The Call of Public Service: The Life and Legacy of Mark O. Hatfield

Governor Mark Hatfield and Antoinette Hatfield celebrate at his campaign headquarters after winning the governorship, November 7. 1962. OHS Research Library, bb011059.

August 1 – October 2, 2022

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OHSU Mark O. Hatfield Research Center
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Portland, Oregon 97239
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In a remarkable 46-year career in elected office, Mark O. Hatfield earned a reputation as the most respected and influential politician in Oregon’s history. First elected as an Oregon State Representative in 1950 at the age of 28, Hatfield never lost an election and would go on to serve Oregon as a state senator, secretary of state, governor, and a United States senator.

The Call of Public Service: The Life and Legacy of Mark O. Hatfield is a traveling exhibit that focuses on the lasting impression the senator had on Oregon and the nation. The exhibit consists of three, three-sided pop-up kiosks that highlight the issues Hatfield championed: healthcare, education, equal rights, the environment, and world peace.

Mark Odom Hatfield was born in Dallas, Oregon, on July 12, 1922. The son of a blacksmith and a schoolteacher, Hatfield grew up in Salem, Oregon, and received degrees from Willamette University and Stanford University before joining the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, Hatfield returned to Willamette University as an administrator and professor of political science. Hatfield married Antoinette Kuzmanich in 1958, and the two would become the parents of four children.

As a United States senator, Hatfield would reach the height of influence as the chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee from 1981 until 1987, and again from 1995 until 1997. Identifying that Oregonians had a history of paying more in taxes than they received in federal services, Hatfield skillfully secured millions of dollars to fund improvements to Oregon.

Hatfield retired from the Senate in 1997 and returned to Oregon to teach and lecture at various colleges and universities. Mark O. Hatfield passed away on August 7, 2011, at the age of 89.

Upcoming Showings

November 1, 2022  – January 5, 2023

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute
47106 Wildhorse Blvd
Pendleton, OR 97801

Book The Call of Public Service 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 $1,500 is required.

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

Size: Each kiosk is 6' 11" high and 3' 11" wide. One case measures 51" (L) x 31" (W) x 10" (H).

Weight: Case weighs approximately 92 lbs. when full. Kiosks weigh 18 lbs when collapsed.

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Interested in booking The Call of Public Service? Please contact Tara Cole, Museum Services Coordinator, at 503.306.5223 or for rental inquiries.

Press Coverage

Exhibit remembers late Senator Mark Hatfield, July 12, 2021

Former state and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield would have turned 99 years old today. Jon Goodwin shows us an exhibit that honors Hatfield’s career in public service.