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Oregon's 163r​d Birthday and Anniversary of Statehood


We’d first like to acknowledge the many tribes and bands who call Oregon their ancestral territory and honor the ongoing relationship between the land, plants, animals and people indigenous to this place we now call Oregon. We recognize the continued sovereignty of the nine federally recognized tribes who have ties to this place and thank them for continuing to teach us how we might all be here together.​ 

On February 14, 2022 Oregon celebrates its 163rd year of statehood. This year, we have a number of cultural and heritage organizations, as well as some of Oregon's tribes, that have provided online activities and learning opportunities for the public. We are also recognizing 100 years of Oregon State Parks. Please explore the links and activities provided for you below. 

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, the Oregon State Capitol Foundation​ for their continued support of this programming. ​


Thank you to our partners!

American Imaginations, Interpreters
Anvil Academy
Aurora Colony
Brooks Historical Society
Capitol Community Media
Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw
Confederated Tribes of Siletz
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Coquille Indian Tribe​
Curtis Heritage Education Center
Deepwood Museum and Gardens
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Fred Meyer
Friends of Pioneer Cemetery
GeerCrest Farm
Gilbert House Children's Museum
Girl Scouts
Klamath Tribes
Mt. Hood Territory​
McLoughlin Memorial Association​
Old Time Fiddlers Association
Oregon Black Pioneers
Oregon Department of Education​
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department​

Oregon State Capitol Foundation​
Philip Foster Farm
Polk County Historical Society
Salem Multicultural Institute and Worldbeat Festival
Willamette Agate and Mineral Society
Willamette Heritage Center
Willamette Master Chorus​
Willamette Valley Genealogical Society
Yamhill County Historical Society

Join Lisa Sumption, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director, in wishing Oregon a happy 163rd anniversary of statehood, and celebrate 100 years of state parks.


Last year the Willamette Master Chorus recorded "Oregon, My Oregon" -- our state song, with newly updated lyrics. Enjoy this virtual version which allows singers from their own home to join in ensemble.


The Coquille Indian Tribe has been part of Oregon's fabric since time immemorial. One of the tribe's honored traditions is the potlatch. Watch the video below to learn more!


Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani shares his thoughts about and a poem written for the state park centennial. Here he considers the connection between people and Oregon’s special places, and between all the people who have called these lands home.


The first place winner of this year's "Why I Love Oregon" Essay Contest is Natalie Dillon from Schirle Elementary School in the Salem-Keizer Public School District. Enjoy her recital of her essay, "It's Easy to Love Oregon."


Oregon State Parks: The first 100 years.


In this 10-minute mini-documentary, produced by the Friends of the Pioneer Cemetery, you will be able to picture "The First Step Toward Oregon Statehood."


Enjoy this short video showing blacksmithing at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center.

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Learn about the history of waterpower in Salem. Watch the video below to learn how to make your own waterwheel at home and harness the mechanical energy from flowing water.
Win a FREE Willamette Heritage Center Household Membership!
Watch our "Waterpower" video and take a picture of the waterwheel you made. Then share your waterwheel with us by liking the Willamette Heritage Center on Facebook and tagging us using @WillametteHeritageCenter. Winners will be announced March 1, 2022.


Our favorite photos from 100 years of Oregon State Parks.

Join Park Ranger John Graham inside the State Capitol as he shares the story of how one small town named Champoeg became the site of one of the most important votes in the history of Oregon.

Discover the history and significance of many of the monuments, park features, and special plants and trees at State Capitol State Park on a virtual tour with park rangers Miranda Mendoza and John Graham.

In this short video from GeerCrest Farm and Historical Society, you will learn a little bit about how Governor Theodore Geer went about finding the site of the historic 1843 vote at Champoeg, which determined our fate as a United States territory.

Enjoy this video by the Brooks Historical Society on heritage roses of Oregon.

State Parks are Special. Timeless. For everyone.
In this 6-minute video you will learn more about how!​