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.
This original exhibit connects Oregon history to the national history of woman suffrage and commemorates the bravery of the women (and men) who demanded the vote and used their rights to shape our nation and our world.
March 14, 2020 – May 16, 2021Learn More
Through short-form narratives, object stories, and vivid photography, this exhibition amplifies the voices of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and South American who came to the United States as children or young adults.
January 10 – September 20, 2020Learn More
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...
From January through June 2018, the Oregon Historical Society was proud to host Racing to Change, presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers. Now, thanks to our partnership with Visiting Media, students and history enthusiasts across Oregon and
Join us for an inclusive look at Oregon's multicultural logging industry, and the loggers and their...
For over two centuries, sovereign Native nations have asserted their rights and negotiated their...
Advisors of the new OHS exhibit, Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women’s Voting Rights and the 19th...
Based on her book of the same name, Melissa Darby unravels the mysteries surrounding Sir Francis Drake’s...
Avid Oregon history reader and longtime OHS Museum Store bookshelf curator Andrew VanDerZanden shares...
With collections and scholarship documenting the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon’s history, the OHS Research Library and the Oregon Historical Quarterly are invaluable resources for researchers. We invite you to explore the world’s largest collection of...
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
Chief Operations Officer Lisa Noah documents the process of sourcing face coverings for OHS staff members
From our Executive Director and Board President
In these turbulent and hopeful times, the Oregon Historical Society recommits itself to being a valuable...
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.