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Oregon: 150 Years of Statehood; 150 Million Years in the Making

​Happening through July 29th at the Oregon State Capitol


Display panelIn 2009, Oregon celebrated 150 years as a state.  Oregon’s landscape has a much longer history — geological processes have been building the state's landscape for more than 150 million years!


The windows in this exhibit illustrate how geology crafted Oregon’s landscape and natural resources and continues to shape the land and lives of its citizens. The most iconic of Oregon’s landscapes — Crater Lake, Multnomah Falls, Newberry Crater, Steens Mountain, the Painted Hills, and so much more — display Oregon’s geologic splendor.


Display panelWe invite you to explore these 16 windows into how Oregon's landscape was assembled during the past 150 million years — and to celebrate those who learned to read the landscape before and during Oregon’s 150 years of statehood.

​The exhibit was developed by the Oregon Historical Society, in collaboration with the Oregon State University Department of Geosciences, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, Oregon Paleo Lands Institute, OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, Portland State University, and the Oregon Department of Energy.

Exhibit Content
Robert J. Lillie, Jason Kenworthy, and Shan de Silva
Oregon State University Department of Geosciences

Ellen Morris Bishop
Oregon Paleo Lands Institute

James Roddey
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries

Nancee Hunter
Oregon Sea Grant-OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center

Scott Burns
Portland State University Department of Geology