Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sepia Saturday 215: 2014 February 15 -- Oregon Statehood, February 14, 1859

    The theme image for  this week features a picture postcard view of Jamaica Street, Glasgow (from the National Gallery of Scotland stream on Flickr Commons). Reaching for connections?  My granddaughter is going to the University in Glasgow. Interesting to me, but no relevant pictures and not really on theme. As with our Sepian masters, the thing that came to my mind when I first saw the image was the crowds  -- horses.  And we have a topic that probably only relates in my mind - crowd in a street scene.  Of course, crowd is a relative term..







OREGON, THE 33RD STATE IN THE UNION


A Mural in the Senate Chambers at the State Capitol
Courtesy of Oregon State Archives

Frank H. Schwarz painted this street scene of Salem where a crowd gathered on February 14, 1859 to received the news that Oregon had become the 33rd state in the Union.  The excitement was high both in Salem and the Willamette Valley, as well as throughout the rest of the sparsely settled state.  As I said,  a crowd of people is a relative thing.

To fully appreciate this mural, one really has to view it in the Senate Chambers in the Capitol in Salem as shown below:

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Now wander on over to see what the crowd of Sepians have to offer on this February 15th.

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 © Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications


19 comments:

  1. You’re quite right - hence the old saying “Two’s company.....”.

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  2. Oh my goodness, that mural does make a difference when viewed in its place of honor. Scale, I think that's what I'm seeing...a difference in scale of the surroundings. Thanks for info about Oregon.

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    1. Indeed! When my two older grandchildren spent a day at the capitol as Honorary Pages for the Senate, they were in awe of this mural as well as the other murals and sculptures throughout the Capitol.

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    1. Yes, it is interesting, especially to me as Oregon's early history is indeed part of my family's early history in Oregon. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. It's wonderful in black and white..but fantastic in color- I would love to see that in person.

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    1. Awe inspiring to stand in the Senate Gallery and just take in the history and ambiance.

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  5. The new state may have been sparsely populated, but the mural sure makes it seem like there was quite a gathering to hear the news. What a timely post to commemorate Oregon statehood!

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    1. Thanks, Jacqi. From newspaper reports, there were gathering at towns and villages throughout the state. And shortly after, the eastern part of the state, which was even more sparsely settled, was opened up for homesteading. That's where my gggrandparents went -- to homestead land.

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    1. Thank you, Alex. It is a beautiful setting, with its beautiful black walnut paneling framing the mural.

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  7. What a beautiful mural and an impressive Senate building.

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  8. What a proud moment that was for Oregon. The mural is a good reminder that history was made without buntings and fireworks.

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  9. What an honor for the artist, Mr. Schwarz, to have his painting turned into a mural in such an impressive place.

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    1. The mural is definitely impressive in the Senate chambers. I love the colors and the feel whenever I get to Salem and have the opportunity to check in at the Capitol.

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  10. Last year I did a story on my blog about a postcards of a children's band in 1915-16 Portland.
    http://temposenzatempo.blogspot.com/2013/03/hebels-cherry-bud-band.html
    The were posed in front of a state capitol which was not the one that is there today. The great fire of 1935 that destroyed the first Portland state building must have skipped this painting or maybe it was made for the new statehouse?

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  11. This is a mural painted for the new Capitol building. One of the things I love about this Capitol building is the beautiful historical murals and sculptures.
    BTW I really liked the post you did last year about Hebels and the Cherry Bud Band. Very nice work.

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