This just in from the Oregon State Capitol:
We are celebrating Oregon’s 160th birthday, Saturday, February 16th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm! THIS EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE!
Our Shared Heritage: Celebrating Statehood Day with the 160th Birthday of Oregon
Join us at the Oregon State Capitol on Saturday, February 16, between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to experience living history during the state’s 160th birthday party. Pound on an anvil and test your blacksmithing skills, have a conversation with Dr. John McLoughlin as you arrive off the Oregon Trail, help build a log cabin, learn about the Native peoples of the land of Oregon, and test your knowledge and skills at many other stations. All activities are free, and you are invited!
There will be music, costumed historic interpreters, games, free birthday cake while supplies last, a pioneer wagon, a stagecoach, and photo opportunities galore.
The Oregon State Constitution will be on display in the West Galleria and members of State Archives will be on hand to discuss the document and its history. There will be an exhibit of winning essays from the Salem Keizer School District “Why I Love Oregon” essay contest.
This event is part of the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.
Statehood day is on February 14, but in order to open the building and give access to the public on a weekend, the birthday is celebrated on the closest Saturday to the actual day of Statehood.
For more information on the birthday celebration call Visitor Service at 503-986-1388 or visit the events page at www.oregoncapitol.com.
-Covered wagons on display
-Live costumed historic interpreters
-Performances by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association
-Original State Constitution on display
-Birthday cake, while supplies last
-Activities for the entire family
-Why I Love Oregon essay exhibit
A listing of our event partners for 2019:
Fred Meyers birthday
Secretary of State Archives Division–Oregon Constitution on display
Yamhill County Historical Society
Old Time Fiddlers
McLoughlin House and Fort Vancouver
Salem Keizer Education Foundation
Willamette Heritage Center
Polk County Historical Society
Oregon Parks and Rec. Department – Champoeg State Park
End of the Oregon Trail
Western Oregon Center for Geography
Willamette Valley Genealogical Society
Friends of the Pioneer Cemetary
Gilbert House Museum
Warm Springs Tribe (TBD)
Conf. Tribes of Grand Ronde
Conf. Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw
Salem Keizer Public Schools Transportation
PGE — Green Mountain Renewable Energy
Philip Foster Farm (TBD)
Check out the Facebook Event Here