Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Exploring Our Heritage -- Oregon's 159th Birthday Celebration! Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859 and to celebrate we will have costumed history interpreters, historic re-enactments, activities for children, period music, covered wagons and a stagecoach, free birthday cake while supplies last and more! A special tribute this year for the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail and the historic vote at Champoeg. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.
Put on your favorite pair of frontier pants and join us at the Capitol on Saturday, February 17, between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pound on an anvil and test your blacksmith skills, have a conversation with Dr. John McLoughlin as you arrive off the Oregon Trail, help build a log cabin and test your skills at many other stations. All activities are free, and you are invited!
There will be music, costumed historic interpreters, games, free birthday cake while supplies last, a pioneer wagon, a stagecoach, and photo opportunities with costumed historic figures.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an interpretation of the historic vote at Champoeg by the House Chambers where the mural depicting that scene is hung. This is the 175th anniversary of that historic event, and of the Oregon Trail.
The newly preserved Oregon State Constitution will be on display in the East Galleria starting on the actual birthday, February 14th, and will be displayed through the celebration.
Thursday, February 22, Noon, Hearing Room C, Free
Join author Barbara S. Mahoney and learn about the Salem Clique. During the decade of the 1850s, the Oregon Territory progressed toward statehood in an atmosphere of intense political passion and conflict. Editors of rival newspapers blamed a group of young men whom they named the “Salem Clique” for the bitter party struggles of the time. Led by Asahel Bush, editor of the Oregon Statesman, the Salem Clique was accused of dictatorship, corruption, and the intention of imposing slavery on the Territory. This is free and open event sponsored by the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.
Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free.
January 29 to February 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Galleria. Free.
Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center's exhibit "Timber Culture" will be on display in the Oregon State Capitol for part of Black History Month. The exhibit is an inclusive look at Oregon’s multicultural logging industry. The exhibit depicts the lives of loggers and their families drawn together from different cultures during the great migration. Click here for more information.
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