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Featured Event: U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Whistle Stop at the Oregon State Capitol

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On Tuesday, November 13 , from 10 a.m.​ to noon we will be hosting a "Whistle Stop" for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
This is a fun, free and family-friendly event featuring:

                  • 80 foot Noble Fir tree from the Willamette National Forest on display
                  • Photo opportunities with Smokey Bear and JR Beaver 
                  • Choral performance at 10:30 a.m. by the Sonshine Christian School Choir
                  • Public invited to sign the Christmas Card to the Nation
                  • and more!


 


    

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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 until November 12. 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. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

Exhibit: World War I -- An Oregon Perspective

November 1 to 14, Galleria, Free

In 1914, a complex web of secret alliances, long-simmering grudges, widespread unrest and other unique circumstances finally collapsed in on itself, and the world descended into total war. Called the "war to end all wars," World War I would feature fearsome new weapons and technology, ultimately claiming the lives of over 10 million people — about one-third of them civilians. Like all states and nations, Oregon would have a role to play. There are many stories from our state of courage and devotion that could be told. Contained in this exhibit are only a few. '100 Years of Oregon Veterans' is a cooperative partnership between the Uniform Display Museum/VFW Marion Post 661, the Oregon Secretary of State's Office and the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.​ This exhibit is sponsored by the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation. 



Jovencio De La Paz's "Every Stitch in the World of Flames" in the Governor's Ceremonial Office

Until November 29, Free

Jovencio De la Paz explores how textile processes—such as weaving, dye and stitchwork—intersect with broader concerns of language, histories of colonization, migrancy, ancient technology and speculative futures. Confronting issues of embodiment and disembodiment, his current work employs a hand-operated digital TC2 Jacquard loom to create textiles that exist between the physicality of cloth and the ephemeral states of digital. His work in "Every Stitch in the World of Flames" capitalizes on the lineage that unites hand-looms, punch-card Jacquard looms and IBM's early punch-card computers. The resulting textiles are familiar in their tactility and surface, but alien in their digital geometries and pixelated distortions. For more information, see www.oregonartscommission.org. ​


A Tribute to Veterans

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

Pay tribute to our military veterans at our annual event. The presentation of the colors, a choral performance, an exhibit, and a speaker series presentation will be on this year's program.


A Benefit Concert for the Oregon State Capitol Foundation​

Friday, November 9, 7:30 to 9​ p.m.   Senate Chamber, For tickets please visit http://oregoncapitolfoundation.org/​.

Thomas Lauderdale, Hunter Noack and friends will perform the first full-length concert ever played in the Oregon State Senate chamber. This history-making event is funded by the non-profit Oregon State Capitol Foundation, which recently donated a new piano to the chamber on behalf of all Oregonians.​ General admission tickets cost $50​. For more information contact the Foundation at 503-363-1859.




 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. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

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 

                        

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.


 


 

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. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.


 

             



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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. ​Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.​​

 

OSCF Speaker Series Presents: Dede Montgomery "My Music Man"

Thursday, February 14, Noon in Hearing Room. Free.

Dede Montgomery brings her personal family history to the Capitol in the telling of her book "My Music Man." Montgomery will also weave in stories of her family roots which trace back to William Willson (man that named Salem, and namesake of Willson Park.) ​ This talk will also be streamed online at www.oregonlegislature.gov. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.


Oregon's 160th Birthday Party

Saturday, February 16, 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.



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. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival

March ​

 

The Salem Theatre Network will hold its third annual Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival in March in Salem. The three-day event features 15 performances and five workshops in six venues across the city. The Salem Theatre Network is an alliance of 12 theater organizations with the mission of supporting, promoting, and uniting theatre communities in and around Salem. The festival brings together all the network's member organizations and theater lovers in a three-day celebration of all things theater. Visit  https://salemtheatrenetwork.org/​.​

Cherry Blossom Day

Saturday, March 16, 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 25 to 29, 2019

 

It's back! The Spring Break Passport to Fun! program will run March 25-29, 2019. The Oregon State Capitol, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette Heritage Center, World Beat Gallery and Salem Art Association 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. 


 

April



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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. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

 

Salem Veterans of Foreign Wars #661 Uniform Display Museum

DATES TBD,  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 25​, 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. Minimal activities are available at the Information Kiosk. Families can also go on a self-guided building tour, volunteers will be stationed throughout the building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. SORRY -- NO TOWER TOURS are available this day.

 

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

Saturday, April 27, 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. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

   

This Place Matters Exhibit 

May 20-31​, 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. 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. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.


 

 

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 Tours 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. Please call ahead to see if Tower Tours are planned as usual, 503-986-1388. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.​


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. Please call ahead to see if Tower Tours are planned as usual, 503-986-1388Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.

 

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 around the building though and will close off Court Street in front of the building between July 31 to August 5. The Capitol is still open for regular business and tours! For more information on HOOPLA, please see their website. ​


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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. Please call ahead to see if Tower Tours are planned as usual, 503-986-1388​. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.


 

Our Shared Heritage: Multicultural Day at the Capitol - We Are All Oregonians

Saturday, TBD, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

 The Capitol celebrates the many diverse cultures that make up the rich heritage of Oregonians. 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 5, 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.​


 

 

Our Shared Heritage: Hispanic Heritage Day at the Capitol

TBD, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

The Capitol celebrates the contributions and cultures of the Hispanic populations in Oregon. Festivities include booths, music, dancing and more. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.​
 




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