OSCF Speaker Series


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OSCF Speaker Series

Thanks to OSCF donors, presentations by current and former politicians, authors, journalists, writers, and activists at your Capitol are sponsored by the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

Click here to watch the OSCF Speaker Series videos on YouTube!

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.

The Norma Paulus Story book cover

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.

Bev Clarno
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.

Past OSCF Speaker Series presenters include:

  • Charles Johnson
  • Mitch Greenlick
  • Floyd McKay
  • Gov. Barbara Roberts
  • Sen. Mae Yih

For more information about the OSCF 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.