At its March meeting, the WMHPC Board hosted Mae Ngai, the 2018-18 UO Wayne Morse Chair for Law and Politics, for a discussion of the relationship between the labor movement and immigration in the United States. Ngaio is the Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and a professor of history at Columbia University in New York, as well as the author of several books. Her research focuses on immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. Ngai’s visit is in conjunction with the UO Wayne Morse Center’s 2017-19 theme, Borders, Migration and Belonging.
South Willamette Valley Snowstorm 2019
Wayne Morse Family Farm house and view of the Coburg Hills
from the WMFF park on Crest Drive, snowstorm February 2019.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Join us for the 2019 Historic Preservation Open House at the Wayne Morse Family Farm on Sunday, May 19, from 1-4 pm. We’re planning house tours, an ice cream social and some surprises! Watch this site for more details.
Wayne Morse Integrity in Politics Award 2018
The Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation selected Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden as co-recipients of the 2018 Wayne Morse Integrity in Politics Award. Honoring the legacy of Senator Wayne Morse, the award recognizes elected officials who demonstrate the highest level of integrity, and a willingness to take principled action on behalf of the public good, even at considerable political cost.
“At a perilous moment in our national project, Oregon is privileged to have you in the United States Senate,” WMHPC Board President, Johnny Earl, wrote to the award winners. He pointed out the Board believed . . . “both . . . demonstrate a clear example of Morse’s character and willingness to speak out in defense of the less unfortunate and challenge the overzealousness of the current Administration. . . [They]. . . embody the collaborative and intellectual spirit of Morse which is desperately needed as this nation faces the rapid decline of its moral fiber.”
The Wayne Morse Integrity Award plaque was presented to Senator Wyden on December 2, 2018, at his 913th Town Hall at South Eugene High School. Senator Merkley received his Integrity Award plaque at his January 3,, 2019, Town Hall at Hamlin Middle School in Springfield.
photo credits: www.wyden.senate.gov and www.merkley.senate.gov
Jazmin Tinsley, our eighth scholarship awardee, grew up near the Morse farm, and graduated from South Eugene High School. She attended Portland Community College, Lane Community College, and graduated from the University of Oregon, with majors in Family and Human Services and Planning, Public Policy and Management. In fall 2018, she started working on her Masters in Social Work at Portland State University.
While living in Eugene and other places, Jazmin stays involved in her community. On Maui, she worked for the Big Brother/Big Sister Program. In Nicaragua, she created a nonprofit for youth. Now there are 27 youth involved in the organization. She is president of the nonprofit board that funds the organization.
Currently, Jazmin works with adjudicated foster children in juvenile detention centers with goals for reintegration, working as a skill builder to comply with the law. She and her father have started a nonprofit which links youth together to mentor each other. If they do, the nonprofit will help pay for their college education.
WMHPC has been busy this year! Visit our events page to see what we’ve been doing.
WAYNE LYMAN MORSE
Wayne Lyman Morse is celebrated for his legacies of independent judgment and integrity throughout his public service as a renowned federal labor arbitrator and four-term United States Senator from Oregon. He led the University of Oregon’s School of Law for 14 years, where he was the nation’s youngest law school dean at the time of his appointment…
…The causes that Wayne Morse spoke about so eloquently continue to dominate our national debate. His words and vision provide ongoing inspiration for all who seek to carry on his commitment to public service, integrity, world peace and the rule of law.
Read more about Morse in our biography by clicking on this PDF link (22 pages/325k).
WAYNE MORSE LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation established the Wayne Morse Legacy Scholarship in 2011 to recognize and help support an Oregon student who seeks access to higher education and has demonstrated or may be inspired by the Senator’s legacies of public service, integrity, commitment to principle and independence. Seven outstanding students have been selected thus far – attending Portland State, Oregon State, the University of Oregon and Lane and Portland Community Colleges. Read more about the Legacy Scholarship program and scholarship recipients on our scholarship page.
We’re working to secure long-range funding for the Legacy Scholarship. Donors can help in two tax deductible ways: (1) Making a direct contribution for the scholarship. Contributions can be sent to Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation, 595 Crest Drive, Eugene, Oregon 97405, ATTN: Legacy Scholarship. (2) Purchasing a granite paver at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza at the Lane County Courthouse in Eugene. A 4-inch by 8-inch brick-sized engraved paver costs $250; a 4-inch by 15-inch paver costs $500; a 15-inch by 13-inch paver costs $750 and a 23-inch by 15-inch paver costs $1000. All proceeds but the engraving costs go to the Legacy Scholarship fund. Limited quantities of each size are available. For further details about pavers, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 682-5380.
FINDING WAYNE MORSE IN EUGENE
Wayne Morse Family Farm
Edgewood Farm on Crest Drive was the home of Wayne Morse and his family from 1936 to 1974. Formerly a working cattle and horse farm, it is currently a 26-acre multi-use City of Eugene Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house and farm are also supported, in interpretive and preservation efforts, by the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation. For history about the Farm and the Morse family home check our National Register page. Information about the Park including rentals of the picnic shelter and the house which are administered by the City of Eugene is available on our Park page.
Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza
The Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza honors an Oregonian whose career epitomized, for supporters and opponents alike, political integrity and courage and provides a location for thoughtful civic discourse. Amid the pavers and plaques highlighting Wayne Morse’s contemporaries and events in his lifetime, one can gain a wealth of wisdom in the quotations as well as lessons in 20th Century American history and politics. Plan a visit to the Plaza at the Lane County Courthouse, East 8th Avenue and Oak Street, Eugene. To read more about the Plaza and its history, click here.
On the Trail of the Tiger
Discover additional information on the Park and Plaza as well as other Wayne Morse sites in Eugene by downloading our tour brochure, “On the Trail of the Tiger,” PDF (2 legal size 8.5×14 pages/550k). Each site offers opportunities to learn about a remarkable Oregonian and reflect on his legacies.