism in Oregon

The deep history of Latinos in Oregon begins in the early nineteenth century, when the current southern...


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Northeast Portland: Past, Present and Future

Using early maps, documents, photos and newspaper accounts as well as memories he’s collected from past...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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Lost Ski Areas of Oregon

Join us for a statewide review of alpine ski areas that have come and gone, including Taft Mountain, Sky...


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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Museum Store Sunday

Shop with a purpose and support the Oregon Historical Society during Museum Store Sunday! For one day...


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Holiday Cheer

For over 50 years, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated the literary talents of Oregonians at...


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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 resources that document significant people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon’s history, the Oregon Historical Society is an invaluable destination for researchers. Our resources include the OHS Research Library, the Oregon Historical Quarterly, and online...

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

Indexing the Oregon Story: Providing Access to Library “Gold”

OHS oral history indexers Cynthia Lopez and Sara Paulson began working on indexing some of the 212 oral...

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Library Closure/Renovation

Research Library Renovation

Preparations are already underway to transform the OHS Research Library into a welcoming and fully...

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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.