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November 18, 2013

It’s that time of year again to nominate a person, organization, or project for an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award! Now in its eighth year, the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize those who do outstanding work on behalf of Oregon’s heritage. This includes work in the fields of museums, archives, and libraries, archaeology, historic preservation, education, and any other heritage-related field.

Oregon City celebrates the reopening of the Willamette River Bridge -- locally known as the Arch Bridge -- in October 2012. The bridge project was a 2013 recipient of an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award.

Oregon City celebrates the reopening of the Willamette River Bridge — locally known as the Arch Bridge — in October 2012. The bridge project was a 2013 recipient of an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award.

A few last year’s recipients include:

  • Don Ivy, a 2013 recipient of an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award.

    Don Ivy, a 2013 recipient of an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award.

    Don Ivy: an elder of the Coquille Indian Tribe and former Vice Chair of the Oregon Heritage Commission, isknown state-wide for his successful initiatives expanding the awareness, understanding, appreciation and interest in the preservation of traditional cultures and culturally important sites.

  • Oregon Archaeology: When archaeologists need information about Oregon’s early human history there’s a good chance they reach for the book, Oregon Archaeology. The book includes 58 pages of citations, and has become the authoritative text of Oregon’s deep human history. With text that is accessible but also thorough, Oregon Archaeology is also a valuable reference for students, educators, and the general public.
  • Oregon Nikkei Endowment: The power of a truly community-based exhibition cannot be underestimated. This is what the Oregon Nikkei Endowment strove to accomplish when an exhibition about what happened to Oregon’s Nikkei population after World War II was proposed in 2010. Up until that point, Oregon Nikkei’s focus had been on immigration and community-building leading up to the war, and the devastating history of forced removal and incarceration of the entire West Coast Nikkei population during the war.
  • Oregon City Willamette River Bridge: Instead of this bridge project devastating downtown Oregon City, the city took advantage of the bridge closure to address many infrastructure problems in its historic downtown. Business owners also got on board and many of them restored and rehabilitated their storefronts. When the bridge re-opened in October 2012 to a weekend of festivities, both the bridge and Oregon City were newly restored.

Nominations are due January 13, 2014. Get more info at www.oregonheritage.org.

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