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A composite of historical images
Top to bottom: John McLoughlin greets newcomers; 1857 Salem newspaper; territorial capitol; westward progress; John McBride.


Welcome to Crafting the Oregon Constitution — an exhibit that explores the development of the Oregon Constitution, particularly events surrounding the 1857 constitutional convention. In the process, it examines life, politics and important issues in the years before and after the convention. It also looks at how the constitution has evolved during the more than 150 years since the convention.


Introduction — Get a bird's eye scope and content view of this web exhibit

Before the convention — Experience life in Oregon in the decades before 1857

During the convention — Learn about the convention's delegates and issues

After the convention — Trace life in the new state and explore amendments

Learn more — Expand your research with trivia, quizzes, transcripts and more


Use the > link at the bottom of each page to move through the exhibit in sequence. Or, use the sidebar to find tables of contents for each section.