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 – December 5, 2021Learn More
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
The people of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde represent almost thirty different tribes and bands that the U.S. government removed to the Grand Ronde Reservation in the nineteenth century. The history of the reservation—and how so...
Reproductions of hand-tinted glass lantern slides from the early 1930s document how flax was grown and processed to make fabric. The slides from the Oregon Historical Society’s Portland Public School (PPS) Collection were shown to...
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 the Willamette River, both sleepy and overwrought, dominating Oregon in population and voting...
Joanne B. Freeman is an expert on early American politics. Her newest book, The Field of Blood: Violence...
Patron and reserved level ticketholders to Joanne Freeman’s March 16 Hatfield lecture are invited to a...
Virtual program via Zoom
Amanda L. Tyler is the Shannon Cecil Turner Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley,...
Join author Elaine Weiss for a powerful lecture on her book “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the
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 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.