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Annual Open House Set for Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 1-4pm


2016 LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED

 At the October 2016 WMHPC Board meeting, the sixth Wayne Morse Legacy Scholarship was awarded to Shianne Walker of Eugene. Shianne attended Lane Community College, before transferring to the University of Oregon in Fall 2016.

A member of the Klamath Tribe, Shianne plans to become a social worker and potentially work with the tribe. At LCC, she co-chaired the Native American Student Association (NASA), which has championed Chinook Wawa, a language used from the Rocky Mountains west as a trade language. NASA fundraised to keep the language program alive at LCC, and it also is now being taught at Oregon State University.

Raised in Eastern Oregon, Shianne found it impossible to consider college when she was younger because of her family’s economic situation. In her scholarship essay, she spoke eloquently of the importance of expanding educational opportunities for marginalized students. “I am committed to advocating for greater educational opportunities in my own community. People of color continue to be underrepresented in higher education and, as a Native American, this is an area of my focus. From personal experience, I know that higher education can be daunting and isolating for those who don’t feel they have a voice in the dominant society. Upon the successful completion of my education, I plan on finding a position where I can help other marginalized students reach their educational goals. “

The WMHPC honors Shianne’s commitment to improved educational opportunity for her community.


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. 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.


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.