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 Senate Chamber Mural

​The mural in the Senate Chamber is titled "Bringing the News to Salem March 17, 1859."   The mural, painted by Frank H. Schwarz in 1938, shows the scene in Salem on March 17, 1859, when news of Oregon's statehood was first announced to the people of Oregon.  The details in the mural capture the essence of early Oregonians.






 Senate Chamber Friezes

​The friezes above the Senate Chamber are known for the names of the 69 notable individuals who influenced Oregon's early days.   Also in the friezes, however, are paintings symbolizing Oregon's western pioneer roots and abundant wildlife, particularly Oregon's birds.