FORWARD! Campaign

In 2016, we celebrated our 50th year in our beautiful building on Portland's Park Blocks. Today, we stand at a critical juncture in our story.

Sustaining and growing the Oregon Historical Society requires not only stewardship but also imagination and an investment in our physical and technological infrastructure. To be among the nation's greatest historical institutions, we must embrace the latest scholarship, state of the art preservation methods, and the ways technology can advance our mission.

Together, we can create an enduring future for Oregon’s history and exponentially expand our ability to educate the next generations about all the people, places, and events that shaped Oregon.

Donate Now! Buy A Brick!

Leave your mark on Oregon history and support the FORWARD! campaign by purchasing an engraved brick!

Generous donors have taken this opportunity to honor loved ones, mark important dates or occasions – some have even created their family tree in brick!

Engraved bricks are located on the main floor of the Oregon Historical Society along the pathway leading up to our new permanent exhibit, Experience Oregon.

Engraved bricks at the entrance to Experience Oregon

Cost: $1,000 (100% tax-deductible)

Other Details:

  • Limit 32 characters per engraving, including spacing. Limit 16 characters per line. Limit two lines per brick.
  • The inscription can include any character on a standard computer keyboard.
  • Inscriptions cannot contain emojis.
  • All bricks are laser-engraved for lasting letter clarity.
  • If you have any questions or if you wish to pay for your brick through 12 monthly installments of $100 or four quarterly installments of $250, please call Alexis Silva, our Annual Giving Manager, at 503.306.5266, or email alexis.silva@ohs.org.

Engraved bricks closeup

The FORWARD! Campaign focuses on four important goals for the long-term benefit of this treasured institution:

A new and inclusive exhibit on Oregon's early history to serve tens of thousands of Oregon's children, families, and visitors of all ages (remaking the entire 3rd floor);

A renovated library to better serve visitors, staff, and our collections;

A Digital Vault to preserve our fragile history (like film and negatives) and to provide worldwide access to our priceless collections; and,

Endowments to secure these achievements into the future.

To Evolve 

An Inclusive Oregon History Exhibition

Build a new permanent exhibition incorporating new interactive techniques and the best scholarship on Oregon's diverse and complex history. This will be the heart and soul of our museum and the place where thousands of children come to learn our state's history each year.

To Serve 

A Research Library to Serve Oregon

Renovate the Research Library to create an inspirational workspace that is worthy of the collections it shelters and is a productive and comfortable space to better serve visitors, staff, and volunteers.

To Innovate 

Statewide Access to Collections

Develop and launch a Digital Vault to preserve our most fragile collections and enable us to provide worldwide access through our Digital Collections website. School children, writers, filmmakers, scholars, and explorers of every kind will be able to search our collections and examine documents and photographs remotely.

To Safeguard 

Endowing Positions of Excellence

Endow core programs and key positions to safeguard against unpredictable swings in public or private resources and to deliver new and exciting work every year. We seek contributions to name or make investments in the Executive Director's Endowment for Leadership Excellence ($2 million), Director of Library Collections ($1 million), Digital Archivist ($1 million), Curator of Artifact Collections ($1 million), and Oral History Collections ($500,000).

Thank you to the following donors who have supported the FORWARD! Campaign and thus the creation of Experience Oregon!

Italics – Library Gift
* – Digital Vault Gift
** – Endowment Gift

$1,000 to $2,499

  • Kay & Roy Abramowitz
  • The Acorn Fund (OCF)
  • Julie E. Adams
  • Angelene Adler-Ashkar & Jullian Ashkar
  • A. David Albertine
  • John Alcala
  • Stuart & Sarah Allen
  • James Alterman & Cheryl Balkenhol
  • Mr. Francis V. Anderson
  • Kristin Anderson & Michael O'Brien
  • Scott & Linda Andrews
  • Paul & Grace Andrews
  • Anonymous (3)
  • Greg Applegate & Barbara Stark
  • Mr. and Mrs. Louis & Marianne Bachleder
  • Thomas E. & Amy Bahrman
  • Mr. Ronald E. Bailey
  • Robert & Julia Ball
  • Jerry & Janet Banks
  • Anne M. Barbey
  • Dr. and Mrs. Ronald G. & Joan E. Barnes
  • Mary C. Becker
  • Peter G. & Susan A. Belluschi
  • Ms. Belinda Beresford & Dr. Louis Picker
  • Marc & Diane Berg
  • Len & Betsy Bergstein
  • Aasa Maja Besson
  • Mrs. Betsy Biller
  • Dann & Sarah Black
  • Congressman & Ms. Earl Blumenauer
  • Marilou Bohmann
  • Ms. Elizabeth N. Boyd
  • Gert Boyle
  • John & Diane Bradshaw
  • John C. & Justie Braestrup
  • W. W. Buzz Braley, Jr.
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Brooke
  • William & Tina Brown
  • Douglas Browning & Jo Shapland
  • Scott & Susan Calhoun
  • Ms. Carmen Calzacorta
  • Mrs. Robert G. Cameron
  • Cynthia C. Cannady & Robert I. Woods, Jr.
  • Sara Carlson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Don & Faith Carter
  • Mr. and Mrs. John D. & Linda Carter
  • Dr. George Heyden Caspar
  • Dr. and Mrs. Durgan & Subha Chakrapani
  • Donald & Shirley Clark
  • Cornerstone Care Option, Inc.
  • Serena Cruz
  • Tracy Curtis & Rick Nagore
  • Dawn & Joyce Dahl
  • Mary Lou Daily
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Michael Davidson
  • Marvin & Abby Dawson
  • Douglas de Weese
  • Helen B. Dennis
  • John & Leanne DiLorenzo
  • Ms. Linda Dodds
  • Patrick & Roberta Donaldson
  • Michael & Cheryl Dotten
  • Kelly Douglas & Eric Schoenstein
  • Dan & Kathleen Drinkward
  • David & Erin Drinkward
  • Mrs. Eleanor DuBois
  • Ms. Mary Anna Eaton *
  • Mr. & Mrs. Scott Ehlen
  • Mr. & Mrs. John A. Elorriaga
  • Mary Fellows & John Russell
  • Jim & Michelle Fitzhenry
  • Mr. DF Forister & Mr. Gary Sheldon
  • Konky & Bob Forster
  • Mr. Dale E. Forster
  • Bob & Peggy Fowler
  • Gerry Frank
  • Jeanne Giordano Frasca *
  • Melanie & Michael Freeman

 

  • Shawna Gandy & Stephen Walton
  • Barb & Paul Gehlar *
  • Mr. Rolf Glerum
  • Mike & Sheila Goodwin
  • James Gorter & Becky Kuhn
  • Dave & Ruth Green
  • Douglas & Kathie Green
  • Mr. Dale Greenley
  • Robert S. Gregg
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey T. Grubb
  • Bruce M. Hall
  • Dr. Lesley M. Hallick
  • Paul Hamilton
  • Mr. & Mrs. Howard Harris
  • Brenda J. Hart
  • John & Serena Hart
  • Jonathan & Susan Hayes
  • Ms. Beverley Healy
  • Steve & Marypat Hedberg
  • Sudee & Clayton Hering
  • Tom & Jane Hogan
  • John & Sara Hortenstine
  • Douglas & Lucy Houser
  • Mrs. Martha Sprague Hurley
  • Mr. Jeff Ingebrigtsen
  • Mrs. Katherine Jackmond
  • Daniel & Kellie Jarman
  • Dan & Donna Jensen
  • Dr. Kimberly Jensen
  • Ken & Jill E. Jernstedt
  • Drs. Nathalie & William Johnson
  • Craig & Lynne Johnston
  • Peter & Denise Jones
  • Mr. Stephen Jones
  • Edward Kamholz & Eileen Culligan
  • Mr. Gregory H. Keller & Dr. Elizabeth Hatfield-Keller
  • Mrs. Jan Kessler
  • KGW Media Group
  • Dr. Ali Khaki
  • Elizabeth King & Rick Brandeburg
  • Leslie Kolisch
  • Mrs. Michiko Kornhauser
  • Mrs. Ann Kracke
  • William & Jean Krieger
  • Jake & Lovely Laban
  • Mr. Robert L. Ladehoff
  • Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. & Patricia A. Landye
  • Ron & Jewel Lansing
  • Ms. Candace Kennedy Laws
  • John & Marlene Lee
  • Richard & Delight Leonard
  • Richard & Shannon Leonetti
  • Dr. Will L. Levin
  • David Linder & Darsee Staley
  • Marilyn Loy
  • Richard F. Ludeman
  • Mr. Monteith Macoubrie
  • Susan L. Malmquist
  • Mrs. Kay Mannion & Mr. Fred Bowman
  • The Mason Family
  • Drs. Ruth G. & Joseph D. Matarazzo
  • Dr. and Mrs. Mal & Janeen McAninch
  • Mary McArthur & Bob Burgan
  • Mr. Nicolas McCarthy
  • Millard & Mary Lou McClung
  • Ms. Katherine McCoy
  • Kevin & Carol McMenamin
  • Carolyn McMurchie
  • Ms. Mary McWillis-Brentano
  • Mr. Kenneth Mehr
  • Elizabeth Mehren & Fox Butterfield
  • Peter & Joan Melrose
  • Doug & Ruth Menely
  • Raymond & Carol Michael
  • The Miller Foundation, Inc.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Miller
  • Fern Momyer
  • Robert H. & Dolores S. Moore

 

  • Michael & Jo Ann Mooser
  • Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia & Mr. Daniel Capuia
  • Ms. Marie Morgan
  • Gary & Rachael Mortensen
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jim & Judy Morton
  • Richard & Sarah Munro
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Myers
  • The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Oregon
  • Craig & Julie Nichols
  • Bill & Kathy Nicholson
  • Mr. George T. Nicola
  • Ms. Sharon L. Norton
  • Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski & Ms. Mary Oberst
  • Mrs. Deborah M. Olsen
  • Milo E. & Beverly Ormseth
  • Mrs. Kay Parr
  • Judson Parsons & Diana Gardener
  • Perkins Coie
  • Brenda J. Peterson
  • Mr. John Loomis & Dr. Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis
  • Pioneer Trust Bank, N.A. Foundation
  • Cathy & George Poetschat
  • Charles & Ruth Poindexter
  • Mr. and Mrs. Oscar & Amy Polo
  • Portland Business Alliance
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ronald K. Ragen
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard & Wendy W. Rahm
  • Alice & Mark Rampton
  • Guy & Kim Randles
  • Mr. David Rianda
  • Robert E. Richmond
  • Mr. Phil Ricker & Ms. Marion Shimoda *
  • Mary Alice Ridgway
  • Kent & Lorilee Robinson
  • Eric & Tiffany Rosenfeld
  • Mark Rosenfield & Lisa Daley
  • Linda & Mike Roth
  • Mr. E. John Rumpakis
  • Mr. Don Rushmer & Ms. Janet Plummer
  • Russell Fellows Properties
  • Dori Schnitzer & Mark Brown
  • Wayne D. Schweinfest
  • Martha Shepherd
  • Judge Michael Simon & Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
  • Damon & Kristen Smedley
  • Patricia Smullin, KOBI Medford / KLSR Eugene
  • Rick & Jacky Sohn
  • Susan Sokol Blosser
  • Ellen & Charles Stearns
  • Mrs. Jane H. Stevens
  • Karl Studnicka
  • Drs. Donald W. & Roslyn E. Sutherland
  • The Skanner Foundation
  • Sharon A. Thorne
  • Senator Cliff & JoAnne Trow
  • Champ & Maria Vaughan
  • David & Christine Vernier
  • The Honorable Richard & Mrs. Paula Vial
  • Joe & Nancy Visenberg
  • Mr. & Mrs. George Waldmann
  • Linda Walker-Turner & Robert Turner
  • Sue Ellen White
  • Ann C. Whitehouse
  • Veronica L. Williams
  • Trey Winthrop
  • Michael & Linda Wooters
  • William Wyatt
  • Homer & Miyuki Yasui
  • Mrs. Mae Yih
  • Kristal H. Yoakum
  • Mrs. June Young
  • Mort & Aubrey Zalutsky
  • Janet Zell