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Celebrate Oregon’s 161st Birthday with Free Admission to the Oregon Historical Society, Feb. 14 and 15
February 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until February 15, 2020
Join the Oregon Historical Society for Oregon Statehood Day. The two-day celebration of Oregon’s 161st birthday begins at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 14 and includes birthday cake, music from the Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers, and remarks from OHS leadership and special guests including Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kaufory and former governors Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongoski.
The Oregon Historical Society is also proud to host the University of Oregon Ducks’ 2020 Rose Bowl and Pac-12 Championship trophies for a special limited display on Feb. 14 and 15. In the Ducks’ eighth Rose Bowl appearance, the team prevailed over the University of Wisconsin Badgers in a 28-27 victory on Jan. 1.
The festivities continue on Saturday, Feb. 15, with birthday cake served at 1pm along with a special performance by GRAMMY award-winning trombonist Denzel Mendoza. Mendoza, who moved to the U.S. from Singapore when he was five years old, recorded the Grammy-winning album “American Dreams: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom,” along with more than 50 other “DREAMers” – young people who qualify for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Following the performance, visitors are welcome to read stories of other Oregon DREAMers in our current exhibit DREAMs Deferred, curated by local non-profit The Immigrant Story.
Admission is free on both Feb. 14 and 15 and includes museum exhibits and viewing the Rose Bowl and Pac-12 Championship trophies; museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the museum’s permanent exhibit, Experience Oregon, which will mark its first anniversary on Oregon’s birthday. Also on display is National Geographic’s’ Greatest Photographs of the American West, an exhibition of 75 iconic and rare photographs chronicling the epic grandeur of the region.