Exhibits in the Oregon State Capitol
Trails to Oregon Statehood
Curated by Stephen Dow Beckham
A Unity of Action and Design
Curated by Marsha Matthews
On display in the Oregon State Capitol until January 31, 2014.
The new state capitol exhibits feature eight windows on the early history of Oregon and the context within which state government evolved from Wolf Meetings in 1843; Provisional Government 1843-1848; Territorial Government 1848-1859; and Statehood 1859. Curated by Dr. Stephen Dow Beckham, historian for the Oregon Blue Book, and retired history professor, Lewis and Clark College, the windows also explore Cayuse Indian War, citing the state capitol, Oregon laws and statutes, and the constitutional convention. The windows present a lively examination of the early development of state government that continues to shape Oregon today.
The other eight windows, curated by Marsha Matthews, retired Director of Museum Services, Oregon Historical Society, depict the fire the burned the state capitol almost to the ground in 1935, the competition for the new state capitol design, and the art that was created by Ulric Ellerhusen, Frank Schwarz, Barry Faulkner, and Leo Friedlander that graces the state capitol's front steps, hallways, rotunda, and House and Senate chambers. One window looks toward the current State Capitol Master Plan that the 77th Legislature will be reviewing in 2013.