Project Name:

Oregon Country Exhibit at the Oregon History Center

Location of Project:

Portland, Oregon

Lead Sponsor:

Organization Name

Oregon Historical Society

Contact Name/Title

Chet Orloff, Executive Director


1200 S.W. Park Avenue, Portland






[email protected]


Other Sponsors:

U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Public Broadcasting, State of Oregon



Project Description:

The permanent exhibition will commemorate the exploration and discovery of the Oregon Country, with the stories of the Native cultures and the Lewis & Clark expedition as key components of the interpretive experience. The Oregon History Center in downtown Portland is located at the confluence of two major rivers, intersections of two interstate freeways, and crossing of north-south and east-west rail lines. The exhibition will be augmented by programs through Oregon schools, Oregon tribal interpretive centers, and smaller statewide traveling exhibits, and supplemented with publications, curriculum materials, and OHS's web site. The exhibition's planning team includes prominent historians, tribal representatives, educators, and design specialists.


Project Budget:



Funded to Date:



The Oregon Historical Society has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bureau of Land Management to share labor, materials, and expertise for the project. The Society is also approaching the state of Oregon and major regional foundations and corporations for funding ($500,000 has already been raised from private donors for preliminary planning.)


Project Status:

Third in a series of major new permanent exhibitions at the Oregon History Center in Portland's Cultural District, Oregon Country will join Portland! (1995) and Willamette Valley (1999), by opening in 2002.




    Primary Category:     _ R/H     _ P/T     X I     _ CD     _ C/N     _ ED     _ E     _ O

    Type:     _ Fed     _ State     X Local     _ Tribal     _ Multi-Agency     _ Private     _ Pub/Priv     _ Other

    Status:     _ Proposed     X Underway     _ Finished

Priority Ranking: within State/Tribe/Agency: # ___ out of ___.

Other Comments:

A federal commitment will draw matching funds from other sources. Also, the Oregon Historical Society is a co-producer, and sole West Coast host venue, for the Missouri Historical Society's national exhibition on Lewis & Clark. OHS preserved the historic property at Fort Clatsop at the turn of the century.

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