Click the image above to visit the event calendar where you’ll find information about upcoming events, exhibits, and building tour information for the Oregon State Capitol. Listings include Oregon State Capitol events, Capitol History Gateway events, and projects of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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 oregonlegislature.gov.
For more information about the 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.
Recent Foundation Accomplishments
We are so very grateful to you for your investment in the Oregon State Capitol Foundation. We are excited to to share our annual report showcasing the highlights of 2016-2017 with you.
Claire Phillips Memorial
The Oregon State Capitol Foundation proudly honored a spy, actress, and patriot at the unveiling of the Claire Phillips Memorial.
Claire Phillips, a stage actress and singer who grew up in Portland, is noted for heroism as a spy and humanitarian during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II. She ran a nightclub for enemy personnel in occupied Manila, secretly using the profits to buy and smuggle food and medicine to starving American soldiers in Japanese prisons. Convicted of espionage and sentenced to die, she was rescued by Army Rangers when Manila was liberated in 1945.
Phillips was decorated with the Medal of Freedom in 1948 by General Mark Clark and later honored by Oregon Gov. Douglas McKay and Portland Mayor Dorothy McCullough Lee. Her wartime memoir, Manila Espionage, became the basis for the Hollywood feature film, I Was An American Spy.
Historic Senate and House Chair Sale
The Oregon State Capitol Foundation’s recent fundraiser offered an unprecedented opportunity to own a piece of Oregon history. Groundbreaking legislation – including the Oregon Beach Bill – took place in the Capitol during the use of the historically significant Senate and House desk chairs which were sold by the Foundation in early 2017. Proceeds from chair sales will be used by OSCF to benefit Oregonians and all who visit our beloved Capitol. Thank you to everyone who stood up to take a seat.
We Are Oregonians Exhibit Display in Galleria
Oregon’s multiple cultures have mingled to create a singular state – one that is recognized for its vision and its boldness around the world. The new Capitol History Gateway display, which premiered in January 2017 in the Capitol Galleria, highlights some of the diverse cultural traditions that have influenced our state.
The exhibit also showcases information about other museums and resources in Oregon that expand our understanding of these cultures. Scheduled to run for about two years, this exhibit will give way for a new display featuring additional cultural and ethnic groups important to our state. A Capitol History Gateway project sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, the displays introduce Capitol visitors, state employees and those regularly doing business in the building, to the richness of Oregon’s history. The exhibit also builds awareness about the resources available throughout our state that expand our understanding of our multilayered history.
Three New Flagstones Installed on the Capitol Mall
The Oregon State Capitol Foundation was the presenting sponsor of the installation of new county flagstones in the Capitol Mall. The Foundation worked collaboratively with Association of Oregon Counties and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to recognize three counties that were incorporated into current counties including: Champooick District that became Marion County, Twality District that became Washington County, and Umpqua County that is now a part of Douglas County.
We hope you enjoy viewing them on your next stroll through your beautiful Capitol Mall.
Photo Opportunities at Your Capitol
Photography for personal use is allowed any time the Capitol is open. Flash photography is not allowed in the House and Senate chambers during sessions. When open to the public, these spots are favorites for taking pictures:
- Front steps.
- Rotunda murals.
- State seal.
- Governors’ portraits.
- Governor’s ceremonial office.
- Artwork throughout the Capitol.
- Looking into the Senate or House chamber main entry door.
- Looking down into the Senate or House chamber from the third floor gallery.
- Observation deck staircase.
- Observation deck.
Attend OSCF-sponsored events to take photos with #TheOregonPioneer.