Exhibit Information

Curriculum and Resources for Educators

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) provides educational access to our exhibitions through in person school tours and digital curriculum. Our trained docents lead tours of our permanent and rotating exhibits that include hands-on use of artifacts and learning tools to meet specific Oregon Social Science Standards. All Oregon school groups are free and assistance for bus cost is available.


OHS also offers compelling inquiry-based and object-based curriculum for teachers in grades K-12. OHS curriculum is exhibit-based and museum field trips are encouraged as they allow students to explore history in an immersive and fun environment; however, OHS designs all curriculum to work well on its own without the field trip component. All OHS curriculum involves students in the study of history so they may understand their present and inform their futures.

Permanent Exhibits

Experience Oregon

Visitors of all ages, and from all parts of the world, come to the Oregon Historical Society each year to learn about Oregon. Whether you were...

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Educator Resources

History Hub

History Hub is an exhibit where Oregon’s youth, students, and families can explore the topic of diversity through fun, hands-on interactives,...

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Oregon Voices

Oregon Voices examines some of the important people, events, and ideas that have shaped the state in the modern era, from the end of World War II

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Current Exhibits

Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women’s Voting Rights and the 19th Amendment

This original exhibit connects Oregon history to the national history of woman suffrage and commemorates the bravery of the women (and men) who...

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We are the Rose City! A History of Soccer in Portland

We are the Rose City! explores the history of professional soccer in Portland and the cultural context of the game. From the athletes to the...

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The Carvings of Hallie Heacock

The Carvings of Hallie Heacock features a sample of the wood and ivory carvings by local artist Hallie Heacock.

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Upcoming Exhibits

Online Exhibits

Windows on America

From June 2013 through February 2014, the Oregon Historical Society was proud to showcase Windows on America, the first ever public display of...

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Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

From January through June 2018, the Oregon Historical Society was proud to host Racing to Change, presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers. Now,...

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The View From Here

Photographer James Foley captures his adopted home of Oregon in this online exhibit featuring the shores of the Pacific, the High Desert of...

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Lost Portland

At the turn of the 19th century, Portland was still the metropolis of the Pacific Northwest, and its buildings reflected a sense of urban...

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“A Symbol of Home”: The Environmental and Political Legacy of Tom McCall in Oregon

Famous for his forceful language and political skill, Governor Tom McCall has remained the name and face of Oregon’s remarkable legacy of...

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The Fred Meyer Story

In many ways, the story of Fred G. Meyer and Fred Meyer, Inc. mirrors the story of the expansion and development of the city of Portland from a...

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The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

The people of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde represent almost thirty different tribes and bands that the U.S. government removed to the...

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Mirror on the Modern Woman: Selected Images from the Oregon Journal, 1927–1932

The 1920s heralded the era of the Modern Woman, a more adventurous and independent type open to new possibilities. The new exhibit Mirror on the...

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Portland: A Lot of People Have Lived Here

Call it the Clearing, Stumptown, City of Roses, P-Town, PDX, Ripcity, Bridgetown, or Little Beirut—Portland answers to them all. The city sits on

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Frames Per Second: Selections from the OHS 16mm News Film Collection, 1969-1981

The images in this exhibit are scans from the KOIN and KPTV 16mm news film collections held at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) Research...

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Harnessing the Power of Photography: Selections from the OHS Portland General Electric Collections, 1895-1979

The photographs in this exhibit show how Portland General Electric (PGE) used photography to promote its business over a span of more than 85...

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Flaxen: From Flax to Linen in the Willamette Valley, Oregon

Reproductions of hand-tinted glass lantern slides from the early 1930s document how flax was grown and processed to make fabric. The slides from

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We Have Work To Do!

Pre-School – Kindergarten
Accommodates up to 20 students
Duration: 45 min.

Learn about tasks that travelers on the Oregon Trail performed and the many different jobs that Oregon’s Indians had and do. You will have the opportunity to look at artifacts, touch objects and listen to a story.