ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
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STORIES WORTH REMEMBERING
Capitol history as told by the remarkable Oregonians who helped shape our state.
Adopted in 2002, the Capitol Foundation’s oral history project allows influential Oregonians to share their perspectives about their contributions to state government and the people who helped them along the way. Preserving these stories — our shared history — is important.
The Capitol Foundation has collected dozens of histories so far, most produced by historian Janice Dilg of History Built. We invite you to get to know these prominent Oregonians by watching their interviews.
You help create a living history of our Capitol and its history when you support the Capitol Foundation. Thanks to you, generations into the future will learn about Oregon’s most important stories in the voices of the people who made it happen.
Statewide and Other Elected Officials
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE BETTY ROBERTS
TREASURER BILL RUTHERFORD
“If we are going to self govern then you need people who are going to take on the responsibility to represent you […] We all need to participate in the government process, whether by voting or running for office.”
Oregon State Legislators
PRES. GENE DERFLER
SEN. TED HALLOCK
SEN. LEN HANNON
SEN. KEN JERNSTEDT
REP. GARY WILHELMS
Other Influential Oregonians
“I do know that every Oregonian from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed is touched by some function of government.”
LEARN MORE CAPITOL HISTORY
“It’s important to remember where we’ve been, where we were and that leads us to a better path of where we should go. Kids need to be instilled with the history of what has been achieved at the Capitol and a will to serve to make our state better. I was privileged to assist in getting the Oregon State Capitol Foundation up and running. It was a way to represent the people who gave their lives and talents to keeping Oregon great — we can’t forget that.”
OTHER INTERVIEWS OF OREGONIANS WITH CAPITOL CONNECTIONS
Other organizations are preserving our shared history by interviewing influential leaders with Capitol connections. Click the images below to learn about these inspirational Oregonians.
HOW YOU CAN HELP OREGONIANS LEARN ABOUT “THE PEOPLE’S BUILDING”
AND THE HISTORY THAT IS MADE THERE
Your purchase of Pacific Wonderland license plates and donations to the Capitol Foundation help expand and maintain the virtual Capitol tour. This fun and educational tool is available 24/7 year round in English, Spanish and Mandarin.
Thank you for making this project possible!