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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Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!

Curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four Exhibits, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! brings us back to the early ‘60s when rock & roll was re-energized—some say saved—by four lads from Liverpool. This exhibit covers the period from early...

May 10 – November 12, 2019

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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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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 born here, have chosen to make this place home, or are just passing through, it is undeniable...

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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 years. The images, all taken from the OHS Research Library, address the way in which PGE used...

March 1 – September 15, 2019

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On the Edge: An Exhibition by SAQA Oregon Artists

Standing at the edge of the precipice is a precarious position; teetering between defeat and victory, we feel both anxious and exhilarated. We must move forward; there is no turning back or staying on the edge. Studio Art Quilt Associates...

April 26 – August 15, 2019

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Summer Concert with Kristen Grainger and True North

Celebrate our beautiful Oregon summer at a free concert by Kristen Grainger and True North on the Oregon...


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Chinese Tunnels: Myth or Reality?

Today, many communities in the American West, where Chinese people once lived, are rumored to have...


Canyon City Community Center

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May 1887: What Happened?

In May 1887, residents in Lewiston, Idaho, recovered parts of 34 Chinese bodies that had drifted down the


Canyon City Community Center

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Oregon, Indigenous Nations, Manifest Destiny, and the Doctrine of Discovery

The “Doctrine of Discovery” is the international law principle that European nations used to claim most...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down

For over 50 years, the sole judge of the Oregon State Fair’s Chocolate Cake Contest has been the one and...


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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

Davies Family Research Library's collections encompass library and archival materials, including books, serials, newspapers, oral histories, manuscripts, government documents, genealogical and biographical material, photographs, film, and maps.

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

A New Face for the OHS Research Library Catalog

In June 2019, the OHS Research Library online catalog got a new, sleeker look. OHS Technical Services...

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An Evening with Madeleine Albright

Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of...


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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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.