Temporary exhibitions bring into sharp focus people, events, and/or artifacts that deserve special attention. Each new project is designed to share the joy of discovery with our visitors by offering first-hand encounters with real objects.


“Oregon is an inspiration. Whether you come to it, or
are born to it, you become entranced
by our state’s beauty, the opportunity she affords, and the
independent spirit
of her citizens.”

Governor Tom McCall, 1973
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.



Opening April 1
thru May 31


Proponents of Oregon's 1953 Civil Rights Bill, known as the Public Accommodations Act.

Courtesy of Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Gov. Tom McCall has remained the name and
face of Oregon's remarkable legacy of environmental lawmaking.

Courtesy of Oregon Historical Society.


Fight for Beaches Rally, Measure 6, Cannon Beach, 1968.

Courtesy of Oregon Historical Society, Peter Frost.


Oregon Voices traveling exhibition is provided by the Oregon Historical Society