With a spacious new entrance and world-class exhibits, the Oregon Historical Society Museum offers a refreshing glimpse into the history of the Pacific Northwest. From the comprehensive Oregon My Oregon to Picturing the Corps of Discovery: The Lewis and Clark Expedition in Oregon Art, our exhibits provide thought-provoking and fun ways to think about the past.
The Oregon Historical Society's Artifact Collections comprise some 85,000 objects representing the broadest and most in-depth artifactual representation of Oregon history in the state. Although early collecting focused on exploration, the Oregon Trail, and the pioneer experience, the aim of the primary artifact collection has evolved to reflect, document, and illustrate the history and development of the Oregon Country before 1859 and the State of Oregon since.
The Oregon Historical Society Research Collections (library) focus on the history and cultural heritage of the State of Oregon, the Oregon Territory, the Old Oregon Country, and the Westward Overland Migration.
The oral history program at OHS was established in 1976 to create, collect, and preserve sound-recorded documentation of Oregon history. Special emphasis upon four main areas of enquiry - law and government, business and labor - is balanced in the program by awareness of the obligation to record all aspects of Oregon history and culture. The resulting collection of tapes, discs, and transcripts presently numbers over 8400 hours of recorded sound, including more than 2100 individual interviews.
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