Picnic Time in the Park

The Crest Drive Neighborhood Association (which spans  a wide berth) held its annual neighborhood potluck picnic at the WAYNE MORSE FAMILY FARM on August 17, 2014. It was well attended and enjoyed by neighbors and guests. The neighborhood board planned a variety of activities for the young and “young-at-heart” alike. The afternoon included neighborhood info and gift basket raffle, potluck picnic, acoustic music performed by four different groups, kids’ activities, and tabling by local organizations. To connect with CDCA, visit their website/blog or follow them on twitter.

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CDCA picnickers were entertained by neighborly conversation and acoustic bands. Photo: Rachael Young.

 

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Morse “War No More” Commemoration

On August 9, 2014 the Wayne Morse Family Farm hosted “War No More,” a collaborative community event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Wayne Morse’s courageous “No” vote opposing the Tonkin Gulf Resolution to send troops to Vietnam.  The event included tours of the historic home featuring the political cartoons exhibit highlighting Senator Morse’s opposition to the Vietnam War, three educational teach-ins about the economic, spiritual, and psychological costs of war and the effects on veterans and their families and the war resistance by GIs, a fabulously fun “Celebrating Dissent Fashion Show” telling some of the story of the 1960s and expressing today‘s challenges that we face, along with music, poetry, a children’s peace flag art project, and ice cream.

Many thanks go to our guests, performers, sponsors, endorsers, and WMHPC board members:

Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC)
Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation
WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions)
Beyond War Northwest
Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics
ESSN/jwj (Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network/Jobs with Justice)
Veterans for Peace Chapter 159
Eugene PeaceWorks
Eugene Peace Choir
The Raging Grannies

WMHPC Morse Scholarship Table

WMHPC Morse Scholarship Table

Teach-In

Teach-In

Civil Rights Movement intertwined with Anti-War Movement

Civil Rights Movement intertwined with Anti-War Movement

Bomb Gown

Bomb Gown

Deep Pockets

Deep Pockets

Raging Grannies

Raging Grannies

Eugene Peace Choir

Eugene Peace Choir

Sing-a-Long

Sing-a-Long

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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:
Bi-Mart
Full City Coffee and Palace Bakery
Market of Choice
Metropol Bakery
Passionflower Design
Prince Puckler’s Ice Cream
Rhythm & Blooms
Sweet Life Patisserie

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WMHPC Board Members Larry Perry and Darelle Baker greet Open House visitors

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WMHPC Board Member Harriet Behm (l) leads one of informative history tours

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Morse Open House visitors enjoy music and refreshments in the park setting

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Kutsinhira performs for Open House visitors

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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