Sunday, July 30, 2017, 2 to 5 PM
Eugene – Springfield NAACP Office
Mims House, 330 High Street, Eugene

Wayne Morse was a maverick in the United States Senate with a strong commitment to follow his own beliefs and principles about what he thought to be right for our country. He was willing to take a stand in opposition to what others in his party were thinking about the direction this country should follow. One of his greatest legacies was standing with the NAACP from his earliest days in the Senate to find justice for the disadvantaged Black citizenry in this nation. This came from a Senator who represented a state with less than one percent of Black Americans living in it.

Through 24 years in the Senate, Wayne Morse stood with the NAACP and its efforts to promote and protect the rights guaranteed in the Constitution to all Americans. He joined the NAACP in 1946 at the invitation of Walter White, a NAACP leader. Senator Morse went on to serve on the NAACP Board of Directors and as a National Vice President.

The WMHPC and the Eugene-Springfield NAACP plan to recognize Wayne Morse and celebrate how one person can make a difference in the lives of many. This July a photo plaque recognizing Wayne Morse’s service for the NAACP and the cause of civil rights will be dedicated at the Eugene-Springfield NAACP office. The plaque will offer future generations the opportunity to see that one doesn’t have to be a person of color to fight against injustice to others. Forty five years after his death Senator Morse remains a mentor for all Oregonians.

Please join us for the celebration!


Again this summer at the Eugene Public Library, the WMHPC will present a six week display about an aspect of life at the Morse Family Farm. Our 2017 display, “Reading at Edgewood Farm,” will run from July 16 to August 31 in the first floor children’s section of the Library.

Reading was a highly valued activity of the Morse family. Wayne and Mildred Morse often read books with their daughters who passed their love of reading to their own families. Some of the daughters’ favorite childhood books will be featured in the display. Drop by the Library to enjoy our display as well as others from MUSE (Museums of Springfield and Eugene).

WMHPC has been busy this year! Visit our events page to see what we’ve been doing.


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).



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. Six 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 integrity.award@gmail.com or (541) 682-5380.


 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.