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About the images—top to bottom: McLoughlin greets newcomers, 1857 Salem newspaper, territorial capitol, westward progress, John McBride.

This exhibit 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 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
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About the images—top to bottom: McLoughlin greets newcomers, 1857 Salem newspaper, territorial capitol, westward progress, John McBride.

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