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CHG Exhibit

March 22, 2024

Four Organizations Awarded Funds Under 2024 CHG Exhibit Sponsorship Program

Oregon State Capitol
By Stacy Nalley

Four Oregon organizations have been awarded monies to produce exhibits that will be displayed at the Oregon State Capitol. Funded by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation (OSCF), the awardees are; Vanport Mosaic: The Journey of Jackie Winters; Salem Art Association: Early Black Pioneers Portrait Collection; Southern Oregon Historical Society: Jackson County Rebellion; and Talent Historical Society: Talent, Stronger Together – Documenting the 2020 Almeda Fire and Recovery.

Caralyn Shelton

March 22, 2024

Caralyn B. Shelton Virtual Exhibit

Oregon State Capitol
By Stacy Nalley

The Willamette Heritage Center presents “Caralyn B. Shelton – The Nation’s First Female Governor” now through May 31 on www.oregoncapitol.com. This virtual exhibit will be available to explore through the Oregon State Capitol website as part of the Capitol History Gateway program. This digital presentation was funded by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation and includes a narrated video that encompasses the entirety of the digital exhibit.

The Oregon State Capitol

March 7, 2024

Spring Break Passport to Fun

Oregon State Capitol
By Stacy Nalley

Five downtown locations have joined together to create “Spring Break Passport to Fun”, which offers activities for the family during spring break week, March 25 to 30. State Capitol State Park, Willamette Heritage Center, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, World Beat Gallery and Deepwood Museum have teamed up to offer families a fun and free, or discounted, way to fill the week off school with activities. “Spring Break Passport to Fun” is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

Yozakura

February 28, 2024

Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol

Oregon State Capitol
By Stacy Nalley

Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol, taking place this year on March 16, was created to celebrate the cherry blossom trees on the Capitol Mall, and organically became a celebration of the Japanese cultural influence in Oregon due to the significance of the cherry blossom (Sakura) to their community. There will be free and family-friendly activities in State Capitol State Park on the Capitol Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cherry Blossom Day 2024 is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

Geer

November 3, 2023

How a fire at the Oregon State Capitol sparked the search for governor’s portraits

KOIN 6 News
By Michaela Bourgeois 

VFW #661 displays WWII uniforms worn by Jewish soldiers alongside an Oregon Jewish Museum Center for Holocaust Education exhibit, "The Second World War - An Oregon Perspective."

November 1, 2023

Up to $7500 Available for Exhibits Curated by Cultural and Heritage Organizations in Oregon

Oregon State Capitol
By Stacy Nalley

The Oregon State Capitol has long displayed exhibits from entities throughout the state. The Capitol History Gateway (CHG) Program allows storytelling in “the People’s Building” through revolving exhibits that are curated through vetted cultural and heritage museums and organizations. The Oregon State Capitol Foundation is financially supporting the curation of exhibits for up to $7500 per organization.

Drummers

May 5, 2023

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture Exhibit

Oregon State Capitol
By Stacy Nalley

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture presents “The Nez Perce in Oregon: Removal and Return” now through June 30. This virtual exhibit will be available to explore through the Oregon State Capitol website (oregoncapitol.com) as part of the Capitol History Gateway program. This digital presentation was funded by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

April 13, 2023

A Channel Full of Insight

Oregon State Capitol
By Stacy Nalley

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation funded production of oral history videos that are posted on the Oregon State Capitol YouTube page. This month, five new videos were listed to the Oral Histories playlist. Those videos include the 1973 Session, the 1967 Beach Bill, Senator Hector Macpherson, Legislative Administrator Scott Burgess and photojournalist Gerry Lewin.

Spring Break Passport to Fun

March 8, 2023

Spring Break Passport to Fun

Oregon State Capitol
By Stacy Nalley

Seven downtown locations have joined together to create “Spring Break Passport to Fun”, which offers activities for the family during spring break week, March 27 to April 1. The Oregon State Capitol, State Capitol State Park, Willamette Heritage Center, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, World Beat Gallery, Deepwood Museum, and the City of Salem Library have teamed up to offer families a fun and free, or discounted, way to fill the week off school with activities. “Spring Break Passport to Fun” is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

Gov. Withycombe plaque

March 1, 2023

Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol

Oregon State Capitol
By Stacy Nalley

Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol, taking place this year on March 18, was created to celebrate the cherry blossom trees on the Capitol Mall, and organically became a celebration of the Japanese cultural influence in Oregon due to the significance of the cherry blossom (Sakura) to their community. This is the first in-person Cherry Blossom Day since 2019, due to the pandemic. There will be free and family-friendly activities in State Capitol State Park on the Capitol Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gov. Withycombe plaque

Sept. 22, 2022

Wanted: 27 Oregon governors’ portraits

By Claire Withycombe, Statesman Journal

Gov. Withycombe plaque

Sept. 22, 2022

Elleda Wilson: What’s in your attic?

By Elleda Wilson, The Daily Astorian

Gov. Withycombe plaque

Sept. 22, 2022

In One Ear: What’s in your attic?

By Elleda Wilson, The Astorian

Gov. Withycombe plaque

Sept. 22, 2022

Wanted: 27 portraits of Oregon governors

By Leonard Parker, LocalToday

Gov. Withycombe plaque

Sept. 22, 2022

What’s In Your Attic?

Salem Business Journal

Jim Toler, Susan Ehrman and Louis Sloss

Sept. 16, 2022

What’s In Your Attic?

Willamette Living Magazine

Salem, Ore. – In an effort to help preserve our state’s history and make it accessible to Oregonians, educators, art enthusiasts, history buff and others, the Oregon State Capitol Foundation is launching the Governors’ Portraits Search to locate and catalog missing portraits of former Oregon governors.

“We know many oil paintings of territorial and state governors were lost when the Capitol burned in 1935, but we also know some of them were saved from the fire,” said Joan Plank, Capitol Foundation Board member.

April 21, 2022

Capitol History Gateway Program wins Oregon Heritage Excellence Award

State of Oregon Legislative Administration
Stacy Nalley, 503-986-1391

Salem, Ore. – The Capitol History Gateway (CHG) Program has been named as one of three winners of a 2022 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award. The Oregon Heritage Commission reviews the projects and programs nominated annually and awards recipients based on a specific set of criteria.

The CHG Program is a broad, multi-year program that focuses on Oregon’s heritage, diversity and access to democracy. Components of the program entail exhibits – both static and revolving; public events; tours – both guided in-person and virtual, as well as an all-virtual experience in multiple languages; a speaker series; and a digital welcome center.

The Visitor Services staff, under the direction of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Administrator, build and implement the program, with funding support from the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

March 31, 2022

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