Other Public Events at Champoeg


Exploring Oregon’s Heritage: Oregon’s 159th Birthday Party and a Celebration
of the 175 anniversaries of the Oregon Trail and the Historic Vote at Champoeg

Salem, Ore. – Put on your favorite pair of frontier pants and join us at the Oregon State Capitol on Saturday, February 17, between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Experience pioneer life during the state’s 159th 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 and test your 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 with the Oregon Pioneer and Dr. John McLoughlin, the Father of Oregon.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an interpretation of the historic vote at Champoeg by the House Chambers where the mural depicting that scene is hung. This is the 175th anniversary of that historic event, and of the Oregon Trail.

The newly preserved Oregon State Constitution will be on display in the East Galleria starting on the actual birthday, February 14th, and will be displayed through the celebration. 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. You can see a promotional video of the event at below or check out the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/546175345726064/.

For more information on the 159th birthday celebration call Visitor Service at 503-986-1388 or visit the events page at www.oregoncapitol.com.