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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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Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844–2012

American political posters have historically hidden in plain sight, intended to capture attention, and votes, through visual language. This exhibition explores the design trends and evolving styles of this persuasive art form through some...

September 1 – November 30, 2022

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A Walk in the Park: Historic Images of Oregon State Parks

Featuring photographs from OHS’s research library collections, this exhibition provides a historic look at Oregon State Parks over its 100-year history.

June 3 – October 16, 2022

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A Century of Wonder: 100 Years of Oregon State Parks

In celebration of the centennial of Oregon State Parks, OHS commissioned photographer Peter Marbach to document the beauty and geographic diversity of many of Oregon’s 254 state parks. These contemporary photographs show how the park system

May 13 – October 16, 2022

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2022 History Makers Awards Ceremony Livestream

Watch the 2022 History Makers awards ceremony, recognizing the accomplishments of Margaret Carter, Sid...


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Thirty Years After No on 9: A Panel Discussion

Join the Eugene Lesbian History Project and the Oregon Historical Society for a public program on the...


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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Join us for the kick-off to the 2023 Hatfield Lecture Series with presidential historian and bestselling...


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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Behind the Scenes of History: An Evening with David Hume Kennerly

Join Oregon History Maker and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly on a tour through...


Patricia Reser Center for the Arts

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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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OHQ on the Road: Connecting Chinese History to Places in Oregon

“OHQ on the Road” provided opportunities for conversations about the Chinese people who were integral in...

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Join us for the kick-off to the 2023 Hatfield Lecture Series with presidential historian and bestselling...


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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