Last month, @depsecvial passed by a small group of students in the halls of the @oregonstatecapitol. They were from Sunset Academy in Sherwood, and they were touring the capitol building. Deputy Vial, who represented Sherwood in the Legislature, asked them if they wanted to meet the Secretary of State (they did) and he took them into my office to see me. We talked about what they were learning in school and about the importance of civic engagement. Starting again in January, you can take a guided tour of the capitol building on any weekday at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Along the way, you’ll learn about the history of Oregon, the capitol building itself, and the legislative process. Walk-in visitors are welcome. Between June 15 and September 30, you can also combine your capitol tour with a tower tour, where you can climb the 121 steps to get a closer look at the Oregon Pioneer (also known ask the “gold man”) on top of the capitol building. Call 503-986-1388 for a current schedule of tower tours.