HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2021!
We all look forward to a healthy and peaceful 2021. Help your community and the world by following easy, basic safety guidelines during this pandemic, and encourage others to do so, too. Stay home and stay safe, wear a mask, keep at least six feet apart from others, wash your hands and touch-point surfaces, get immunized when available, be mindful of others’ well-being, and be patient.
The Wayne Morse Family Farm, a City of Eugene park, is not currently operating regular rental events, except for a few limited teen and fitness classes approved by REC, but the trails and dog park are open – both of which require masks and distancing. The Morse house is not currently open for visits, but you can read more about Wayne L. Morse and the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation on this website.
More WMHPC news is forthcoming. Please check back in the coming weeks.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION 2020
HISTORY AND POLITICS COME ALIVE AT WAYNE MORSE FAMILY FARM PARK!
We’re disappointed COVID-19 prevented us from holding our annual Historic Preservation Open House at the Wayne Morse Family Farm and has temporarily closed the Morse home to rentals and tours. The Park itself remains open. Come by for a visit on the grounds!
Walk the trails which Wayne Morse and his family so enjoyed. Exercise your dog in the fenced Off Leash Dog Area in the lower east pasture where Morse trained champion horses in an oval riding ring. Find a quiet place to enjoy a book as the Morse daughters liked to do. For a brief history about Morse, his family and farm, check out the sign on the fence near the family home.
You can experience more Morse – and Eugene – history on the two tours below, at the Mims Houses, and at the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House.
- On the Trail of the Tiger, travels around Eugene and the University of Oregon, offering opportunities to learn about a remarkable Oregonian and reflect on his legacies. Download our tour brochure PDF (2 legal size 8.5×14 pages). Information about the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in downtown Eugene is available by clicking here.
- A ramble around the Crest Drive neighborhood with some nearby historic homes. See PDF: Welcome to Wayne Morse Family Farm and Historic Homes of the Crest Drive Neighborhood . Please note all homes are private and not open to the public.
- The Mims Houses, in the East Skinner Butte area, served as safe houses for African American travelers from 1948 to 1966 when there was race separation in Eugene. In 2017, Wayne Morse’s long service for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and commitment to civil rights were recognized by the Eugene/Springfield NAACP with a plaque at the Mims Houses. Call for information about visiting. (541) 484-1119.
- Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, in the south Skinner Butte area and our sister historic house museum, is considered an unofficial city history museum, with tours, exhibits and virtual programs available. Plan a visit at https://smjhouse.org.
As you travel through the Farm and around Eugene, remember to observe all health and safety guidelines and restrictions. We want everyone to stay safe and healthy.
Our biography about Wayne Morse explores his role in Oregon and our nation’s history. Click on PDF link (22 pages).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.
Our National Register page offers historical details about Edgewood Farm, where Morse and his family lived from 1936 to 1974.
Wayne Morse Family Farm Park
Formerly a working cattle and horse farm, the Morse family’s Edgewood Farm is now a 26-acre multi-use City of Eugene Park. Interpretive and preservation efforts at the Park are supported by the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation. Information about the Park including rentals of the picnic shelter and the house is available on our Park page.
WAYNE MORSE LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP
The Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation established the Wayne Morse Legacy Scholarship in 2011 to recognize Oregon students who seek access to higher education and may be inspired by the Senator’s legacies of public service, integrity, and commitment to principle and independence. The outstanding recipients have attended Portland State, Oregon State, the University of Oregon, Western Oregon University and Lane and Portland Community Colleges. Read more about the Legacy Scholarship program and the scholarship recipients on our Scholarship page.
HISTORIC PROPERTIES OF OREGON
Historic Properties of Oregon is a coalition of over 30 Oregon historic house museums organized in 2018. It aims to improve opportunities to attract visitors interested in history and historic preservation to the sites and to tell the Oregon story. Brochures are available at any of the historic properties, including the Wayne Morse Family Farm and the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House in Eugene, and at Visitor Centers throughout the state. Further information is available at this link.
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