About us - Osher

The Friends of the Osher Map Library (Friends) brings the wonderful world of maps, their history, and their stories to the general public through enrichment programs, community outreach, and its continued financial support of the OML.

A stand-alone 501c(3) incorporated in 1990, Friends was instrumental in raising funds for the construction of the OML through a three-year capital campaign, which raised $1.5m. Today, it continues in its fundraising capacity to support the OML’s endeavors and collaborates regularly with other organizations, such as the Portland Museum of Art, to create dynamic and engaging events.