Join the Oregon Civil War Sesquicentennial as their volunteers conduct guided tours of the Civil War-related heritage art in downtown Portland. The next one will take place on Sunday, March 30 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The tour is free of charge and open to the public and will start at the base of the Lincoln Statue in the South Park Blocks. Subsequent tours will take place on the following Sundays, April 6 and April 13, 2014 at the same time.

Oregon is home to many heritage pieces connected to the Civil War, reflecting the post-war diaspora that brought almost 20,000 Civil War veterans to our state, where according to Oregon Civil War Sesquicentnnial co-founder K.C.Piccard, "the Civil War veterans set down roots, raised families and through their hard work contributed to the growth and prosperity of our young state." The tour will start at the Lincoln Statue located in the South Park Blocks at "Lincoln Square" between SW Madison and Main and Park Avenue, just north of the Oregon Historical Museum and will continue east to Lownsdale Square.

This guided tour commemorates the upcoming 149th Anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln taking place nationwide this April 14-15, and also brings attention to the upcoming Oregon Historical Society's blockbuster exhibit on Abraham Lincoln entitled "Two Years, One Month: Lincoln's Legacy" opening on April 12.

This long awaited exhibit takes an in-depth look at Lincoln’s monumental presidency between two historic points: the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Congressional passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Special thanks are extended to the Mark Family Collection and the Shapell Manuscript Foundation for loaning items to this exhibition, and to a person who supported our organization's mission when we were Lincoln Bicentennial Commissioners for Oregon: Lincolniana collector Melvin "Pete " Mark.

For more information, please check out our monthly calendar of events posted on, contact the Oregon Historical Society at (503) 222-1741 or contact the Oregon Civil War 150th Commission through our websites and