OSU 150th Anniversary Exhibit Opening

August 10th through September 26th

This exhibit shares — through 150 stories — how Oregon State University has transformed the community, the state, the nation, and the world in surprising ways.  A new blue pigment discovered by OSU chemist Mas Subramanian — the first in more than 200 years — will first appear as a Crayola crayon in late 2017. The vivid color, which does not fade, reflects heat, and absorbs ultraviolet light, may next be used in roof coatings to help keep buildings cooler and reduce energy use. And, there is a good chance that the nearest TV or smartphone flat screen uses a high-performance transparent transistor that was invented at Oregon State.

Talented graduates are Oregon State’s greatest contribution to the world. Some are more well-known like Dick Fosbury (’72), whose back-first high jump technique — the Fosbury Flop — revolutionized the sport and won him a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics. Others may not be recognized by name, but their innovations have revolutionized the world: Douglas Engelbart (’48); invented the computer mouse; award-winning animator Harley Jessup (’76) brought characters to life in Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, and other movies; and Bernie Newcomb (’65) cofounded E*Trade, one of the first internet stock-trading companies.



“This exhibit shows how Oregon State University has transformed the community, the state, the nation and the world,” said Steve Clark, Oregon State’s vice president of university relations and marketing. “We hope to inform and engage visitors and also surprise them with many things they may not already know about OSU.”

“Visitors will likely see familiar things, but also be surprised by many things.”

Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of the Oregon Historical Society, said he is delighted about an exhibit that will shine the spotlight on the rich history of Oregon’s first public institution of higher education.

“Whether you are a proud member of ‘Beaver Nation,’ or someone who is unfamiliar with OSU, I am confident that you will leave the exhibit with a deep appreciation for the vital role that the university and its graduates have played in the history and culture of our state and nation,” Tymchuk said.


The exhibit is just one part of the Oregon State’s commemoration of its 150th anniversary. This celebration has been going on all year. The celebration will continue with a Land Grant Festival in October.

The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Photos of the exhibit are available here: https://flic.kr/p/KetV24, https://flic.kr/p/249UwFR and https://flic.kr/p/249UwCe

Video of the exhibit and introductory remarks is available at: https://oregonstate.box.com/v/OSU-150-Exhibit


About OSU150: Since 1868, Oregon State University has brought people together to learn, explore and solve the most pressing challenges facing our state, the nation and the world. OSU is transforming the land grant mission for 21st century universities, enriching lives and leading innovation to create a more prosperous, healthy, sustainable and just future for all. Learn more at oregonstate.edu/150