A Century of Wonder: 100 Years of Oregon State Parks

“Vista House and Columbia River Gorge from Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint.” Photograph by Peter Marbach.

  • Family-friendly
  • Teachers
  • Researchers
  • Handicap Accessible Friendly

For 100 years, Oregon State Parks have provided spaces for recreation and enjoyment in various natural environments across the state. In celebration of the centennial of the state parks system, which was commemorated in 2022,  the Oregon Historical Society commissioned photographer Peter Marbach to document the beauty and geographic diversity that can be found throughout Oregon’s natural spaces.

This traveling exhibit highlights a selection of Marbach’s contemporary photographs, showing numerous ways that Oregon State Parks have preserved natural and historic sites for Oregonians and visitors to appreciate for many years to come.

Book A Century of Wonder Today!

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation, all OHS traveling exhibitions are free to rent through 2022 (usually $250 per month plus shipping).

Other rental details include:

Insurance: Coverage of $2,500 is required.

Shipping: Exhibition may be picked up and dropped off at the Oregon Historical Society or shipped by courier.

Size: 20 pictures with French cleats, one introductory panel, one credit panel.

Weight: The exhibit includes two Pelican cases. Total weight approximately 100 lbs.

Download the one sheet for rental information.

Interested in booking A Century of Wonder? Please contact Tara Cole, Museum Services Coordinator, at 503.306.5223 or tara.cole@ohs.org for rental inquiries.

Artist Statement from Peter Marbach:

During normal times, creating art on demand can be incredibly challenging. There is no guarantee that on the day I venture out to create an exhibit-worthy image, all the elements of what makes a compelling composition will be present. It can often take days, or many weeks, until warm light, shadows, [and] clouds all align in one decisive moment of unspeakable beauty.

But these are not ordinary times. The anxiety of COVID, extreme weather, smoke from wildfires, and park closures forced me to rise to the moment. This two-year journey taught me much about staying resilient, focused, and determined to not lose faith that I would accomplish what I was asked to do.

It is my hope this exhibit inspires people to seek out the gifts of joy, beauty, and healing that time spent in these treasured parks always provides.

Generously Sponsored by:



The Artist Would Like to Thank