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Holiday Cheer Oregon Author Celebration & Book Sale Returns to the Oregon Historical Society Sunday, December 4 (Photo) - 11/30/22

Portland, OR — After a two-year hiatus, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is thrilled to announce the return of Holiday Cheer this Sunday, December 4. Chat with 70 local authors and get into the spirit of the season at this annual celebration of Oregon’s literary talents as you sip on hot cocoa, listen to carols, and get a jump on your holiday shopping!  

Holiday Cheer begins at noon at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) and authors will be signing until 4pm. Admission is free to both the book sale and to visit museum exhibitions, with OHS’s galleries open until 5pm. 

For 53 years, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated the state’s rich literary talents at this kick-off to the holiday season. This year, some of the Pacific Northwest’s most prominent authors will be at OHS selling everything from children’s books to guidebooks to mysteries to histories! 

Notable local authors in attendance include:

  • Oregon’s first woman governor Barbara Roberts
  • Bestselling mystery author Phillip Margolin
  • Children’s authors Susan Blackaby, Dawn Babb Prochovnic, and Stephen Roth
  • Portland history expert Carl Abbott
  • Oregon wine pioneer Susan Sokol Blosser
  • New York Times bestselling novelist Kristina McMorris

At Holiday Cheer, you will find a book for everyone on your shopping list, with guides for exploring Oregon’s outdoors, to locally based thrillers and mysteries, to beautifully illustrated books for children. View a full list of participating authors at ohs.org/holidaycheer.

To add to the holiday cheer, The Dickens Carolers will be strolling through the museum performing lively holiday songs from 2pm–3pm. Plus, Santaland, a nostalgic vignette featuring items from the original Meier & Frank display, will be back on view and includes Rudolph, animatronic elves, holiday decor, a model of the famous monorail! 

Visitors are also encouraged to explore the museum, with current exhibitions including Motown: The Sound of Young America, on view through March 26. Curated by the GRAMMY Museum®, this exhibition traces the evolution of the Motown label, focusing on its major artists and musical achievements, and explores how the sound of Motown continues to influence some of pop music’s most important artists today. 

Also on view is The Odyssey of the Historic Jantzen Beach Carousel, which traces the popular attraction’s journey from C. W. Parker’s Leavenworth, Kansas, factory to Portland, Oregon. This joyful display includes four carousel horses, two of them fully restored.

Book sales at Holiday Cheer support the Oregon Historical Society’s mission 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.


About the Oregon Historical Society

For nearly 125 years, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of objects, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all.We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and complex as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view. 

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