Selected Windows on Oregon’s Geology

Oregon: 150 Years of Statehood, 150 Million Years in the Making will be traveling to the following locations in 2013:

  • March 2013: Lebanon Public Library
  • April 2013: The Dalles-Wasco Public Library
  • May 2013: West Linn Public Library
  • June 2013: Stayton Public Library
  • July 2013: Siuslaw Public Library


Please contact the location for specific exhibition dates.


In 2009, Oregon celebrated 150 years as a state.  Oregon’s landscape has a much longer history — geological processes have been building the state's landscape for more than 150 million years!

The windows in this traveling exhibit illustrate how geology crafted Oregon’s landscape and natural resources and continues to shape the land and lives of its citizens. The most iconic of Oregon’s landscapes — Crater Lake, Multnomah Falls, Newberry Crater, Steens Mountain, the Painted Hills, and so much more — display Oregon’s geologic splendor.

We invite you to explore selected windows into how Oregon's landscape was assembled during the past 150 million years — and to celebrate those who learned to read the landscape before and during Oregon’s 150 years of statehood.

Hosting the Exhibit

Available at no cost to Oregon public libraries through July 31, 2013, thanks to underwriting by a Library Services and Technology Act grant!


The exhibit is available for rental and interested parties may choose to borrow all of the windows or a selection. The windows are free-standing or wall-mounted. If you would like more information about borrowing this fascinating exhibit, including date options and estimated costs, please contact: Nicole Yasuhara, 503.222.1741.

Explore the Exhibit

The exhibit is divided into four main subjects: Assembling Oregon, Volcanoes of Oregon, Geological Resources, and Geology and People. Click on one of the four mini-exhibits below to learn more. A selection of these windows are on view at the Oregon Historical Society.


The exhibit was developed by the Oregon Historical Society, in collaboration with the Oregon State University Department of Geosciences, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, Oregon Paleo Lands Institute, OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, Portland State University, and the Oregon Department of Energy.

Evaluate the Exhibit

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Exhibit Content Developers

Robert J. Lillie, Jason Kenworthy, and Shan de Silva
Oregon State University, Department of Geosciences

Ellen Morris Bishop
Oregon Paleo Lands Institute

James Roddey
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries

Nancee Hunter
Oregon Sea Grant–OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center

Scott Burns
Portland State University Department of Geology

Sponsored by:

James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation
The Samuel S. Johnson Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation

Oregon State University College of Science
Oregon State University Advancement Office

Assembling Oregon
Volcanoes of Oregon
Geological Resources
Oregon on Shaky Ground: Earthquakes and Landslides
Geology and People
Exhibitor Resources