Oral History

The Capitol Foundation adopted the oral history project in January 2002, recognizing that it fully supported the Foundation’s mission of preserving history and celebrating contributions to state government. The objective of the oral history project is to preserve some of Oregon’s most important stories for future generations.

To date the Foundation has conducted sixteen interviews, including the following former elected officials: Vic Atiyeh, Wallace P. Carson, Ted Hallock, Paul Hanneman, Lenn Hannon, Ken Jernstedt, Denny Jones, Phil Lang, Clay Meyers, John Sell, L.L. “Stub” Stewart, Monroe Sweetland and Tony Van Vliet. In addition, we’ve recorded the stories of longtime Capitol reporter, Chuck Beggs; Henk Pander, the artist who painted Gov. Tom McCall’s portrait; and Ken Hunt, the sculptor of U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield’s bust which is displayed in the Governor’s Office.

Video copies of oral history interviews are available in DVD format through Legislative Media at a cost of $10 each. Contact Legislative Media at 503-986-1195 for information on which interviews are available for purchase.

Oral History Videos
Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation

Click a link below to view an excerpt from the interview