Yes for Oregon History!

The Oregon Historical Society has the most comprehensive resources available to learn about our state’s unique history. This May, Multnomah County voters will have an opportunity to renew the Oregon Historical Society levy, providing funding for important educational and cultural preservation programs, without raising taxes. Renewing the levy enables the Society’s museum and library to continue offering free admission to Multnomah County residents and school groups, and continues support for four East Multnomah County historical societies.

The Oregon Historical Society has served as the safeguard of our state’s rich history for over a century, helping to preserve what makes our home unique. This May, vote YES on Measure 26-174.

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1. Students from all over the state visit the Oregon Historical Society’s museum and library each year to discover the people, places, and events that have shaped our state, and renewing the levy will continue to provide free admission to Oregon school groups.

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“By bringing amazing speakers to our school, by granting free admission to all our students, and by generously supporting our Roosevelt “Rough Writers” program, the Oregon Historical Society is making history come alive, and is making a positive difference for our students.”

– Filip Hristic, Principal, Roosevelt High School

2. For over 117 years, Oregon Historical Society archivists have preserved and protected over 85,000 artifacts, 35,000 books, five million photographs, and much more. Renewing the levy supports the continued preservation of these local treasures.

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“The Oregon Historical Society is a key resource for our community and state. It is an accessible educational institution and the go-to source for exploring the history of Oregon's places and people. OHS has been essential to my work in interpreting the state in books, in the Oregon Historical Quarterly and The Oregon Encyclopedia, in public presentations, and in the classroom.”

– Carl Abbott, Author & Historian

3. Renewing the levy allows OHS to continue its important education and preservation work without increasing taxes. With renewal, a home assessed by the county at $200,000 would continue to pay just $10 a year.

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"The Oregon Historical Society serves as a catalyst for discovering, demonstrating, and promulgating the value of Oregon history for individuals, communities, and the nation. The Society promotes the idea that history can have more impact when it connects the people, events, places, stories, and ideas of the past with people, events, places, stories, and ideas that are important and meaningful to communities, people, and audiences today."

– Raymond Burrell, III, African-American Historian

We're Voting Yes for Oregon History.

This May, Multnomah County voters will have an opportunity to renew the Oregon Historical Society levy, providing funding for the Oregon Historical Society's educational and cultural preservation programs, without raising taxes. Join us in voting YES for Oregon History.

Dr. Carl Abbott

Mayor Shane Bemis

Margaret Carter

Avel Gordy

Dr. Jerry E. Hudson

Thomas Lauderdale

Anne Naito-Campbell

Sharon Nesbit

Gov. Barbara Roberts

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This May, Multnomah County voters will have an opportunity to renew the Oregon Historical Society levy, providing funding for the Oregon Historical Society's educational and cultural preservation programs, without raising taxes. Add your support, and receive campaign updates.

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