6 Reasons to Go to the 2013 Oregon Heritage Conference
By Carol Michael
Have you registered yet for this year’s Oregon Heritage Conference being held May 9-10 in Portland? If you haven’t, here are 6 reasons why you should consider going.
1. Location, Location, Location: Registration and most sessions will be at the Architectural Heritage Center (AHC) in Portland. The AHC hosts programs, tours, and exhibits which help people appreciate, restore, and maintain older and historic buildings, neighborhoods, and traditional commercial areas. The AHC has a large collection of architectural artifacts, maintains a research library, and hosts monthly art exhibits. If you, your family or your community is in the process of restoring or preserving a historic building, you want to become familiar with AHC resources. Famed Rejuvenation Hardware is only four short blocks away.
2. Timely Topics: Surveys of Oregon museums and community heritage centers, directors, and volunteers indicate a great need for education about techniques and best practices to sort, inventory and preserve artifacts. A FREE Collections Care and Best Practices Workshop will be offered on Thursday, May 9 to meet your needs. On Friday, May 10 another FREE workshop on Disaster Preparedness will help your organization develop a plan for dealing with those earthquakes and tsunamis that are due in Oregon sooner or later.
3. Connections and Networking: Meet people from museums, archives, historic preservation organizations, tourism, government agencies, and other heritage groups at a variety of seminars, workshops and other activities about common issues and topics. Tours, meals, and breaks are excellent opportunities to build connections.
4. Fun Tours and a Banquet: An “insider” tour to the Pratt & Larson Tile and Stone; a tour of Grand Avenue Historic District and Produce Row; plus, the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Banquet at the Melody Ballroom. You can’t go wrong!
5. Affordable: The cost of the conference is modest. There are rates for advance purchase, students, and on-site. Check out the registration form online for more details.
6. Motivational: Last year at the Oregon Heritage Conference, a group of Oregon veterans were recognized with an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award for their signage project to mark historic military sites on Highway 97. This signage runs the entire length of Highway 97 from Biggs to the California border. As my husband and I traveled the route, we felt an enormous sense of pride in the people of eastern Oregon: their individual participation in various military actions, and gratitude for small communities that provided support for a variety of military trainings. I’m looking forward to what’s in store for this year!
Ready to register? Visit the Oregon Heritage Conference website for details.
Carol Michael is a member of the Oregon Heritage Commission.