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Seeking Excellence in Oregon Heritage

November 5, 2012

By Cara Kaser

What do projects like the Chambers Railroad Bridge in Cottage Grove, the World War II Veterans Historic Highway in central Oregon, and window restoration in Astoria by the Clatsop County Housing Authority all have in common? They are all recipients of an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award!

The Union Street Railroad Project, winner of a 2010 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award.

Over the last several months we’ve highlighted a few organizations and projects that are doing incredible work for Oregon’s heritage and have received an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award with our Spotlight on Excellence series. Now we’re seeking nominations for next years’ awards and need your help.

Bob Boyd, 2012 award winner.

  • Do you know someone who has completed exceptional work over his or her career?

Bob Boyd received a 2012 award for his scholarship, creativity, and enthusiasm in helping people forge meaningful connections with the history of the High Desert region for over 30 years.

  • How about a project that went over and above the ordinary and developed new ideas or approaches to preserve Oregon’s heritage?

The Union Street Railroad Project received a 2010 award for preserving an abandoned 1912 railroad bridge and converting it into an important bicycle and pedestrian way in Salem.

  • Perhaps you know of an organization that makes the most of available resources and skills?

Clatsop Community College and Columbia Pacific Preservation received a 2011 award for their collaboration to establish certificate and degree programs in historic preservation and a nonprofit entity that supports and benefits from these programs.

To nominate an individual, project, or organization that is doing outstanding work in preserving Oregon’s heritage download the award information and application from www.oregonheritage.org. Nominations are due January 11, 2013.

Cara Kaser is the Heritage Outreach Specialist for Oregon Heritage and coordinator of the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards.

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