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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. 

 

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Kitsuke Exhibit at World Beat Gallery

February 1 to May 17, 2017,  Free
                        

As part of the Cherry Blossom Day celebration, the World Beat Gallery, 189 Liberty St. NE, is hosting the exhibit "Kitsuke: The Art of Wearing Kimono." Translated simply as a thing to wear, the kimono is so much more! Come explore the art and craftsmanship of the iconic Japanese garment and learn the secrets of kitsuke. Learn more about the exhibit here.

 

Oregon Black Pioneers "All Aboard" Exhibit

Until February 3, 2017,  Free
                        

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- The Oregon Black Pioneers presents "All Aboard," a compilation of pictures and artifacts taken from the 2013 Oregon History Museum exhibit of the same name. It tells the story of African Americans in Portland who worked in the railroad industry beginning in the late 1800s and the vibrant community that grew up near Portland's Union Station. By 1941 over 98% of African American men in Portland worked for the railroads. This is their story.  


 

Mid-Valley Political Cartoon Exhibit

February 7 to March 9,  Free

For more than 60 years, Salemite Murray Lincoln Wade (1876-1961) was a fixture at the Oregon State Capitol. Not a politician or lobbyist, Wade used art to document every Oregon State Legislator and many state officials. His caricatures offer a humorous and unique insight into people and issues running Oregon's government during the first half of the 20th Century. Cartoon of Romeo Gouley, 1933, by Murray Wade, courtesy of Willamette Heritage Center, 94.17.4.

 

Howard Fonda "Les premiers seront les derniers" Exhibit in Governor's Office

Until March 9, Free
                        

The Oregon Arts Commission presents Howard Fonda's "Les premiers les derniers" (translation from French is "the first will be the last") Exhibit in the Oregon State Capitol's Governor's Office. Fonda's works, which often feature human, animal and other natural forms against colorful and loosely patterned dabs of bright colors and undulating lines, are both playful and serious, safe and perilous.

 

 

Oregon's 158th Birthday Party

Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Oregon's Birthday Celebration! This is the first event in a week of activities to celebrate the birthday of our great state. 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!

 

Costumed Interpretive Program

Monday, February 13, Noon, Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Oregon's Birthday Celebration! Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859 and to celebrate we are having a week of activities.​ Monday at noon in the Galleria join Miss Pringle, a reporter for the Oregon Statesman in 1910, as she interviews T. T. Geer, Oregon's 10th governor and first governor to be homegrown. Governor Geer is known now as the bicycling governor for his constant use of a bicycle to ride from his home in the Waldo Hills to Salem when he was speaker of the house and governor. He was involved with the reorganization of the state highway system, changing to use the popular vote for select state officers and promoting the adoption of the initiative and review process, known across the nation as ​the Oregon system. 


 

Oregon State Constitution on Display

Tuesday, February 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Oregon's Birthday Celebration! Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859 and to celebrate we are having a week of activities. The State Archives will be bringing the Oregon Constitution to the Capitol Rotunda and having it on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

 

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Sounds from the Oregon Trail

Wednesday, February 15, Noon, Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Oregon's Birthday Celebration! Join us to hear sounds from the Oregon Trail with fiddler Truman Price. Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859 and to celebrate we are having a week of activities. Truman Price is Oregon's leading scholar and performer of music of the Oregon Trail era. Truman has given hundreds of successful live performances, typically framed in relevant bits of Oregon and song history. He and Jane Keefer released a CD entitled Songs of the Oregon Trail. Starts at noon in the Capitol Rotunda.

 

Speaker Series: Author Jane Kirkpatrick

Thursday, February 16, Noon, Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Oregon's Birthday Celebration! Join us to hear author Jane Kirkpatrick as she retells stories of historic Oregon! Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859 and to celebrate we are having a week of activities. Jane Kirkpatrick will be giving a lecture and signing her books afterward in front of the Capitol Store. Starts at noon in Hearing Room E.  

 

Speaker Series: Author RC Marlen

Friday, February 17, Noon, Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Oregon's Birthday Celebration! Join us to hear author RC Marlen as she retells stories of historic Oregon! Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859 and to celebrate we are having a week of activities. RC Marlen will be giving a lecture and signing her books afterward in front of the Capitol Store. Starts at noon in Hearing Room C.​ 

 

 

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. 

 

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Cherry Blossom - themed Art Exhibit at CCTV

March 1 to April 28, Free
                        

As part of the Cherry Blossom Day celebration, Capital Community Television is partnering with Salem's local Artists in Action group to present a Cherry Blossom-themed art exhibit in March and April. Local artists' work will be available for viewing and for purchase throughout the month at  CCTV, 575 Trade St SE. The exhibit's free opening reception will be held March 1st, 5-7 p.m., to kick off the installation of the group's decorated Japanese parasols that can be found at local downtown businesses. For more information about this event, contact CCTV at (503)588-2288.   

Speaker Series: Senator Mae Yih 

 Thursday, March 9, Noon, Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Womens' History Month. Join Senator Mae Yih, who made history in 1976 when she became the first Chinese-American woman elected to a state legislature in the United States, for a short talk in hearing room C starting at noon. After her talk, she will be signing her new book, "East Meets West," in front of the Capitol Store.


 

Cherry Blossom Day

 Saturday, March 18, 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!

  

 
 
 
 

Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival

 March 17 to 19, download Festival Information.pdf

 

In addition to Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol, the Salem Theatre Network has collaborated to put together the Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival. For tickets, go here or call 503-485-4300. 


 

Speaker Series: Governor Barbara Roberts

Thursday,  March 23, Noon, Free

Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Womens' History Month. Join Governor Barbara Roberts who served as the 34th Governor of Oregon from 1991 to 1995 as she discusses her journey to Capitol. She was the first woman to serve as Oregon governor, and the only woman elected to that office until 2016. Roberts, a democrat, was also the first woman to serve as majority leader in the Oregon House of Representative. She also won two terms as Oregon Secretary of State, and served in local and county government in Portland. She will be speaking at noon in hearing room C and signing her book, "Up the Capitol Steps," in front of the Capitol Store directly after. 

          
 
 

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. 


 

 

Oregon Poetry Association: Student Poetry Contest

April 10-28​, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Galleria. Free.

All students in public, private, parochial and home schools are welcome to participate in the Oregon Poetry Association's annual Student Poetry Contest. This year's winners were just selected and are on display in this exhibit.

Take Your Child to Work Day

Thursday, April 27​, 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.

 

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.          

 

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. 

 

This Place Matters Exhibit 

June 1-15​, 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. 

 

Make Music Salem

June 21​, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Front Steps, FREE.

Make Music Day Salem celebrates a diverse range of music with free concerts at numerous locations across town. The front steps of the Capitol will be host to four acts throughout the day. 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.

 

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. 

Eclipse Weekend Tours

August 19 – 20,  Free​​​

Come visit us the weekend prior to the great eclipse of 2017! We are one of the 5 capital cities that will be able to see the eclipse in its totality. On Saturday and Sunday we will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and you are welcome to take a self-guided building tour at anytime.

Saturday times: Guided Tower Tours at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

Guided Building Tours at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Sunday times: Guided Tower Tours at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. sold out, 11 a.m. sold out, noon sold out and 1 p.m.

Guided Building Tours at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. sold out, 11:30 a.m. sold out, 12:30 p.m. sold out and 1:30 p.m.

Eclipse Concert

August 19,  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Free​​​

The Salem Philharmonia Orchestra will be performing an hour-long space-themed concert on Saturday in the Capitol Mall. Bring a blanket, a lawn chair, and a picnic lunch and enjoy an hour of amazing sounds from a talented orchestra. 

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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. 


 

The Art of Oregon Elders Exhibit

August 26 – September 8 (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) Free​​​

Leading Age Oregon brings its collection of winning entries for this year's Ageless Art exhibit. The collection consists of 40-50 pieces and will be displayed in the Galleria. 


 

Hispanic Heritage Day

Saturday, September 16, 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.


  

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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 7, 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.

                

​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. 

                                              

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tuesday, November 28, 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!

 


 

Holidays at the Capitol

November 29-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!  

 

 

 
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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! 

 


 

Oregon Capitol Store Open House

TBD
                        

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!

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. 

 

    

         

    

 
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