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

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.


Claire Phillips, WWII Spy

Claire Phillips Memorial Dedication

Sept. 19, 11 a.m., northwest corner of Capitol grounds near the World War II Memorial

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation will proudly honor Claire Phillips on Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. on the northwest corner of the Oregon State Capitol grounds near the World War II memorial. Gov. Kate Brown will cut the ribbon to unveil the newly installed Claire Phillips Memorial.

Claire Phillips, a stage actress and singer who grew up in Portland, is noted for heroism as a spy and humanitarian during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II. She ran a nightclub for enemy personnel in occupied Manila, secretly using the profits to buy and smuggle food and medicine to starving American soldiers in Japanese prisons. Convicted of espionage and sentenced to die, she was rescued by Army Rangers when Manila was liberated in 1945.

Phillips was decorated with the Medal of Freedom in 1948 by General Mark Clark and later honored by Oregon Gov. Douglas McKay and Portland Mayor Dorothy McCullough Lee. Her wartime memoir, Manila Espionage, became the basis for the Hollywood feature film, I Was An American Spy.

Click here to download a printable Claire Phillips Memorial Dedication program. For best results use two-sided printing set to flip on short edge.


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.


Celebrating the Gift of Music

An evening concert by pianist Michael Allen Harrison performed in the Oregon House Chamber on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

More details coming soon!


Capitol History Gateway Logo

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

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.