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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Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II

In the years leading up to World War II, racial segregation and discrimination were part of daily life for many in the United States. For most African Americans, even the most basic rights and services were fragmented or denied altogether....

July 12, 2019 – January 12, 2020

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Many Shades of Being Darcelle: 52 Years of Fashion, 1967 – 2019

Portland’s own Darcelle XV (the stage name of Walter Cole) has been headlining the Darcelle XV Showplace since 1973. This first-ever exhibit features several of Darcelle’s more than 1,500 extravagant costumes spanning over 50 years, often...

August 30 – December 8, 2019

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Wild About Dance: Oregon Ballet  Theatre Celebrates 30 Years

Oregon Ballet Theatre enriches the community with beautiful, exhilarating, and athletic dance. This exhibit celebrates Oregon Ballet Theatre’s (OBT) first 30 years with vibrant film footage and photographs, costumes, and theatrical...

August 2 – December 15, 2019

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Meier and Frank Santaland

Generations of Oregonians have fond memories of the downtown Portland Meier & Frank department store’s Santaland. A ride on the iconic Monorail and a chance to sit on Santa’s lap became a Christmas tradition for many families. Following the

December 6, 2019 – January 3, 2020

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The All American Toy Company: An Oregon Original

For generations, the All American Toy Company has captured the interest of children and adults alike. Beginning in 1947 with its first release of the Timber Toter, a logging truck, the company’s lineup included a series of vehicles that...

September 10, 2019 – January 26, 2020

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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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Santa Visits Santaland December 8

Santa Claus will be landing his sleigh in Santaland this month at the Oregon Historical Society! All are...


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Santa Visits Santaland December 14

Santa Claus will be landing his sleigh in Santaland this month at the Oregon Historical Society! All are...


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Family Day: Winter Dance Celebration

Join us for a dance-inspired Family Day event celebrating the exhibit, Wild About Dance: Oregon Ballet...


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Santa Visits Santaland December 21

Santa Claus will be landing his sleigh in Santaland this month at the Oregon Historical Society! All are...


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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 resources that document significant people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon’s history, the Oregon Historical Society is an invaluable destination for researchers. Our resources include the OHS Research Library, the Oregon Historical Quarterly, and online...

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

Brains, Skill, and Butter: Sample a Feast of History in Century-old Cookbooks

Peruse cookbooks of yore in the OHS Research Library, and you'll encounter dishes that inspire reactions...

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Library Closure/Renovation

Research Library Renovation

Preparations are already underway to transform the OHS Research Library into a welcoming and fully...

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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.