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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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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Harnessing the Power of Photography: Selections from the OHS Portland General Electric Collections, 1895-1979

The photographs in this exhibit show how Portland General Electric (PGE) used photography to promote its business over a span of more than 85 years. The images, all taken from the OHS Research Library, address the way in which PGE used...

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Portland: A Lot of People Have Lived Here

Call it the Clearing, Stumptown, City of Roses, P-Town, PDX, Ripcity, Bridgetown, or Little Beirut—Portland answers to them all. The city sits on the Willamette River, both sleepy and overwrought, dominating Oregon in population and voting...

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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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“A Symbol of Home”: The Environmental and Political Legacy of Tom McCall in Oregon

Famous for his forceful language and political skill, Governor Tom McCall has remained the name and face of Oregon’s remarkable legacy of environmental lawmaking. His environmental efforts were not the earliest in the state, nor were his...

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Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas is the author of ten books including New York Times bestsellers Being Nixon, John Paul Jones,


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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About Who Killed Chief Paulina? The Violent Life and Mysterious Death of a Paiute Warrior

This presentation will be an investigation into the life and times of Chief Paulina, a Northern Paiute...


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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We Go Up: A History of Mountaineering and the Mazamas (Ft. Vancouver)

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


Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site

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Shipwrecks, Legends, and Lost Treasures – Historical Archaeology on the Pacific Coast

The north Oregon coast abounds with tales of mysterious shipwrecks, lost castaways, pirates, and sailing...


McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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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...

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Museum of My Stuff

When access to the Oregon Historical Society museum collections were restricted due to a global pandemic,

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Library Closure/Renovation

Research Library Renovation

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library is embarking on an extensive renovation this year that...

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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.