• Authors Pat Eck & Deb Mayer

Save Criterion School


The Oregon Retired Educators Association along with key allies have created a campaign to save the Criterion Schoolhouse located on the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The roof has failed resulting in water damage to the ceiling and floor, the walls have lead paint, the ADA ramp needs replaced and the historic bell needs attention. Our goal is to repair the schoolhouse by August 12th, in time for opening day at the fair. We have an acceptable bid and need to raise $28,000.

There are two ways to donate.

  1. To donate on-line, please go to the Save the Criterion School Free Funder website.

  2. To donate by check, please make the check out to "CCREA Unit 39" and mail to: Paul Eck, 11502 SE Washington Street, Portland, OR 97216

From the Oregon State Fair website:

A little bit of Wasco County history that graces the state fairgrounds.

Children first attended classes at the one-room Criterion School in 1912. Part of District 58 in Wasco County, it sat in the Oregon high desert near Maupin. Although it ceased to operate as a school in 1925, the building continued to serve the community as a Sunday school, dance hall, voting space, and a location for other public events. In 1953, the building closed and sat vacant for over 20 years,

In 1976, the Criterion Schoolhouse began a new life and a 200-mile journey to the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Chosen from a group of more than 50 schools from around Oregon, it served as an exhibit celebrating the bicentennial of the United States. It housed a statewide spelling bee during the fair that year. Today it’s a must-see for fans of Oregon history.


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