The Oregon Historical Society’s mission is to preserve our state’s history and make it accessible to everyone in ways that advance knowledge and inspire curiosity about all the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon.

Measure 26-221 will ensure the Oregon Historical Society can continue offering free admission to Multnomah County residents and school groups from across the state. The levy will also support free public lectures and the creation of scholarships and exhibits which represent Multnomah County’s diverse cultures.

Levy funds directly support:

  • Free admission to school groups and Multnomah County residents; 
  • Preservation of cultural documents and artifacts; 
  • Exhibits and services that reflect the diverse histories of our region, and engage all parts of our county—in person and online; and
  • Support for four East County Historical Societies including the East County Historical Organization (ECHO), Gresham Historical Society, Troutdale Historical Society, and Crown Point County Historical Society.

Measure 26-221 renews the Oregon Historical Society levy. The tax rate would be the same it is today—$0.05 per $1,000 of assessed value, or approximately $10 a year for a typical household with an assessed value of $200,000.

An independent citizen oversight committee ensures levy funds are used appropriately, reviews audits of levy  spending, and reports annually to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners.

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