Click the image above to visit the event calendar where you’ll find information about upcoming events, exhibits, and building tour information for the Oregon State Capitol. Listings include Oregon State Capitol events, Capitol History Gateway events, and projects of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.
Upcoming Events and Recent Foundation Accomplishments
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.
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!
Historic Senate and House Chair Sale
The Oregon State Capitol Foundation’s recent fundraiser offered an unprecedented opportunity to own a piece of Oregon history. Groundbreaking legislation – including the Oregon Beach Bill – took place in the Capitol during the use of the historically significant Senate and House desk chairs which were sold by the Foundation in early 2017. Proceeds from chair sales will be used by OSCF to benefit Oregonians and all who visit our beloved Capitol. Thank you to everyone who stood up to take a seat.
We Are Oregonians Exhibit Display in Galleria
Oregon’s multiple cultures have mingled to create a singular state – one that is recognized for its vision and its boldness around the world. The new Capitol History Gateway display, which premiered in January 2017 in the Capitol Galleria, highlights some of the diverse cultural traditions that have influenced our state.
The exhibit also showcases information about other museums and resources in Oregon that expand our understanding of these cultures. Scheduled to run for about two years, this exhibit will give way for a new display featuring additional cultural and ethnic groups important to our state. A Capitol History Gateway project sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, the displays introduce Capitol visitors, state employees and those regularly doing business in the building, to the richness of Oregon’s history. The exhibit also builds awareness about the resources available throughout our state that expand our understanding of our multilayered history.
Three New Flagstones Installed on the Capitol Mall
The Oregon State Capitol Foundation was the presenting sponsor of the installation of new county flagstones in the Capitol Mall. The Foundation worked collaboratively with Association of Oregon Counties and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to recognize three counties that were incorporated into current counties including: Champooick District that became Marion County, Twality District that became Washington County, and Umpqua County that is now a part of Douglas County.
We hope you enjoy viewing them on your next stroll through your beautiful Capitol Mall.
Camperdown Elm Trees Moved
Camperdown elm trees are an important part of the historic landscape, and have been on the Capitol grounds since the late 19th to early 20th centuries. They were successfully moved before, in 1937-41 and 1977, during other construction projects.
Photo Opportunities at Your Capitol
Photography for personal use is allowed any time the Capitol is open. Flash photography is not allowed in the House and Senate chambers during sessions. When open to the public, these spots are favorites for taking pictures:
- Front steps.
- Rotunda murals.
- State seal.
- Governors’ portraits.
- Governor’s ceremonial office.
- Artwork throughout the Capitol.
- Looking into the Senate or House chamber main entry door.
- Looking down into the Senate or House chamber from the third floor gallery.
- Observation deck staircase.
- Observation deck.
Attend OSCF-sponsored events to take photos with #TheOregonPioneer.