Our vision is that all Oregonians cherish their Oregon State Capitol as a beautiful, vibrant place to engage with history and democracy. The Oregon State Capitol Foundation connects Oregonians to a shared heritage, enhances the beauty of the Capitol and engages citizens in their democracy.
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, including the OSCF Speaker Series presenatations listed below.
OSCF Speaker Series
Thanks to OSCF donors, presentations by current and former politicians, authors, journalists, writers, and activists at your Oregon State Capitol are sponsored by the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.
Barbara S. Mahoney
Author of 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. Click here to watch the presentation.
Pat McCord Amacher and Gail Wells
Authors of The Only Woman in the Room – The Norma Paulus Story
During her years of public service, spanning the 1970s through the early 2000s, Norma Paulus occupied a distinctive niche in Oregon’s progressive political ecosystem. Her vivid personality and strong convictions endeared her to a broad swath of citizens. Engaging and opinionated, charming and forceful, Paulus was widely covered in statewide and national newspapers and television during her eventful, sometimes controversial career. Now, The Only Woman in the Room documents her life and work in a lively, anecdotal history that will appeal to historians, political scientists, newshounds, and ordinary citizens alike. Click here to watch the presentation.
Former Senator and author of From Pigs to Politics – A Memoir by Bev Clarno
“Bev Clarno’s political skills took root in childhood on a farm in Eastern Oregon where she was expected to haul as much pig slop as her brother. No whining. No complaining. She grew up to become Oregon’s Speaker of the House where she was nobody’s snowflake. Two decades later, she’s still nobody’s snowflake. Her rendition of the record is a treasure,” said Sen. Betsy Johnson. Click here to watch the presentation. Visit Oregon Capitol Store to purchase an autographed copy of Clarno’s book.
OSCF Speaker Series presentations are streamed online on the Oregon Legislature website. Click here to view past presentations.
For more information about the Speaker Series or other events at the Oregon State Capitol, please call Visitor Services at 503-986-1388 or go to the events page at oregoncapitol.com.
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.