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Heritage Conference Attendee Spotlight

March 6, 2020

The Oregon Heritage Conference April 22-24 in Corvallis, is fast approaching! The conference is an opportunity for those involved in preserving Oregon’s heritage to gather together for three days of workshops, sessions, conversations, and more to help support their efforts and provide opportunities for conversation about larger heritage related issues. The conference also includes the annual Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards.

For a real-life example of how the Heritage Conference impacts individuals and organizations, we reached out to Kelly Cannon-Miller, executive director of the Deschutes Historical Museum and a regular Heritage Conference attendee, to get her take on previous conferences and why she plans to attend this one.

Q: Why do you attend the Oregon Heritage Conference?

A: I attend OHC to stay up to date on all the amazing heritage work happening around our state, as well as what challenges our profession is facing. I never cease to be amazed and inspired at the range of heritage projects happening at any given time, from preservation and cutting-edge research to exhibits and education. Not to mention, heritage professionals are fun to hang around with.

Q: Generally, what do you find most valuable about the conference?

A: Networking and learning who is who around the state. I’ve made connections at OHC that resulted in new partnerships as well as learning who to call when a unique problem or question comes up for the historical society that is outside our area of expertise. It’s good to be able to say “I don’t have the answer, but I know who does.” I also walk away with new ideas from the sessions, too.

Q: What advice would you give to someone considering attending for the first time?

A: Don’t be afraid of the work sessions and sit with someone from across the state from you. My natural inclination is to be an introvert and stick with someone I know. But you don’t know what great tip, life hack, contact, fundraising idea, or shared experience you’ll gain from a fellow history nerd you’ve only just met.

The Oregon Heritage Conference works closely with the host community to reflect the authenticity of the place and highlight local projects, successes, challenges, and issues. Conference content covers a variety of theories, techniques, and experiences used by practitioners working to preserve and develop Oregon’s history. To learn more about the schedule and registration, visit the conference webpage.

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