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Historical exhibit coming to Brown House

The Brown House in Stayton will be one of just 12 sites to host an Oregon Historical Society exhibit on lawmaking milestones of the state Legislature.

The Brown House will be open for exhibit touring on July 9, July 23 and July 29. On Sunday, July 9 from noon to 2 p.m. the exhibit will be available for viewing during the house’s regular second Sunday open house.

A special open house to show the exhibit will be held on Sunday, July 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Also, the house will be open during the Santiam Summerfest on Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We are fortunate to be able to bring this curated exhibition from Portland to Stayton,” said Steve Poisson, vice president of the board of the Santiam Heritage Foundation, which operates the Brown House. “It is rare for the Canyon to experience such high-quality productions, but it is the type of programming Santiam Heritage Foundation is working to provide.”  

The Brown House is one of just 12 sites that will host the exhibit, which consists of 16 panels that describe laws that Oregon has passed since statehood. The panels are arranged chronologically.

“Oregon has repeatedly led the nation in creating, revising, and implementing laws shaping the quality of life of its citizens,” reads a flier for the exhibit, called “Oregon’s Landmark Legislation.” “While Oregon’s innovations have evoked controversy, they have charted the course for other states and nations. This exhibit highlights groundbreaking legislation that Oregon has passed since statehood and includes legislation that focuses on environmental, social, and land use issues.”

Admission for the Brown House events is $5 per person, with those under 18 admitted free. Private tours also can be scheduled by reserving and paying 14 days in advance of your visit. The minimum fee for private tours is $25.

Admission includes the exhibit and a docent-guided tour of the 1903 Queen Anne style Brown House at 425 N. First Ave., on the corner of W. High Street in Stayton.

For more information go to, email [email protected] or call. 503-769-8860.

Oregon Historical Society Exhibit 

Exhibit includes 16 panels that describe laws that Oregon has passed since statehood.

When – Noon – 2 p.m. July 9, July 23 and July 29

Where – The Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton

Cost – $5/person; under 18 are free

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