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Sure feels like spring has arrived in Portland... wishing everyone a wonderful weekend spent enjoying our great outdoors! For more stunning glass lantern slides like this, check out the Research Library Tumblr: http://bit.ly/1MVAvFL
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Did you know, that the flip of a coin could have made the name of our city Boston and not Portland? Thinking of the victims & families of the Boston Marathon bombing today. #bostonstrong http://bit.ly/1PNTjLp
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If you missed the standing room only screening of "The Wake of Vanport" this past December, mark your calendar for an encore screening May 10 at the Multnomah County Library! A great oral history produced by the Vanport Multimedia Project that should not be missed. https://multcolib.org/events/wake-vanport/38384
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The First Congregational United Church of Christ, Portland​ will join communities across the nation in remembering Appomattox with a ceremonial bell ringing today at 12:15 PST. OHS will also display a letter from its collection written by Abraham Lincoln as we remember this milestone in the Civil War 150 years ago. http://1.usa.gov/1GtWDZ9
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Where would Portland be without its thriving arts and culture scene? Get a glimpse of Portland's theater history this Sunday at 2 pm at a free talk presented in partnership with triangle productions!​ http://bit.ly/1wZKXDw 
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Set your DVRs for this Sunday - actor Tony Goldwyn stars in TLC's Who Do You Think You Are? - and, he visits the OHS Research Library to learn more about his ancestors! http://bit.ly/1Dryy4R
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Fishtrap​, an organization dedicated to promoting good writing about the West, hosts a wonderful collection of Oregon Historical Quarterlys in their Josephy Library. Support this great organization and supporter of history scholarship by attending their annual Portland fundraiser featuring a sampler of culinary, literary, and artistic bites from local artists & authors! https://fishtrap.org/tickets-for-fishtrap-sampler/
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Glass lantern slide show at the Multnomah Athletic Club on Wednesday April 15 at 6:30 pm. Not a MAC member? Look for future slide programs in Jacksonville (May) and Bend (July) as well as more to come later this year. Interested in hosting a lantern slide or film program at your local institution? Let us know and we can see about making it happen in 2015/2016.
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A freebie for your Friday! In conjunction with Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape, you can download and read "Western Landscape Photography: Then and Now" by Rachel McLean Sailor from this issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly! bit.ly/1Gz6zgE
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How did it become “normal” to bomb cities and civilians? Focusing on the aerial bombardment of Japan in 1945, Princeton Professor Sheldon Garon presents a provocative lecture that spotlights the role of transnational learning in the construction of the “home front” among all the belligerents. Presented by Center for Japanese Studies at PSU​ this free lecture on April 16 at 6 pm is a great intro to our WWII exhibit coming up in June! http://bit.ly/1aNOIcm
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Want to dig into your family history like Tony Goldwyn​ did on Who Do You Think You Are?​ OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk talks about the resources available in our Research Library on KGW-TV​! on.kgw.com/1DeegKa 
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Tonight's the second to last Oregon History 101, hosted by the staff of the Oregon Encyclopedia - "The 1960s Came to Oregon... and Never Left." Always at McMenamins/Kennedy School, always free! http://bit.ly/ohsdigitalhistory
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Since 1898, the Oregon Historical Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content. Visit ohs.org for information on current exhibits and events and access to educational content.

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Rotating exhibits give insight into state history, art & more in building with 8-story-high murals.- Google
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Jason Rose
7 months ago
The exhibits are ok but I got in trouble for taking a photo on my phone and the attendant demanded that I delete it. Some museums and galleries don't have a problem with it and I didn't see any signs saying no photography. Also we knew that it closed at 5pm but felt pressured to leave at 4.50pm when we were enjoying the exhibits near the exit.
Al Lambright
a year ago
I was blown away by the professional experience of the curators and knowledgeable staff. The site contains information about Oregon's history ranging from the Oregon Natives, the Westward expansion of the pioneers, to World War II to today's contemporary art.
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Tirza Hutabarat
a year ago
Went here when I was little, I would say pretty interesting
A Google User
4 years ago
Thankfully, they keep smokers away from the door as per the law that was passed. Oh, and there is very cool p-town facts and artifacts to check out too. :)
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Gary Standke
8 months ago
The top floor does a great job of explaining how the state got to where it is. Lots of very interesting artifacts. The special exhibits were great the time we were there.
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Ali Alali
a year ago
Nice place to learn about Portland, and Oregon. its for free for Multnomah county residents, just make sure to show them your state ID..
Michael Thompson
10 months ago
LOL? History is where we come from!!
A Google User
4 years ago
They will get angry if you smoke near their building