Oregon Historical Society Unveils New 7,000 Square Foot Permanent Exhibit, Experience Oregon, February 14
February 4, 2019
Visitors of all ages, and from all parts of the world, come to the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) each year to learn about Oregon. Whether you were born here, have chosen to make this place home, or are just passing through, it is undeniable that there is something special about this state. From its varied geography to its innovative legislation, Oregon is complex and distinctive, filled with people whose stories are the foundation of the state we see today.
November 27, 2018
Come support a local holiday tradition at the Oregon Historical Society’s 51st annual Holiday Cheer, a festive book sale & literary celebration this Sunday, December 2! Meet over 90 authors and make a dent in your holiday shopping by picking up the perfect personalized gift. Holiday Cheer begins at noon at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) and authors will be signing until 4pm. Admission is free to both the book sale and to visit museum exhibits.
Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer debuts at the Oregon Historical Society October 26
October 19, 2018
The history of beer in Oregon and the passion Oregonians hold for brewing extends back over two hundred years. From the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the nineteenth century European immigrants who established Oregon’s first breweries to the craft brewery revolution centered here today, this delicious hoppy beverage has been a cornerstone of Oregon’s agriculture and economy. Opening at the Oregon Historical Society on October 26, Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer profiles the people, companies, and legislation that have made Oregon the innovative center of craft brewing that it is today.
October 9, 2018
Teddy Roosevelt’s Oregon Roadshow, a week-long performance tour by historical recreator Joe Wiegand, returns Oct. 15-19 to Oregon. The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and Wells Fargo sponsor this annual event, now in its sixth year. Wiegand has entertained and educated people of all ages as he traversed thousands of miles throughout the state. This year he will perform at schools, theatres, and museums in Corvallis, Beaverton, Astoria, Portland, and Springfield. Visit www.ohs.org/teddy to view the complete schedule. Portlanders can see “Teddy” at a special performance on Monday, October 15, at 7pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.
See if you have treasure buried in your closet at the Oregon Historical Society’s annual What’s It Worth? event
August 22, 2018
It is time to fish out your family heirlooms and see if they could be worth a fortune! Local experts will be examining and estimating the value of your art, jewelry, antiques, and more at the Oregon Historical Society’s annual event, What’s It Worth? This Sunday, August 26, from 12pm to 4pm, you could discover if your sentimental knick-knack is actually a valuable collectible! Admission to the event is free, and each item evaluation is $10 (evaluation tickets will be available on Sunday until 3:30pm). All proceeds raised from this special event support the Oregon Historical Society’s mission.
February 19, 2019
By Ken Boddie, KOIN. On Feb. 14, 2019, we celebrated Oregon's 160th birthday. Oregon became a state on Valentine's Day in 1859 and its amazing story is told in an ambitious exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society. The "Experience Oregon" journey starts in a panoramic theater telling Oregon's story -- before and after the pioneers. "It's stories -- dramatic victories and defeats, life and death -- it's the story of people," Oregon Historical Society executive director Kerry Tymchuk said. The $4 million, 7,000-square-foot "Experience Oregon" exhibit features 500 artifacts -- some hundreds of years old -- to tell the story: the good, the bad and the ugly.
February 14, 2019
KATU. February 14th is Oregon’s birthday -- so it's fitting Oregon Historical Society unveils its brand new permanent Experience Oregon exhibit today. Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of Oregon Historical Society, stopped by to tell us all about it.
‘Experience Oregon’ launches on state’s 160th birthday, showcasing ‘good, bad and ugly’ of region’s history
February 14, 2019
By Douglas Perry, The Oregonian/OregonLive. “Oregon was on the edge. Would rock ’n’ roll save it?” The question -- offered up in a cartoon video game that recreates 1970’s Vortex I, the one-of-a-kind, state-sponsored, anti-war rock festival -- is one of the cheekier ones posed in the Oregon Historical Society’s new, $4-million “Experience Oregon” exhibit. The ambitious, 7,000-square-foot permanent installation opens Thursday, Oregon’s 160th birthday. It replaces the beloved “Oregon, My Oregon” exhibit, which had a 14-year run at the museum before closing last year.
February 13, 2019
By Jason Vondersmith, Portland Tribune. The most important permanent exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society — the history of our state, "Experience Oregon" — opens Thursday, Feb. 14, Oregon's 160th birthday, with much fanfare. Throughout the 7,000 square feet of exhibition space, the display pays tribute to first-inhabitant Native Americans, maybe the most crucial aspect organizers want to relate to visitors. "We have a close relationship with nine tribes in Oregon to make sure we're telling their story correctly," says Kerry Tymchuk, OHS executive director. Indeed, it's not just about white people who traversed the Oregon Trail and settled on the land once explored by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. "We work closely with every ethnic population in Oregon," Tymchuk says. "We want all Oregonians to find their story in the exhibit. Our job at the Oregon Historical Society is not to be the tourism bureau, we're here to tell the good, bad and ugly of Oregon, and there's been an ugly history in Oregon with relationship with minorities. We don't varnish the story, it's told accurately."
What's On: The Cuberis Podcast. Episode 11: Jay Cosnett and Erin Brasell of Oregon Historical Society
January 25, 2019
By Nick Faber, Cuberis. My guests today are Jay Cosnett and Erin Brasell from the Oregon Historical Society, and they’re talking with me about their recently-launched blog, Dear Oregon.
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