Canoe, OHS Museum 780
Columbia River culture area, made by the Scarborough family as an oceangoing canoe.
Okanogan author Christine Quintasket collecting huckleberries
Oregon Historical Society Research Library, bb014523
Bridge of Nations, Lewis and Clark Exposition
Oregon Historical Society Research Library, OrHi 4599, bb017270
Housewife, OHS Museum 4014
Also known as a sewing kit, 1804–1806, carried by George Shannon, a member of the Corps of Discovery
Beaver die and coin, OHS Museum 72-100.1.2 and 72-186.1
1849, used to strike “Beaver” currency by the Oregon Exchange Company. “Beaver Coins” filled a need for currency, although illegal under federal law.
Section of concrete road near Multnomah Falls.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library, OrHi 71191, bb016838
Quilt, 1900, OHS Museum 1721.
Pieced and sewn by Abigail Scott Duniway to enter into a national suffrage bazaar
Group of harvest hands probably near Moro, Oregon.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library, OrHi 6337, bb016677
Benson Automobile, OHS Museum 99-41.1
Built in Oregon between 1904 and 1906, featuring a four-cylinder engine and wooden spoke wheels. E. Henry Wemme most likely ordered the first car in Oregon in 1899, but Nils Benson was one of the first to build a car in the state, which he displayed at the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in 1905.
Portland Commercial Iron Works women's lunchroom
Oregon Historical Society Research Library, OrHi 49856, bb016804
Typewriter, ca. 1915. OHS Museum 2012-49.1
Used by Lola Baldwin, the first credentialed female police officer in the United States
Presentation of keys to Celilo Falls Indian Relocation Project. (left to right) Charles Quittocken, Mrs. and Mrs. Jimmie George, Mrs. TT Mackenzie, Mr. George Cloud.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library, OrHi 104340, bb017342
Thank you Donors!
Thank you to the many individuals, corporations, and foundations that have contributed to the FORWARD! campaign. Through generous private donations, we have been able to reimagine our cornerstone exhibition, creating a dynamic, interactive, and thoughtful space for the curious of all ages to learn about our state’s history. Visit the FORWARD! campaign page to learn more about the other capital improvements the Oregon Historical Society will be making through this campaign and to view a full list of campaign donors.
By Sarah Vanbuskirk, PDX Parent, March 22, 2019
When I picked up my fourth grader, Noah, age 9, early from school recently to go on a “special” outing he was beyond thrilled. That is until I told him where we were going: the Oregon Historical Society’s new Experience Oregon exhibit. “Really, Mom? A museum?” he questioned, clearly disappointed. “I was thinking laser tag or paintball. I experience Oregon every day!” So it was with a decidedly unenthused boy, who had been bribed with a post-museum treat, that I arrived at the museum on the eve of the new Experience Oregon exhibit’s debut, which appropriately enough was scheduled for Valentine’s Day 2019, otherwise known as Oregon’s 160th birthday. Within seconds of stepping into the brand-new, 11,000-square foot, open-design space, three years in the making, his skepticism slipped away. His eyes brightened as he let go of my hand and made a beeline to the huge, incredibly lifelike model of a tree holding court near the entrance. “Wow,” Noah said, crouching down, immediately reaching out his fingers toward the wide, bumpy trunk, as he peered up at the canopy of branches above. “Can I touch it?” The answer, happily, was “Yes!” since the new exhibit is very interactive and totally kid-friendly.
By Ken Boddie, KOIN, February 19, 2019
On Feb. 14, 2019, we celebrated Oregon's 160th birthday. Oregon became a state on Valentine's Day in 1859 and its amazing story is told in an ambitious exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society. The "Experience Oregon" journey starts in a panoramic theater telling Oregon's story -- before and after the pioneers. "It's stories -- dramatic victories and defeats, life and death -- it's the story of people," Oregon Historical Society executive director Kerry Tymchuk said. The $4 million, 7,000-square-foot "Experience Oregon" exhibit features 500 artifacts -- some hundreds of years old -- to tell the story: the good, the bad and the ugly.
‘Experience Oregon’ launches on state’s 160th birthday, showcasing ‘good, bad and ugly’ of region’s history
By Douglas Perry, The Oregonian/OregonLive, February 14, 2019
“Oregon was on the edge. Would rock ’n’ roll save it?” The question -- offered up in a cartoon video game that recreates 1970’s Vortex I, the one-of-a-kind, state-sponsored, anti-war rock festival -- is one of the cheekier ones posed in the Oregon Historical Society’s new, $4-million “Experience Oregon” exhibit. The ambitious, 7,000-square-foot permanent installation opens Thursday, Oregon’s 160th birthday. It replaces the beloved “Oregon, My Oregon” exhibit, which had a 14-year run at the museum before closing last year.
KATU, February 14, 2019
February 14th is Oregon’s birthday -- so it's fitting Oregon Historical Society unveils its brand new permanent Experience Oregon exhibit today. Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of Oregon Historical Society, stopped by to tell us all about it.
By Jason Vondersmith, Portland Tribune, February 13, 2019
The most important permanent exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society — the history of our state, "Experience Oregon" — opens Thursday, Feb. 14, Oregon's 160th birthday, with much fanfare. Throughout the 7,000 square feet of exhibition space, the display pays tribute to first-inhabitant Native Americans, maybe the most crucial aspect organizers want to relate to visitors. "We have a close relationship with nine tribes in Oregon to make sure we're telling their story correctly," says Kerry Tymchuk, OHS executive director. Indeed, it's not just about white people who traversed the Oregon Trail and settled on the land once explored by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. "We work closely with every ethnic population in Oregon," Tymchuk says. "We want all Oregonians to find their story in the exhibit. Our job at the Oregon Historical Society is not to be the tourism bureau, we're here to tell the good, bad and ugly of Oregon, and there's been an ugly history in Oregon with relationship with minorities. We don't varnish the story, it's told accurately."