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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Freeze the Day! A History of Winter Sports in Oregon

This original exhibition celebrates the history of outdoor recreation in Oregon, sharing stories that illustrate the emotional draw of winter sports, highlighting champion athletes and innovators, and honoring Oregon’s natural resources and

December 3, 2021 – July 17, 2022

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Brave in the Attempt: Celebrating 50 years of Special Olympics Oregon

This traveling exhibit highlights the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics Oregon.

February 25 – May 22, 2022

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Blanchet House of Hospitality: 70 Years

This exhibit explores the 70-year history of Blanchet House of Hospitality, a nonprofit organization that works to address homelessness in the Portland area.

March 4 – June 5, 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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Longevity: The Archaeology of a Chinese Business in Eugene's Market District

This presentation and panel discussion on a recently re-discovered early twentieth century Chinese...


Museum of Natural and Cultural History

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Vanport Mosaic Festival 2022

2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the building of Vanport, once Oregon’s second largest city, and the...


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Northern Paiutes of the Malheur: High Desert Reckoning in Oregon Country

In "Northern Paiutes of the Malheur," author David H. Wilson, Jr., exposes the full jarring injustice...


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Annual Meeting of the Membership

Join us for a chance to hear from Kerry Tymchuk, OHS Boyle Family Executive Director, and members of the...


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Oregon’s Early Chinese American History and Portland’s Louie Chung

Louie Chung immigrated to Oregon 1892 and worked as a contract laborer before becoming a wealthy Portland


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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

The Oregon Historical Society’s research library and the “Oregon Historical Quarterly” preserve and provide access to collections and scholarship documenting the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon’s history.

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

Tales from the Oral History Collections: Noreen Saltveit McGraw

Lawyer and judge Noreen Saltveit McGraw describes defending train robber Hugh DeAutremont, over thirty...

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SHARE YOUR MEMORIES OF THE BLAZERS BROADCASTER

Honoring Bill Schonely

The Oregon Historical Society is inviting individuals to express their appreciation for Bill Schonely,...

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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.