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Piloting the newest series of monthly roundtable discussions, July’s History in the News considers how Oregonians have shaped national convention politics, and whether they will again in this election. This year’s national party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia promise to provoke lively debates and counter-protests, but what do they have to do with Oregon? How might Oregonians influence the direction of national politics now, and how have they done so in the past? From Tom McCall’s and Mark Hatfield’s moderating influence on the Republican Party to Jeff Merkley’s early endorsement of Bernie Sanders, Oregonians have often played important roles in pushing both parties in new directions. The Willamette Heritage Center’s inaugural History in the News program will examine the relationship between Oregonians and the national political parties, focusing on how the state’s citizens and politicians have shifted the tone, content, and course of American politics. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Taproot Lounge & Cafe. For more information about History in the News, visit willametteheritage.org/history-in-the-news/ • Free • Willamette Heritage Center • 1313 Mill St SE, Salem 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm