Oregon's Landmark Legislation

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Oregon has repeatedly led the nation in creating, revising, and implementing laws shaping the quality of life of its citizens. While Oregon’s innovations have evoked controversy, they have charted the course for other states and nations.

The 16 panels in this traveling exhibit highlight groundbreaking legislation that Oregon has passed since Statehood either by Politician, Legislative Action, or Public Initiative.

Arranged chronologically, the window panels present legislation that focuses on environmental, social, and land use issues.

Landmark Legislation in Oregon

Kerry Tymchuk talked about some of Oregon’s landmark legislation, and the people behind it.

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2017 LCV Cities Tour” in Portland, Oregon, from May 6-12 to feature the history and literary life of the community. 

Hosting the Exhibit

The exhibit is available for rental and interested parties can contact Tara Cole, Museum Services Coordinator, at 503.306.5223 or tara.cole@ohs.org for rental inquiries.

Explore the Exhibit

The panels are free-standing tabletop displays or wall-mounted. 


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Exhibit Content Developers


Dr. Stephen Dow Beckham


Erica Stevenson Boyne
Jessie McClendon
Amanda Tillstrom

Exhibitor Resource Links

Oregon Department of Forestry offers limited resources but is committed to helping spread the word about fire prevention, forest health and the history of Oregon’s forests.

Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation provides personnel and programs with slides and hands-on materials related to forests.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality website includes information on recycling and the history of the DEQ.

Bureau of Land Management, Oregon/Washington provides a history of land management including tribal land management.

U.S. Forest Service offers a kids activity page: that features ideas for “Backyard Conservation,” “Gardening,” and “NatureWatch” among others.

Smokey the Bear has a website and resources including a K-2 Teacher’s Guide and a Smokey Bear Activity Book.

Encourage kids to bicycle safely while having fun by staging a Bike Rodeo:

Lead a student activity, chosen from a list of ideas

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Special Thanks to the Following Contributors to this Exhibit

  • City of Portland Archives
  • North Portland Multimedia Center
  • The Oregonian Archives
  • Oregon Historical Society Davies Family Research Library
  • Oregon State University Archives
  • Portland State University Rutherford Collection
  • Thomas Robinson