"Overall, Oregon Voices is an innovative, edgy and thought-provoking exhibit. It pushes visitors to think about historical and contemporary issues in new ways, and consider how they relate to other visitors, community members and Oregonians. The post-war period was a turbulent and creative time for the state, and by presenting these contrasts, Oregon Voices captures this environment."
–Dana C. Whitelaw, PhD, Vice President Programs, Margaret B. Lee, PhD, Curator of Western History High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon
The exhibit is a continuation of the Oregon My Oregon story. In this contemporary history, the exhibit features the actual voices of Oregonians expressing their opinions, recollections, or questions. Even more importantly, the visitor has a voice that is heard. They vote on topical questions, create their own video montages, and video recordings of their personal history or opinions. The fact is that, although Oregonians seldom, if ever, unanimously agree on an issue, they are not complacent, and they favor proactive change.
Winner of the 2013 Leadership in History Award of Merit by the American Association of State and Local History. The award is presented for “exceptional and meritorious work by the organization and/or new and promising ideas, approaches and innovation that serve as a model for the field.”
"Oregon Voices” exhibit has been selected as a 2013 Leadership in History Award of Merit winner. The American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Awards is the nation’s most prestigious competition for recognition of achievement in state and local history. The award is presented for “exceptional and meritorious work by the organization and/or new and promising ideas, approaches and innovation that serve as a model for the field.