Stamptuary Hall: John McLoughlin


Who remembers playing Oregon Trail? I remember a really old-school version from elementary and middle school: two colors on the screen, shooting at pixelated buffalo that lumbered near the trees. I don’t remember how often I actually got to Oregon, and how often I died of dysentery or recess ended.

Oregon’s history is immortalized not just in that beloved computer game but also in the two state statues, John McLoughlin and Jason Lee, who are also featured together on a postage stamp. When I was first learning the 100 statues, McLoughlin’s was memorable to me because of the dramatic pose that gives his statue a greater sense of physical depth than many of the others. As he steps forward with his sword, his garments billow behind him.

John McLoughlin

John McLoughlin’s statue is in the Capitol Visitor Center near the Congressional Auditorium, space that is not accessible to the general public. He is seen regularly by those attending special events and meetings.

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About Laura

Paralegal with Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education, frequent museum visitor, based in Washington, DC. I care about what museums can do, both in terms of public offerings and internal practices, to make the world a better place. I blog about museum education ("informed"), the social work of museums ("humane"), and visitor experience ("citizenry").
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