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Oregon History

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A World War I memorial in Jacksonville. (Oregon State Archives Scenic Image 20150727-5175​)

​Oregon History by Professor Bob H. Reinhardt, Ph.D.

This 2020 history of Oregon by Professor Bob Reinhardt ​introduces the ways ​different people interacted with their environments to create this place we know as Oregon — from the Native people who made this land their home for thousands of years before Lewis and Clark, to the complex challenges rural and urban Oregonians will grapple with in the coming decades.​

Section I: Prehistory and the Early Environment

Section II: Confidence in Control of Oregon’s Environments

Section III: Pursuing Growth and Sustainability

Further Reading​​

Chronological History


​Related information

Oregon History Exhibits​ - explore the history and culture of the state