The Oregon State Capitol is a treasure to be appreciated and experienced. The Oregon State Capitol Foundation is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the State Capitol and the shared heritage that it represents for all Oregonians.
Capitol Events Calendar
The Oregon State Capitol Foundation funds and develops projects, events, and programs that engage Oregonians in their democracy and preserves the legacy of Oregon’s Capitol. Click here to learn about upcoming events at your Capitol.
OSCF Speaker Series
Thursday, June 1, at noon in Hearing Room E
Floyd McKay, veteran journalist for KGW-TV in Portland and The Oregon Statesman in Salem, and author of Reporting the Oregon Story, will provide a firsthand account of Oregon’s political history and legislative legacy as he casts a backward glance at how activists and visionaries transformed our state.
Thursday, June 15, at noon in Hearing Room E
Rep. Mitch Greenlick will discuss the inner workings of state government. His book, Capitol Letters: An Inside View of the Legislative Process is a compilation of personal accounts of his experiences at the Capitol, written in a way that will make sense to those who are not everyday participants in the legislative process.
NOTE: Rep. Greenlick has directed that all proceeds due him from royalties or other sources will be paid, by the publisher, directly to the Oregon Historical Society. For more information about the Oregon Historical Society, please visit ohs.org.
Thursday, July 6, at noon in Hearing Room E
Charles Johnson is a Portland writer, fundraiser, activist, and former national politician who has been active in environmental politics since childhood. Johnson’s book, Standing at the Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon is a recommended read for historians, political scientists, and general readers who are interested in Oregon history.
50th Anniversary! Beach Bill Birthday Bash at the Capitol Mall
It’s the 50th anniversary of Oregon’s Beach Bill, signed into law in July 1967 to protect our beaches from development and keep them open for all. To celebrate, we’re bringing the beach to the Capitol. Events are free and open to the public. July 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Oregon State Capitol have partnered to host a four-hour beach party with activities, booths and exhibits in the Capitol Mall. An exhibit, sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, about the Beach Bill will be in the Capitol Galleria, and special tours of the Capitol will be given that day. This event will leave you with an appreciation of our public coastline.
Beach Bill Birthday Bash Concert in the Capitol Mall featuring Slater Smith
July 8, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Join us to hear Slater Smith pay tribute to our great state of Oregon and especially the Oregon Coast in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beach Bill.
Slater Smith is a Willamette University graduate who made an internet splash with his band, The Weather Machine, when they recorded their song Back O’er Oregon in 185 state parks. The edited video showcases clips of each park. At the beginning of 2017, Smith was contracted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to explore the coast and create a compilation of songs inspired by his journey. The songs will be performed at this concert, which is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.
The Great American Eclipse Weekend
Visit us the weekend before the great eclipse of 2017. The Capitol will be open on Aug. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering building and tower tours along with other activities. Events are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events, please visit oregoncapitol.com.
As part of the OSCF Speaker Series, Jim Todd, OMSI Director of Space Science Education, will be talking about preparing for viewing the eclipse on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 11:30 a.m. in Hearing Room C. On Monday, Rose City Astronomer President Margaret Mcrea will be narrating through the eclipse on the front steps of the Capitol starting with the onset at approximately 9:05 a.m. on Monday, August 21. The total eclipse comes at 10:17 a.m.
Out-of-This-World Eclipse Concert featuring the Salem Philharmonia Orchestra
Aug. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Capitol MallEnjoy the sounds of a full orchestra as the Salem Philharmonia Orchestra performs selections from Star Wars, Star Trek and The Planets, along with other works, as they kick off the Great American Eclipse weekend of activities at the Oregon State Capitol.
Bring a blanket, a lawn chair and a picnic lunch and enjoy an hour of amazing sounds from a talented orchestra. Sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.
Exploring Oregon’s Heritage
Oregonians have long recognized their heritage and taken pride in their culture and traditions. Historic preservation offers a means of celebrating the deep traditions and artistic expressions that enliven and enrich our state. It strengthens our sense of community, stability and continuity, and ensures that we don’t erase the marks left on our landscape by the many people who have helped shape it.
We hope you will join us in honoring Oregon’s diverse culture at future Exploring Oregon’s Heritage events at your Oregon State Capitol. Mark your calendar now.
- Hispanic Heritage Day: Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Oregon’s Bounty: Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- A Tribute to Veterans: Nov. 9, noon to 2 p.m.
- 2018 Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol: March 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Capitol Experience
Everyday people just like you have shaped Oregon’s laws. How? Visit the Capitol and read about their stories in interpretive exhibits or participate in a guided or self-guided tour. Admission is always free.
If you can’t visit in person, take a virtual tour of the capitol and building grounds here. Or, begin your journey of discovery on the Capitol History Gateway website, by reading stories about how citizens like you helped create some of Oregon’s unique laws.
Preserving Our Legacy
Each year thousands of tourists visit the Oregon State Capitol. Some come to experience the beauty of the Capitol and hear its rich stories and those of the people who shaped our state. Some are interested in the artwork. Others climb the 121 steps up into the Capitol tower and out onto an observation deck to get a closer look at the Oregon pioneer and a spectacular view of Salem. Many more come to learn about or participate in the legislative process. During a legislative session, the State Capitol is full of activity with legislators, staff, and citizens from throughout the state of Oregon. Click here to learn how you can be a part of preserving this legacy.