Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 - United States
For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
New Permanent Exhibit!
Visit the Oregon Historical Society’s new cornerstone exhibition, Experience Oregon, a dynamic educational space to learn about the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon. The compelling design highlights Oregon’s diverse landscapes, as well as people’s historical and ongoing relationships with its resources. Over 300 artifacts are on exhibit, and span the state’s vast geography and complicated history. Interactive stations include “Stories from the Archives” tablet games, a covered-wagon replica visitors can walk through, and role-playing games where visitors can take sides in historical debates.
Ladies and Gentlemen... The Beatles!
May 10, 2019 - November 12, 2019
Curated by the GRAMMY Museum, Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles! explores and celebrates The Beatles’ impact on the American experience from the fan perspective. From their press conference at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York in 1964 to their 1966 concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, this exhibit documents John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s journey across America, using original artifacts, film and video interviews, photographs, and interactives to tell the story.
Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII
On exhibit through January 5, 2020
On loan from The National WWII Museum, Fighting for the Right to Fight illustrates how hopes for securing equality inspired many to enlist, the discouraging reality of the segregated non-combat roles given to black recruits, and the continuing fight for “Double Victory” that laid the groundwork for the modern Civil Rights Movement. Through artifacts, photographs, and oral histories, this exhibit highlights some of the extraordinary achievements and challenges of African Americans during World War II, both overseas and on the homefront.
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 students, teachers, cultural organizations, and museums to tell the stories of people who live in Oregon, today and in the past. The content of History Hub spans grades K-12 with a focus on 4th – 8th grade.
Oregon Voices examines some of the important people, events, and ideas that have shaped the state in the modern era, from the end of World War II to the present. It features the people of Oregon, from Native Americans, who have lived here since time immemorial, to recent arrivals. It looks at Oregonians who have fought for and against social change. And it explores the land—how people have used it and how they have worked to save it.
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