2013 Heritage Highlights
Here at Oregon Heritage, we’re taking a look back at 2013 and have found some really neat heritage highlights we’d like to share. Of course, all of these activities happened because of YOUR great work, and we hope you take some to time to celebrate your action!
- The renewal of the Oregon Cultural Trust tax credit. Show your support by making a donation!
- The City of Fossil embracing its heritage and saving its historic school gym.
- The start of the Oregon Connecting to Collections project, which trained more than 150 people in collections care and disaster preparedness and response, and recruited more than 35 heritage mentors.
- The addition of 21 properties to the National Register of Historic Places including the Independent School, Joseph Henry Moser Barn, Oak Hills Historic District, Lamson Ranch, Enterprise Public Library, and Petersen Rock Garden.
- The completion of a massive survey of 300 Settlement Era properties in the Willamette Valley along with a historic context. Restore Oregon is taking action to save these properties.
- The merging of the Oregon Encyclopedia with the Oregon History Project at the Oregon Historical Society.
- The University of Oregon Digital Newspaper project adding 263,643 new pages, 32 new papers and nine new cities to its website.
- The Astoria Regatta and the Junction City Scandinavian Festival being designated Oregon Heritage Traditions.
- Cottage Grove, Oregon City, Roseburg and Salem becoming Heritage All-Star Communities. Bend, Echo and Toledo are working toward their designations.
- The Coos Historical and Maritime Museum becoming our third Regional Heritage Technical Assistance partner along with Tamastslikt Cultural Institute and Southern Oregon Historical Society.
- The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program giving 10 farms or ranches operated by the same family for more than 100-years designations as Century Farms. One farm even got Sesquicentennial (150 years) status!
- Oregon’s three Heritage Fellows, Patrick Lozar (University of Oregon), Kelly Yelverton (Lewis and Clark College), and Gareth Stacke (Lewis and Clark College) who researched different topics of Oregon’s heritage.
- Oregon hosting the Association of Gravestone Studies national conference. This was a great way to share the value of Oregon heritage, even though it is often considered “new” by East coast standards.
- Astoria becoming a Performing Main Street level community.
- After years of work, Whiteside Theater in Corvallis completing its marquee and opening for business.
- The Lincoln County Historical Society opening the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center in Newport.
- The Coos Historical and Maritime Museum breaking ground on its new site.
- The Oregon Jewish Museum, in partnership with the Immigration Refugee Community Organization, showcasing the shared experiences of two waves of immigrants who arrived in Oregon a century apart: Russian and Eastern European Jews in the early 1900s and contemporary immigrants from Burma, Cambodia, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, and Somalia. It brought new audiences and understandings to heritage.
- The History Museum of Hood River reopening to rave reviews following massive renovation.
- The Cultural Landscape Report for Salem’s Lord & Schryver Garden winning first place in a national competition sponsored by the National Park Service’s Historic American Landscape Survey.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Oregon Heritage!