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OSCF Speaker Series

Join us at your Oregon State Capitol for presentations by current and former politicians, authors, journalists, writers, and activists. These free presentations are sponsored by the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

Barbara S. Mahoney
Author of The Salem Clique
Thursday, Feb. 22, at noon in Hearing Room C

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.

The Norma Paulus Story book cover

Pat McCord Amacher and Gail Wells
Authors of The Only Woman in the Room – The Norma Paulus Story
Tuesday, March 13 at noon in Hearing Room C

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.

Bev Clarno
Former Senator and author of From Pigs to Politics – A Memoir by Bev Clarno
Thursday, March 29 at noon in Hearing Room C

“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.

The speakers will be available after their presentation to sign books, which are available for purchase at Oregon Capitol Store. The OSCF Speaker Series presentations will be streamed online at

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