During the Convention

A composite of historical images
Top to bottom: jury members; gold miners; female factory workers; Oregon map; The Dalles buildings.
Sixty men gathered in the courthouse in Salem to take an important step in the direction of statehood for Oregon. But what kind of state would Oregon be? How would it develop economically? And who would they exclude from its future? These questions would be central to the debates that began on that historic August day in 1857.