The Wayne Morse Family Farm

Formerly a working cattle and horse farm, the area was the former 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 City of Eugene Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is also supported, in interpretive and preservation efforts, by the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation.

Wayne Morse Family Farm Annual Open House
The WMHPC again hosted an Open House honoring National Historic Preservation month on SundayMay 15, 2016. Visitors enjoyed historical and park information, exhibits, a children’s clue hunt, and the traditional ice cream social.

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(L) WMHPC members Larry and Darelle welcome visitors as they sign in and prepare to complete a “clue hunt” at the annual Open House. (C) WMHPC members Johnny, Marlene, Linda, and second, fromright UO Morse Center co-director Rebecca, discuss Morse’s legacy. (R) WMHPC member Harriet provides one of her informative tours in Morse’s study.

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 annually 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. Approximately 1,000 students each year have applied for the scholarship since its inception. We’re working to build an endowment for this $1,000 scholarship, ensuring its availability in coming years to deserving Oregon students.

Donors can help in two tax deductible ways:  (1) Making a direct contribution for the 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.

Non-paver contributions can be sent to Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation, 595 Crest Drive, Eugene, Oregon 97405, ATTN: Legacy Scholarship. For further details about pavers, contact us at integrity.award@gmail.com or (541) 682-5380.

Read more about the program on our scholarship page.

Finding Wayne Morse in Eugene

Use our guide, “On the Trail of the Tiger,” to discover Wayne Morse sites in Eugene by downloading this PDF (2 legal size 8.5×14 pages/550k). All offer opportunities to learn about a remarkable Oregonian and to reflect on his legacies.

Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza

Plan a visit to The Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza at the Lane County Courthouse at East 8th Avenue and Oak Street in Eugene.  It honors Senator Morse, whose career epitomized for supporters and opponents alike political integrity and courage, and provides a location for thoughtful civic discourse. There amid the pavers and plaques highlighting Morse contemporaries and events in his lifetime one also can gain a wealth of wisdom in the quotations and lessons in 20th Century American history and politics.

To read more about the Plaza and its history, click here.