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Conference keynotes focus on power, place, commemoration

April 12, 2016

For people who are involved in their heritage or the heritage of their community, words like place, commemoration and power have important meanings. Yet we rarely talk about their significance with each other.

The Oregon Heritage Conference next month will give opportunities to converse about them as two keynote talks and several sessions will address them. The conference’s early bird registration rates end this week, so now is the best time to register and assure your spot in the discussions about these important topics.

Bob Beatty, the chief operating officer of the American Association for State and Local History, will talk about “Commemoration: The Promise of Remembrance and New Beginnings” in his keynote talk on May 5 in the Capitol’s House Chambers. In particular, he will show how it motivates organizations.

Reiko Hillyer, an assistant professor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, will talk about “Who Owns History? The Politics of Preservation” in her keynote talk on May 6 in the Capitol’s Senate Chambers. The talk will give perspective on who owns the past, who decides what parts of the past get preserved, and the parts that are forgotten in the process.

Other conference sessions will also deal with these topics. More than 30 workshops, sessions and tours are part of the conference. Be sure to look at the preliminary conference schedule.

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