STATEMENT OF SUPPORT
George Floyd, Breonna Tayler, Ahmaud Arbery – the latest names on a tragic and growing list of Black Americans who have lost their lives to systemic racism.
Eugeneans and Oregonians have taken to the streets – with their brothers and sisters across our Nation – to decry the fatal outcomes from pervasive racial injustice and inequality. We stand with them and call upon local, state and national leaders to wipe out systematic racism and bring about justice and equality for all.
From his earliest days in the United States Senate, Wayne Morse worked to deliver this Nation’s freedoms and constitutional guarantees to its Black citizens and decried the brutality against their struggle. He was a Vice President and Board Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for over 20 years. He joined the 1963 March in Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which he celebrated as the greatest public demonstration he’d ever seen. “One which brought together people from every corner of America and from all walks of life for a common purpose.”
Today we are witnessing August 28, 1963, repeated every day on streets in cities and towns throughout America.
Wayne Morse commended the 1963 marchers: “This was not a mob organized to intimidate Congress. It was a section of America exercising its right under the Bill of Rights peaceably to assemble and petition for redress of grievances.” He charged, “The Congress of the United States is now on trial.” He chastised his colleagues for being too concerned with the revolution of rising expectations abroad while “ignoring and suppressing a revolution of rising expectations here at home.”
Today Wayne Morse would be marching again and calling on all Americans to stop ignoring the systematic racism and injustice which inflict our Nation.
Today Wayne Morse would charge that not only Congress, but all our governmental and societal institutions, are on trial.
We look to Wayne Morse’s principled voice as a guide to our work at his Farm. We will continue to explore more fully how his legacy can afford answers to the struggles and problems we face today.
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 May Historic Preservation Month Open House. In addition, COVID-19 has restricted capacities at the Morse home and the picnic shelter and may impact rentals and tours for awhile. You can, however, still visit the Wayne Morse Family Farm to walk the trails which Wayne Morse and his family enjoyed and to exercise your dog at the designated, fenced Off Leash Dog Area in the lower east pasture where Morse exercised his champion horses in an oval riding ring. A sign on the fence near the parking lot and family home offers a brief history about Morse, his family and farm.
Further Morse and Eugene history can be experienced on two tours:
- 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.
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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