A yearlong series of programs and activities honoring the life and legacy of the Oregon U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield will begin at the Oregon Historical Society on Monday, July 12.
Admission will be free for the brief program beginning at the 11 a.m. opening of the original traveling exhibit titled, "The Call of Public Service: The Life and Legacy of Mark O. Hatfield." Scheduled speakers include Oregon U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, State Sen. Betsy Johnson, and OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. Antoinette Hatfield, his wife, will open the exhibit officially with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
The exhibit will remain on view in the OHS pavilion through Aug. 2 before traveling to museums, libraries and civic centers around the state, returning to OHS for the 100th anniversary of the senator's birth on July 12, 2022.
As recounted by the OHS, in a remarkable 46-year career in elected office, Hatfield earned a reputation as one of the most respected and influential politicians in Oregon's history. First elected as an Oregon State Representative in 1950 at the age of 28, he never lost an election and would go on to serve Oregon as a state senator, secretary of state, governor and a U.S. senator.
The exhibit consists of three, three-sided pop-up kiosks that highlight the issues Hatfield championed: health care, education, equal rights, the environment and world peace.
"I am one of hundreds of Oregonians who served as a college intern in Sen. Hatfield's office and am incredibly fortunate to have called him a mentor and a friend," Tymchuk said. "In these often polarizing times, let us all remember these words of Sen. Hatfield: 'All of us need each other, all of us must lift and pull others as we rise, all of us must rise together — powerful, free, one self-determined people.'"
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