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Annual Open House

Thanks to our guests, performers, sponsors, donors, and WMHPC board members, the annual Wayne Morse Family Farm Open House, held Sunday, May 18th, 2014, was a festive afternoon – despite typical Oregon cloud bursts. Honoring National Historic Preservation month, the event included tours, history, a political cartoons exhibit highlighting Senator Morse’s opposition to the Vietnam War, a showing of OPB’s “Wayne Morse” Documentary, and the children’s Kutsinhira marimba band, and refreshments.

A special thanks to our refreshment and decor donors:
Full City Coffee and Palace Bakery
Market of Choice
Metropol Bakery
Passionflower Design
Prince Puckler’s Ice Cream
Rhythm & Blooms
Sweet Life Patisserie





The Wayne Morse Family Farm, formerly a working cattle and horse farm, was the family home of Oregon Senator Wayne Morse who served in the U. S. Senate from l944 to1968. It is currently a 26 acre multi-use Eugene City Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Open house is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation.

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Wayne Morse Legacy Scholarship 2013 Winner

The Wayne Morse Legacy Scholarship Committee named Dylan McDowell, a senior at Oregon State University who grew up on the Oregon coast in Yachats, as the 2013 scholarship recipient. He was honored at a reception at the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation during the board’s Sunday, October 13, 2013 meeting at the Morse Family Farm in Eugene.

McDowell is a senior at Oregon State University, having earlier graduated from Waldport High School where he also took on-line courses through Chemekata Community College. Majoring in both Fisheries and Wildlife Science and in Education he plans to focus on disseminating scientific information in understandable terms to the general public. A writer for OSU’s Terra Magazine which connects readers with research happening throughout the university, he has published several articles featuring OSU scientific research and developed an OSU science podcast.

. McDowell credits an interest in community service to growing up in the small town of Yachats where beginning in the fifth grade he was able to actively participate in civic affairs as a member of the local Youth Council. They were encouraged to create proposals and present them to the City Council, resulting in the creation of a community garden, a food pantry, and other local programs. McDowell adds, “The community in Yachats really taught me the power of working together to achieve a common goal. I was able to participate in many projects throughout the town as I grew up, and learned a lot along the way. I was really fortunate to have the support that I did.”

The Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation established the Wayne Morse Legacy Scholarship in 2011 to recognize and help support an Oregon student who has demonstrated or may be inspired by the Senator’s legacy of public service, integrity, strong principles and independence.

It is funded by the sale of inscribed paving stones in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza and by private contributions.

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