Oregon's 150th Birthday

On February 14, 2009, the State of Oregon will turn 150. The tagline for Oregon’s sesquicentennial is "Sustain the Spirit".

On February 14, 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state in the United States of America. Although Oregon’s sesquicentennial is on the 14th of February, the State of Oregon will be celebrating throughout the entire year. Here's what Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski said:

"In 2009, Oregon will celebrate 150 years of statehood.  The sesquicentennial will be a unique opportunity to honor our past and all of the people who created the quilt of natural beauty, urban and rural communities, diverse economy, and original thinking that we call Oregon.  But just as important, our 150th birthday is a chance to look forward and share with each other our hopes and dreams for Oregon’s future.”

The 150th birthday celebration is so important to Oregon that its state legislature even passed a resolution (#47) encouraging Oregonians to actively get involved. Here's the text of the measure:

"Whereas Oregon is rich in Native American culture and tradition that long preceded Oregon's admission to the Union and the arrival of trappers and settlers from the United States and other countries; and

Whereas Oregon was admitted to the Union on February 14, 1859; and

Whereas Oregonians will commemorate Oregon¢s sesquicentennial on February 14, 2009; and

Whereas, since joining the Union, Oregon has attracted and provided inspiration to generations of dreamers and innovators whose creative ideas have included pioneering laws such as the initiative and referendum, worker protections such as the eight-hour work day, women¢s suffrage, direct popular election of United States Senators, the bottle bill and public ownership of ocean beaches; and

Whereas creative Oregonians have also launched great business and technological innovations, from the oscilloscope to the world¢s fastest computer chip to the waffle sole; and

Whereas Oregonians prize their glorious natural environment and lead the way toward sustainable practices, both economic and environmental; and

Whereas Oregonians have always looked to the future, even as they commemorate Oregon's past; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon:

That we, the members of the Seventy-fourth Legislative Assembly, in special legislative session assembled, encourage Oregonians to actively commemorate what it means to be an Oregonian by exploring Oregon's past, celebrating Oregon¢s present and imagining Oregon's future."