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Exploring Our Heritage: Oregon's 159th Birthday Celebration

 

Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Exploring Our Heritage -- Oregon's 159th Birthday Celebration! Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859 and to celebrate we will have costumed history interpreters, historic re-enactments, activities for children, period music, covered wagons and a stagecoach, free birthday cake while supplies last and more! A special tribute this year for the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail and the historic vote at Champoeg. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.


    

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January

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

January 2-31 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.​ State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 


Paintings from 97114 Exhibit 

Until January 31​, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Governor's Ceremonial Office

Dayton artist Richard Thompson will exhibit "Paintings from 97114" in the Governor's Ceremonial Office until January 31. Click here for more information. 


Timber Culture Exhibit 

January 29 to February 15​, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Galleria. Free.

Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center​​​'s exhibit "Timber Culture" will be on display in the Oregon State Capitol for part of Black History Month. The exhibit is an inclusive look at Oregon’s multicultural logging industry. The exhibit depicts the lives of loggers and their families drawn together from different cultures during the great migration.​ Click here ​for more information. 


 

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February

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

February 1-28 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.​ State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 


Timber Culture Exhibit 

Until February 15​, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Galleria. Free.

Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center​​​'s exhibit "Timber Culture" will be on display in the Oregon State Capitol for part of Black History Month. The exhibit is an inclusive look at Oregon’s multicultural logging industry. The exhibit depicts the lives of loggers and their families drawn together from different cultures during the great migration.​ Click here ​for more information. 

 

Oregon's 159th Birthday Party

Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free

Exploring Our Heritage -- Oregon's Birthday Celebration! Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859 and to celebrate we will have costumed history interpreters, historic re-enactments, activities for children, period music, covered wagons and a stagecoach, free birthday cake while supplies last and more! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.


 

 

OSCF Speaker Series Presents: Barbara S. Mahoney

Thursday, February 22, Noon, Hearing Room C, Free

Join author Barbara S. Mahoney and learn about the Salem Clique. 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. This is free and open event sponsored by the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation. 

 

March

 


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Tour Your Capitol and Parks

March 1 – 31 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 


 

 

OSCF Speaker Series Presents: Pat McCord Amacher and
Gail Wells

Tuesday, March 13, Noon, Hearing Room C, Free

Join authors Pat McCord Amacher and Gail Wells as they relay the fascinating story of Normal Paulus -- The Only Woman in the Room. 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.​ This is free and open event sponsored by the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation. 


Cherry Blossom Day

Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol celebrates the rich impact of the Japanese culture on Oregon and the history of the cherry industry. Come celebrate the day with exhibits, booths, music and more! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

  

 
 
 
 

Spring Break Passport to Fun! Program

March 26 to 30, 2018

 

It's back! The Spring Break Passport to Fun! program will run March 26-30, 2018. The Oregon State Capitol, State Capitol State Park, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette Heritage Center and  State Archives have partnered to bring free activities to families. You can enter to win a prize basket at any of the locations. For more information, call Visitor Services at the Capitol, 503-986-1388.


 

OSCF Speaker Series Presents: Bev Clarno

Tuesday, March 29, Noon, Hearing Room C, Free

Join author and former Oregon Speaker of the House Bev Clarno as she discusses her book From Pigs to Politics. "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," Senator Betsy Johnson.​ This is free and open event sponsored by the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation. 


 

April



Capitol Mall in Spring

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

April 3 – 28 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 

 

Salem Veterans of Foreign Wars #661 Uniform Display Museum

April 2-21, Free

This annual exhibit is one of the Capitol's most visited.  Every year Salem's VFW displays newly acquired uniforms in the Galleria. This year's exhibit features 60 uniforms, including a husband and wife team, a WWI Medal of Honor winner and an Imperial Japanese Army WWII uniform. For more information on this exhibit, please call Tom Vanderhoof with VFW #661 at 503-589-9376.    

Take Your Child to Work Day

Thursday, April 26​, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Oregon State Capitol has a Take Your Child to Work Day fun pack available for this year's event. A walking tour brochure of State Capitol State Park, a park scavenger hunt sheet, and a state seal scavenger hunt sheet are all available at the Information Kiosk. Families can also go on a self-guided building tour. SORRY -- NO TOWER TOURS are available this day.

 

Exploring Oregon's Heritage: Asian and Pacific Islander Day at the Capitol

Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Asian and Pacific Islander Day at the Capitol celebrates the rich impact of the many diverse cultures of this large geographic areas peoples to our state. Come celebrate the day with exhibits, performances, booths, music and more! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

 

May

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

May 1 – 31 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, subject to guide availability due to school tours (please call in advance.) Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free.    

This Place Matters Exhibit 

May 14-31​, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Galleria. Free.

The Salem Historic Landmarks Commission sponsored and will install this exhibit in honor of Historic Preservation Month, May 2017.  The photos on display highlight Salem's historic buildings, neighborhoods and places that matter to Salem residents. 

 

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June

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

June 1 – 30 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, subject to guide availability due to school tours (please call in advance June 1-13.) Free. Tower Tours start on June 19! Visit the Oregon Pioneer, tours start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, weather permitting. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 

 

Make Music Salem

June 21​, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. FREE.

Make Music Day Salem celebrates a diverse range of music with free concerts at numerous locations throughout downtown. For more information about the line up planned, click here.​

 

 

July

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

July 1 – 29 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Tower Tour to visit the Oregon Pioneer start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, weather permitting. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 

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August

 


Tour Your Capitol and Parks

August 1 – 31 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Tower Tour to visit the Oregon Pioneer start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, weather permitting. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 

 

HOOPLA

August 4 and 5

HOOPLA returns! This is not a Capitol-sponsored event, or an Oregon State Capitol Foundation event. HOOPLA does take place in front of our building though! For more information on HOOPLA, please see their website.



September

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

September 1 – 30 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Tower Tour to visit the Oregon Pioneer start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, weather permitting. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 


 

Hispanic Heritage Day

Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

The Capitol celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Hispanic people and their impact on Oregon. Festivities include booths, music, dancing and more. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.


October

 


 

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

October 3 – 31 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 


 

Oregon's Bounty
Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free​

Capitol Galleria/State Capitol State Park Event will showcase the variety of crops harvested in Oregon and shared with the world. Families are encouraged to learn about the significance of agriculture through sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. This will be a free, fun learning event for kids and adults with lots of hands-on activities and displays. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.​


November

 


              

Tour Your Capitol and Parks

November 1-30 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.​ State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. 

A Tribute to Veterans

Friday, November 9, Noon to 2 p.m.   Free

Pay tribute to our military veterans at our annual event. This year we will be dedicating a new plaque at the Oregon Medal of Honor Memorial, and MOH recipient Robert Maxwell will be present. For more information on this event, please contact Visitor Services at 503-986-1388.



Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tuesday, November 27, 5:30 p.m. Free

Help kick off Holidays at the Capitol with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. A musical performance will transpire from 5 to 5:30 p.m. before the tree lighting ceremony begins. This fun-filled night delights families with a visit from Santa, the Grand Tree coming alive with lights, a model railroad train, free refreshments and more! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

 


 

Holidays at the Capitol

November 28-December 22 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Free

The Capitol Rotunda is filled with sounds of the season with visiting choirs throughout the state. There is chair seating available and Capitol holiday decor is sure to add to your visit!  This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

 

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December

 



Tour Your Capitol and Parks

December 1-30 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free

No guided building tours in the month of December. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.​ State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free.

Holidays at the Capitol

Through December 22 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Free​ 

December 18-22, daily performances are limited as schools are no longer in session. Please refer to schedule for performance times.

The Capitol Rotunda is filled with sounds of the season with visiting choirs throughout the state. There is chair seating available and Capitol holiday decor is sure to add to your visit! This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

 


 

Oregon Capitol Store for the Holidays

25% off Holiday Decor 
                        

Come by to see a vast array of the Oregon gourmet foods and beverages that our Oregon Capitol Store carries. Create a small or large gift basket with your choice of delicious treats! Or get some new holiday decor, which is now on sale for 25% off. 



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