[Heritage] Governor announces launch of Oregon statehood sesquicentennial
Heritage.Info at state.or.us
Wed Mar 14 07:56:41 PST 2007
Salem -- Governor Ted Kulongoski officially launched preparations today for the
150th anniversary of Oregon's admittance into the Union. The celebration
will begin February 14, 2009 and last through the fall of 2009.
"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,"
the Governor said. "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
To prepare for Oregon's 150th birthday, the Governor created Oregon 150, a
nonprofit organization, led by 30 motivated citizens from across the state
serve as its Board of Directors. The goal of this volunteer Board is to
inspire people across the state to remember, experience, and celebrate
Oregon and, together, create a robust and sustainable future.
"This milestone birthday celebration should encourage Oregonians to explore
the fascinating history and rich bounty that makes our state so special,"
said Barbara Sidway of Baker City, newly elected President and Chair of
The Board's mission statement is supported by a strong set of values,
including ensuring that Oregonians across the state of every age, income,
and ethnic background participate in the sesquicentennial, and that the
sesquicentennial will contribute to the welfare of Oregon through
sustainable legacies in our communities.
"Although the Oregon 150 Board will help guide critical program and funding
decisions for our 2009 sesquicentennial, my vision is for community
organizations, schools, town and tribal governments, and individual citizens
on the local level to come up with ideas and plan celebrations that fit
their needs," said Governor Kulongoski. "Oregon's 150th birthday should
reflect the rich diversity and history that has shaped who we are today."
The full roster of the Oregon 150 Board, including 29 citizen Board Members
and 40 ex-officio members. For more information about the group, including
their mission statement, visit: www.oregon150.org.
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