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Steiner Exhibit: Swedish Cabins - The Legacy of Henry St​einer and Fogelbo Virtual Exhibit

For most Americans, the log cabin represents the American frontier. The log cabin also tells the story of Swedish immigration and innovation in the United States. In the Pacific Northwest, the story of the Swedish log cabin lives on through the legacy of craftsman, Henry Steiner. In the 1920s through the 1950s Steiner and his family built around a hundred cabins and other structures. Nordic Northwest has one of these very cabins on its campus: Fogelbo. A National Historic Site, Fogelbo is a perfect example of the craftsmanship and style of Henry Steiner.

This exhibit, presented by Nordic Northwest, was awarded a Capitol History Gateway Exhibit Sponsorship in 2022, which is funded by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Please explore the panel below and use the menu in the upper left to navigage between scenes! 


The Capitol History Gateway Interpretive Center Experience: We Are Oregonians - Our Shared Heritage

Picture of BannersOregon's multiple cultures have mingled to create a singular state – one that is recognized for its vision and its boldness around the world. 

Picture of sculpturesLocated on the first floor of the Capitol, this exhibit 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.

Capitol Art Collection

Picture of a staircaseThe astounding Capitol Art Collection was the first funded by Oregon's Percent for Art legislation, another of the state's groundbreaking laws. Grab a self-guided tour brochure at the information kiosk and discover some of the Capitol's fascinating art treasures. The collection features work by over 150 of Oregon's finest artists. A catalog containing photos and descriptions is available for purchase.

Preview the Capitol Art Collection [pdf].

Art in the Governor's Office

Picture of people on a rooftopLocated on the second floor of the Capitol in the reception area of the Governor's Office, the Art in the Governor's Office exhibition series features the work of selected professional Oregon artists. In addition to representing the breadth and depth of artistic practice in Oregon, the program aims to highlight the cultural and geographic diversity of artists across the state.

An exhibit in the Governor's Office is considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Artists whose work has been shown in the Governor's Office include Gordon Gilkey, Sally Haley, Yuji Hiratsuka, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Henk Pander, Lillian Pitt, Michele Russo and Margot Voorhies Thompson, among many others.

The Art in the Governor's Office program is managed by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with the Governor's Office.

Photo Opportunities at Your Capitol

Photography for personal use is allowed any time the Capitol is open. Flash photography is not allowed in the Oregon House and Senate chambers during sessions. When open to the public, these spots are favorites for taking pictures:

  • Observation deck staircase
  • Observation deck
  • Front steps
  • Rotunda murals and state seal
  • Governor's Ceremonial Office
  • Sitting in the Governor's ceremonial chair
  • Looking into the Senate or House chambers
  • Looking down into the Senate or House chambers from the third floor gallery
  • Artwork throughout the Capitol
  • Governors' portraits


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Did You Know?

Over 1,200 Oregonians have participated in selecting art for public buildings like the capitol.