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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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 demanded the vote and used their rights to shape our nation and our world.

March 14, 2020 – May 16, 2021

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DREAMs Deferred

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, 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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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, thanks to our partnership with Visiting Media, students and history enthusiasts across Oregon and

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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 central Oregon, and the Portland skyline.

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Timber Culture

Join us for an inclusive look at Oregon's multicultural logging industry, and the loggers and their...


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McGirt v. Oklahoma: Understanding the Decision and its Implications for Indian Country

For over two centuries, sovereign Native nations have asserted their rights and negotiated their...


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Nevertheless, They Persisted: Stories from the Long History of Suffrage

Advisors of the new OHS exhibit, Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women’s Voting Rights and the 19th...


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Thunder Go North—The Hunt for Sir Francis Drake’s Fair and Good Bay

Based on her book of the same name, Melissa Darby unravels the mysteries surrounding Sir Francis Drake’s...


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Nothing But Winners: The Best Books on Oregon Sports History

Avid Oregon history reader and longtime OHS Museum Store bookshelf curator Andrew VanDerZanden shares...


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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

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...

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

OHS Re-opening and a Hunt for the Scarce Face Mask

Chief Operations Officer Lisa Noah documents the process of sourcing face coverings for OHS staff members

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From our Executive Director and Board President

Oregon Historical Society Statement on Racial Justice and Equality

In these turbulent and hopeful times, the Oregon Historical Society recommits itself to being a valuable...

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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.