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Motown: The Sound of Young America

Curated by the GRAMMY Museum®, this exhibition traces the evolution of the Motown label, focusing on its major artists and musical achievements, and explores how the sound of Motown continues to influence some of pop music’s most important...

September 23, 2022 – March 26, 2023

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I Am An American: Stories of Exclusion and Belonging

Amidst a rise of xenophobia and cultural erasure, The Immigrant Story presents an exhibition that explores the different facets of Asian American experiences through portraiture and accompanying narratives created in partnership with...

August 26, 2022 – January 8, 2023

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The Odyssey of the Historic Jantzen Beach Carousel: From Leavenworth, Kansas, to Portland, Oregon, 1921–2022

This exhibition traces the Jantzen Beach Carousel’s journey from C. W. Parker’s Leavenworth, Kansas, factory to Portland, Oregon. Since 2017, it has been in the care of Restore Oregon, a nonprofit organization. This joyful display includes...

November 18, 2022 – April 30, 2023

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Meier and Frank Santaland

Visit Santaland, a nostalgic vignette featuring items from the original Meier & Frank Santaland including Rudolph, animatronic elves, holiday decor, a model of the famous monorail, and new additions on display at OHS for the first time!

December 2, 2022 – January 2, 2023

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Main Streets: Wesley Andrews Photo Postcards

Main streets are familiar yet distinctive to their time and place. This exhibit, using photographs from the Wesley Andrews postcard collection preserved in OHS’s research library, captures both the homogeneity and uniqueness of main streets

October 26, 2022 – April 30, 2023

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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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Minidoka Swing Band Concert

Hear the Minidoka Swing Band perform a free concert at OHS on Pearl Harbor Day. The Minidoka Swing Band...


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Using Primary Sources to Teach Ethnic Studies and Black Histories and Geographies

This workshop from the Center for Geography Education in Oregon and its partners will explore BIPOC...


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“Brakeen v. Haaland” and the Indian Child Welfare Act

Erin Daugherty Lynch and Beth Wright will offer historical context on the Indian Child Welfare Act and...


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The Journal of Record for Oregon History

The Oregon Historical Quarterly publishes well-researched, well-written history about Oregon and the Pacific Northwest and is enjoyed by scholars and general readers.

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Research and Library

The Oregon Historical Society’s research library is an invaluable resource for learning about the past and providing context on the present. Visitors can enjoy broad access to the world’s largest collection of Oregon-related materials, both in the library’s newly renovated...

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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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Tales from the Oral History Collection: Ann M. Bohrer

Ann M. Bohrer, an aviator during the 1920s and 1930s and likely the first woman to parachute jump in...

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Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

For twenty-five years, the Oregon Historical Society’s Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series has hosted the...


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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