at 1200 SW Park Ave , 97205
The Oregon Historical Society is a scholarly resource dedicated to putting the power of history into everyone's hands & advancing knowledge worldwide.
The Oregon Historical Society is dedicated to making Oregon’s long, rich history visible and accessible to all. For more than a century, we have served as the state’s collective memory, gathering and preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, films, manuscripts, books, and oral histories. Researchers from around the world travel to our library, unearthing information that challenges conventional thinking. Curious individuals come to us to explore their family trees or discover the history of their homes or neighborhoods. Archaeologists, environmentalists, filmmakers, architects, novelists, artists, and others all find their way to us, asking questions, making discoveries, creating knowledge. We share our vast collection through thought-provoking museum exhibits and robust digital platforms. We bring history directly to Oregon’s students in ways that bridge gaps of time and perspective, and we support lifelong learning through our many public lectures and events. We advance critical inquiry through the Oregon Historical Quarterly, a journal that has sparked conversations throughout our community for over a century.
We are readily accessible by public transportation. The Pioneer Square MAX station is only four blocks north of the Historical Society. Most Tri-Met buses stop at the Transit Mall downtown along SW 5th or 6th streets, just two or three blocks away. The Portland Streetcar stops at SW 11th and Jefferson (Northbound) or SW 10th at the Portland Art Museum, two blocks east of the Oregon Historical Society. For information regarding Tri-Met schedules and maps, go to www.trimet.org or call 503.238.7433.