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Venue Rental Located in the heart of downtown Portland and overlooking the historic South Park Blocks, the Oregon Historical Society offers the blend of the old, the new and the beautiful, creating a memorable venue for all occasions. During the next decade, the society encountered wavering fiscal support from the legislature, and it participated in efforts to create an ongoing, state-sponsored entity to support arts, heritage, and humanities activities.
Those efforts culminated in the creation of the Oregon Cultural Trust in , with the society one of the five official partners. Continuing state appropriations for the society were suspended in Repeated cuts in state funding for the society culminated in suspension of the all continuing appropriations in Financial problems came to a head in and Most of the library staff was laid off in and a levy was placed on the Multnomah County ballot to restore stable funding.
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Multnomah County voters approved the levy to fund the Oregon Historical Society's museum and library, while also funding four other local historical societies. Thanks to the levy, admission to the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland is now free to Multnomah County residents and school groups. Following Orloff's resignation in , former Oregon secretary of state Norma Paulus took the helm as interim executive director in John Pierce was named executive director in , followed by George Vogt in , and Kerry Tymchuk in The succession of directors reflected continuing financial problems, board differences over admission fees and revenue-raising options, and wider questions about the changing nature of museums and libraries.
The society hosted the national touring exhibit on the Lewis and Clark Expedition in , a long-planned-for event that garnered wide respect but did not meet attendance expectations. By , staff reductions had terminated the oral history, publications, and folklife programs and threatened the closure of the research library. In , Multnomah County voters approved a five-year support levy for the society.
Operations have since stabilized, research library hours were expanded, and some staff positions were restored. New collaborations have helped maintain some programs, including becoming a partner in the Oregon Folklife Network hosted by the University of Oregon.
There have been renewed commitments to regional exhibits, the research library, the distinguished Oregon Historical Quarterly , and the online Oregon Encyclopedia. The society has been a respected research institution since its inception, a position bolstered by the impressive range and extent of its collections.
The society's museum cares for an estimated 85, artifacts;and the Davies Family Research Library estimates that it holds more than 35, books and pamphlets, 3. The society's collections are without doubt the largest and most comprehensive on the globe supporting research on Oregon history.
Supplemented by supporting activities such as digital history projects and lectures through the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series , the Oregon Historical Society in the twenty-first century is centered on its research facilities, the Quarterly , and its museum exhibits. In its unbroken continuity since , OHS has maintained, through often parlous times, a commitment to the enduring value of the study of the state's people and their history. In the words of Thomas Vaughan, the Oregon Historical Society and its members are the "stewards of our unfinished past.
George Himes in pioneer garb. Storage space at the Auditorium was not much of an improvement over previous locations. Thomas Vaughan led a massive fundraising campaign and built this building, completed in The sea otter and beaver fur trade brought guns and metalwork to the region.
Their motives were particularly apparent during early political debates over where the capital should be. A contentious battle erupted among lawmakers who fought to secure Corvallis as the capital city. Ultimately, Salem won out, just in time for the newly built capital building to burn down.
Not surprisingly, this made aspects of life particularly difficult for residents. Eventually, the Oregon Treaty was signed in , giving the United States control of Oregon Country south of the present boundary with Canada.
The candy-sweet cherry, now immortalized atop an ice cream sundae, came to being thanks to a professor named Ernest Wiegand, who worked between and to solve the problem of cherries spoiling too quickly. The Bing cherry is another Oregon invention. Horticulturist Seth Lewelling traveled across the Oregon Trail in with fruit trees in his wagon and settled in what is now Milwaukie just south of downtown , naming the cherry for his Chinese foreman, Ah Bing.
The railroad revolutionized transportation across America.
In Oregon, most railway companies in the late 19th century went bankrupt at one point or another in their attempts to criss-cross the state first. Railroad wars erupted on both the Willamette and Deschutes rivers, with companies building parallel lines on either side of the rivers. At one point, four unfinished rail routes wound their way south out of Portland. Visitors are invited to the official grand opening at 12 p.
Plan to spend at least 45 minutes to an hour in the exhibit.