Curriculum

The Oregon Historical Society offers a wealth of resources to support educators in teaching Oregon history in meaningful ways. Through curriculum that aligns with state standards, students engage with history so they may understand their present and inform their futures. Inspired by OHS’s permanent and rotating exhibitions, our curriculum highlights various themes in Oregon and national history through guided inquiry of objects as well as primary and secondary sources. OHS also offers a wide range of professional development opportunities to help educators apply our curriculum in the classroom.

The majority of our curriculum is designed for grade 3 and above, although the lesson plans, resources, and themes can be scalable for younger grades. The Experience Oregon curriculum includes units for kindergarten and grades 1 and 2. Museum field trips are encouraged as they allow students to explore history in an immersive and fun environment, but all OHS curriculum can be used without a field trip.

Experience Oregon Curriculum

Curriculum for the Oregon Historical Society’s (OHS) core Oregon history exhibition, Experience Oregon, aligns with state and national standards. All classes can use this curriculum, regardless of whether they physically visit the exhibit. OHS offers units for kindergarten and grades 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12; each unit includes both pre- and post-visit lesson plans.

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Nevertheless, They Persisted Curriculum

Designed for middle and high school students, the Nevertheless, They Persisted curriculum includes lessons that connect women’s rights to the broader context of civil rights, citizenship, and equality. Educators can use the curriculum with or without a museum visit.

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Racing to Change Curriculum

Curriculum for the Oregon Black Pioneer’s exhibition, “Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years.”

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Windows on America Curriculum

Curriculum for the Oregon Historical Society’s “Windows on America: The Challenges of Presidential Leadership” exhibition.

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Tom McCall: A Better Oregon

A multi-disciplinary, service-learning curriculum focused on Governor Tom McCall’s legacy to Oregon citizens. By learning about Tom McCall, students gain knowledge, skills and commitment to act boldly and responsibly in civic matters. The curriculum is designed to involve young people in decisions and actions that will create “a better Oregon”.

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Women & the American Story

This free curriculum guide from the New-York Historical Society connects educators with tools to teach diverse women’s contributions to American history.

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