During the past few years, Oregonians have been diligently observing the key commemorative dates of the American Civil War with various statewide lectures, seminars, travelling exhibits, original concert pieces, reenactments and appearances by more than one Lincoln impersonator.

Now, the month when Lincoln uttered the immortal 272 words comprising his "Gettysburg Address" (delivered at the dedication of the cemetery) is at hand, and Oregonians across the state are staging various types of events in honor of the occasion. This will include a concert on the Willamette University campus in Salem, a Civil War entry in the Hollywood Veterans Parade, two ticketed appearances by that indefatigable Lincoln reenactor Steve Holgate, a Sons of Union Veterans Remembrance Day ceremony being held at Salem's City View Cemetery, and a "After the Gettysburg Address" lecture by Oregon Lincoln Bicentennial Commissioner Frank Krone. 

Seven score and ten years later, Americans across the nation are still resolving "that these dead shall not have died in vain," and Oregonians are continuing to take part in the national observance of Lincoln and his immortal words of destiny. Here is the Oregon Civil War 150th report of events for November 2013 leading up to the "Gettysburg Address 150th Anniversary week in Oregon" :

Saturday, November 9, 2013: Salem, Oregon. 7pm (ticketed event). Willamette Master Chorus at the Willamette University campus is presenting a concert of Civil War music entitled " A Just and Lasting Peace." Wilmar Kohne has put together a program in which compositions from the 1860s will be featured. The concert under the baton of Guest Composer Reginald Unterseher will take place at Hudson Hall at Willamette University, and tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for veterans. Dramatic readings by long time Civil War recreators Bill and Carla Coleman, who created "The Haunting War" and other memorable multi-media programs about the Great Conflict. The program is repeated at a 3pm matinee performance on Sunday at Hudson Hall. Call (503)585-6778 for more info, or check out the beautiful website at www.willamettemasterchorus.org

Saturday, November 9, 2013, Eugene, Oregon. 6:30pm (ticketed event). As a Lane County Historical Society fundraiser, Steve Holgate will talk about the "Gettysburg Address" as part of the topics covered in this special "Town Hall Meeting with Abraham Lincoln." Period music will be provided by the Old Time Fiddlers Association. Jaqua Concert Hall, 285 E. Broadway, Eugene, Oregon. Lane County Historical Society For ticket info go to http://www.theshedd.org/divP/series.aspx?event=2718

Sunday, November 10, 2013, McMinnville, Oregon. 3:00pm. Two area bands will present a concert commemorating the Civil War and America’s veterans. The Linfield College Concert Band and Second Winds Community Band will present “Legacies of War: Echoes of the 1860s — Civil War Music and Veterans Day Concert” on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. in the McMinnville Community Center located at 600 NE Evans St. The concert includes pieces by Septimus Winner, including “When this Cruel War is Over” and “Hoist up the Flag.” 

“The Civil War Fantasy” by Jerry Bilik will also be performed, along with “Ashokan Farewell,” which includes a violin solo of Linfield junior Sasha Meyer with David Clark on guitar. Junior Delaney Bullinger will be featured in “The Silver Horn” by Henry Clay Work, accompanied by Debbie Schrepel on piano, Meyer on violin and combined bands as responsive choir. 
The Northwest Civil War Council Re-enactors will present the honor guard and color guard at the beginning of the program with “The Star Spangled Banner.” They will also be part of an antebellum fashion show featuring men’s and women’s apparel from that time period. A tone poem by Richard Meyer, “The Road Unknown,” will also be performed. The concert is sponsored by Linfield College Department of Music, Second Winds Community Band and the Linfield PLACE program (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement).The event is free and open to the public. Food and monetary donations will be accepted at the door for Friends of Battery B 2-218 Field Artillery. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit www.linfield.edu/arts. The afternoon concludes with the “Battle of Shiloh March” by Charles Barnhouse and “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.

Monday, November 11, 2013: Hollywood neighborhood of Northeast Portland, Oregon. beginning at 9:45am. The Oregon Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has an entry celebrating the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address." The parade will also feature the Buffalo Soldiers Moses William Chapter of the 9th and 10th Calvary,horses and uniformed reenactors honoring the further integration of the Army with African American soldiers subsequent to the end of the Civil War. The Hollywood Veterans Day Parade will begin at Northeast 40th Avenue and Northeast Hancock Street and then travels east on Northeast Sandy Blvd to NE 48th Avenue where a memorial flag raising ceremony will take place. More information is available at their website http://veteransdaypdx.org/

Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Beaverton, Oregon. 7pm. Beaverton History Center. Come and listen to a lecture by Keli Meyers on "How We Freed 100,000 Slaves before the Civil War. Keli is the descendant of the founder of the Underground Railroad in Newport, Indiana, Levi Coffin, and his wife, Catherine. Beaverton History Center, 12412 SW Broadway St. (503)430-0106. www.historicbeaverton.org A $2 donation is requested.

For more information please check out the Oregon Civil War 150th website at http://oregoncivilwar150commission.yolasite.com/, or look for our pre-event video on You Tube.