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.
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 – August 15, 2021Learn More
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, 2021Learn More
Through short-form narratives, object stories, and vivid photography, this exhibition amplifies the voices of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and South American who came to the United States as children or young adults.
January 10 – October 11, 2020Learn More
Deep Blue: From National Wonder to National Park is a photographic exhibit featuring the work of several photographers who focused their lenses on the immense beauty of Crater Lake.
August 12 – November 15, 2020Learn More
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
Portland's Charles Erskine Scott Wood and his lover Sara Bard Field stood in the thick of a grand cast of
Please join us for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Membership for a chance to hear about the work of OHS...
This discussion between nationally renowned historians Dr. Erika Lee and Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research...
Virtual program via Zoom.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s bestseller “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim
Virtual program via Zoom
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...
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
In this second post of the #ChalkTheVoteOR campaign, the Oregon Historical Society share educational...
From our Executive Director and Board President
In these turbulent and hopeful times, the Oregon Historical Society recommits itself to being a valuable...
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.