September 22, 2017

Today in History: Oregon

Mt. Hood from the Columbia River
Today in History–August 14–the Library of Congress features Oregon, which Congress named a territory on this day in 1848. The territory was massive, encompassing present-day Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and parts of western Montana and Wyoming. The smaller state of Oregon joined the union in 1859. Learn more about Oregon by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary sources.

Oregon stories from America’s Library

Bungled Borders in the Pacific Northwest (Part 1) Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps blog June 13, 2016

Travels to & through Oregon After Lewis & Clark, Rivers, Edens, Empires online exhibition

Oregon primary source set

Oregon images

Oregon maps

Oregon sheet music

WPA Life Histories from Oregon

Arrah go on, I’m gonna go back to Oregon” (song recording)

Oregon books & articles

Oregon historical newspapers

Oregon legislation

Oregon Guide to Law Online

Learning from the Source: Primary Source Trail of Western Emigration

Primary Source Spotlight: Oregon Trail

Primary Source Spotlight: North American Fur Trade

Today in History: Western Missionaries & Native Americans

More U.S. state primary source collections

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