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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Pioneering Compassion: 150 Years at the Oregon Humane Society

Compassion runs deep in our community. For 150 years, the Oregon Humane Society has embodied each generation’s determination to save lives, stop suffering, and bring loving best friends to our families. Best known as a great place to find a

September 11, 2018 – February 28, 2019

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Portland Psychedelic: Music and Culture in the Rose City and Beyond, 1966 – 1972

Portland served as a common West Coast stop for touring bands in the 1960s and 1970s, with a number of nationally known musicians playing shows in the Rose City. Local music thrived at the same time, centered on psychedelic coffeehouses...

July 10, 2018 – March 17, 2019

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Frames Per Second: Selections from the OHS 16mm News Film Collection, 1969-1981

The prints in this exhibit are scans from the KOIN and KPTV 16mm news film collections held at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) Research Library. Every three frames of 16mm film represents 1/8 of a second — or just faster than the blink...

July 16, 2018 – January 13, 2019

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The Playful Brush: Works by the Meito Shodo-Kai Calligraphy Association

In Shodo (Japanese calligraphy), the brush creates living art by exploring the balance between lines and space. The Meito Shodo-Kai Calligraphy Association pursues the graphic beauty of Kanji (Chinese characters imported to Japan that are...

July 5 – October 28, 2018

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History Hub

History Hub is an exhibit where Oregon’s youth, students, and families can explore the topic of diversity through fun, hands-on interactives, objects, and pictures. History Hub is developed in partnership with an advisory committee of...

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Smithsonian Museum Day

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating...


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Family Day: Japanese Cultures in Oregon

Families are invited to an all-ages program that focuses on culture and diversity in Oregon. Please join...


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Happy Canyon — A History of the World’s Most Unique Indian Pageant and Wild West Show

For over a century, Happy Canyon, the night show of the Pendleton Round-Up, has brought together...


McMenamins Kennedy School

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Digging into the Past: Land Records & Tax Lists

This workshop will teach you the basics and the genealogical value of land records and tax lists, along...


Oregon Historical Society, Hatfield Room

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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...

Free Oregon Historical Quarterly Article

“The Importance of Memory and Place: A Narrative of Oregon Geographic Names with Lewis L. McArthur”

A mainstay of Oregon history since 1928, Oregon Geographic Names now documents the stories behind over...

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Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series

For over 20 years, the Oregon Historical Society has presented the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series,...


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.