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Oregon State University Cultural Centers Oral History Collection, 2013-2014

Historical Note:

Oregon State University's first Native American Longhouse was organizationally established in 1971 and physically located a year later in a World War II-era Quonset hut placed directly west of Weatherford Hall. From the outset, the mission of the Longhouse has been to "honor the cultures of the First People of this land, including Alaskan Natives and Hawaiian Natives." A focal point for the Native community on campus, the Longhouse has served as a gathering place for students, faculty and staff and has also promoted cross-cultural outreach through a variety of recreational and educational programs. In collaboration with other campus groups, including the Native American Student Association, the Longhouse has been instrumental in the organization of numerous events, including the annual salmon bake and Klatow Eena (Chinook for "Go Beavers") pow wow.

The original Longhouse facility was remodeled in 1999 to insure compliance with health and safety regulations. Over the next decade, momentum built to replace the facility entirely and in May 2011 ground was broken for a new Longhouse, to be located directly south of the existing Quonset hut. The new Eena Haws (Chinook for "Beaver House") Native American Longhouse was dedicated in May 2013. Designed by the Seattle architectural firm of Jones & Jones, the 3,700 square foot facility includes a large gathering hall, study space, kitchen area, computer labs, administrative offices and art collection, including a 360-degree totem carved by Clarence Mills of Vancouver, B.C.

The newest of the four cultural centers at Oregon State University, the Asian Cultural Center was established in 1991 by Oregon State faculty and staff who saw a need for the education of the campus and local community about Asian and Pacific Islander cultures and heritages. In 2003 the Center's name was changed to the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center (APCC). The center exists to provide academic, cultural, recreational, and social programs and activities related, but not limited to, the Asian/Pacific Island cultures and heritages.

The original Asian & Pacific Cultural Center was located in an older former home on the northwest corner of the OSU campus. On May 5, 2014, ground was broken for a new facility, to be built just west of Fairbanks Hall and east of Austin Hall. As with all of OSU's cultural centers, the new APCC space (also designed by the Jones & Jones architectural firm) will include a gathering hall, student lounge, study area, offices, kitchen and quiet space.

In addition to the Native American Longhouse and the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, Oregon State University is home to two other cultural centers, each with their own facility: the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center and the Centro Cultural César Chávez.


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