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OMSI free on Saturday, thanks to PGE

Admission to OMSI will be free Saturday thanks to Portland General Electric, as part of the 125th anniversary celebration.

“At PGE, we are honored to be a part of Oregon’s history,” says Jim Piro, CEO and president. “Sponsoring this free museum day is one way to thank the community we feel privileged to serve. We chose a free museum day because education, like electricity, is vital to creating a bright future for our region.”

PGE is a longtime supporter of OMSI and has a special connection to its current site. In 1986, th utility donated the 18.5-acre site where it once operated its sawdust-fired power generating plant, Station L. Today, OMSI displays the original smokestack and turbine buildings that once generated power for PGE customers.

The anniversary marks the June 3, 1889, the day PGE founders Parker Morey and Edward Eastham flipped a switch at Station A in Oregon City and lit up 55 street lamps located 14 miles away in Portland.

In addition to free admission to OMSI, PGE is featuring other community opportunities June 21 as part of its anniversary celebration.

• A new exhibit at the Museum of the Oregon Territory. This museum is located in Oregon City overlooking Willamette Falls, and here, visitors can see for themselves where the nation’s first long-distance transmission of electricity was generated. In addition, visitors can view PGE’s Sullivan plant, one of the nation’s oldest, continuously operated hydroelectric plants and an official producer of green power.

• Free admission to the Oregon Historical Society. As stewards of Oregon’s history, OHS is trustee to significant PGE memorabilia and has committed to sharing it with future generations. The original control room panel from the decommissioned Trojan Plant is currently on display.

• Free admission to A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. Located in Salem, this children’s museum offers innovative and stimulating educational experiences that spark children’s natural curiosity. The museum is named in honor of American inventor Alfred Carlton Gilbert, who championed the use of scientific toys to foster inventiveness, creativity, ingenuity and problem solving – core qualities that helped PGE’s founders generate the nation’s first long-distance transmission of electricity.