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Oregon Historical Society


3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, History, Geography, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Oregon

Oregon History Wayfinder

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  • This interactive map provides a large assortment of information on various events and aspects of Oregon's history.
  • Students can click on any of the dots on the map to learn what makes that area historically significant or filter the results by era, region, county, or theme.
Teaching Tips


  • Each point on the map provides students with a quick look at a more in-depth article that can be found by following the link.
  • There are links to other Oregon history databases on the left side of the map.
  • You can select multiple filters at once to reduce the number of highlighted results on the map.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Younger students should have the filter features of the website shown to them and explained before using this resource.
  • The filter feature will not reduce the number of dots on the map, but it will give a list of articles relating to that area of interest and highlight the dots referenced in the results.
  • Students who feel overwhelmed by the amount of points on the map would benefit from a very specific task related to the map.


  • To connect this resource to climate change, try focusing on the filters for "Agriculture and Ranching," "Environment and Natural Resources," and "Science, Medicine, and Technology."
  • History classes can have students work in groups to create a timeline of a certain era in Oregon history, with each group working on a different era to identify events that connect to power generation, industry, or changes in land use that might connect to climate change topics.
  • Geography classes can create their own map for events that changed the way people interacted with or used the land in Oregon, thinking about the impacts of those changes on greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Social studies or history classes can use the filter to see important events related to women and can use this for a discussion about the role of women throughout Oregon's history.
  • Social studies classes discussing the treatment of and events relating to minority groups throughout Oregon's history can take a localized look at this subject to determine if there are correlations with environmental justice topics.
Scientist Notes
This website from the Oregon Heritage Commission is an excellent interactive map that identifies significant places, people, and events in Oregon history. Additional links to the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Encyclopedia, Oregon History Project, Oregon TimeWeb, and the Oregon Cultural Trust are also provided. This interactive map would be a great addition to a classroom discussion about the history of Oregon, as the site provides excellent access to historical documents.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.1.6-8 Construct maps to represent and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.11.6-8 Explain how the relationship between the environmental characteristics of places and production of goods influences the spatial patterns of world trade.
      • D2.Geo.1.3-5 Construct maps and other graphic representations of both familiar and unfamiliar places.
      • D2.Geo.2.3-5 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions and their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.5.3-5 Explain how the cultural and environmental characteristics of places change over time.
      • D2.Geo.10.9-12 Evaluate how changes in the environmental and cultural characteristics of a place or region influence spatial patterns of trade and land use.
      • D2.Geo.2.9-12 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions and their political, cultural, and economic dynamics.
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.1.3-5 Create and use a chronological sequence of related events to compare developments that happened at the same time.
      • D2.His.1.9-12 Evaluate how historical events and developments were shaped by unique circumstances of time and place as well as broader historical contexts.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: History/Social Studies (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
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