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2014 Oregon Heritage Conference

Celebrate, Recreate, Invigorate at the Hub of Heritage and Recreation


Our Host Community

Join us in downtown Albany, April 23-25 for the 2014 Oregon Heritage Conference! Historically known as the “Hub City” of the central Willamette Valley, Albany is a great location to showcase connections between heritage and recreation. Filled with historic buildings and homes, downtown shopping and dining experiences, and surrounded by recreational opportunities, you’ll want to extend your visit beyond the conference to get the most out of what the area offers! For more info about things to do in Albany, visit the Albany Downtown Association and the Albany Visitors Association


About the Conference

Credit: Flickr user tbishopcmsmThe Oregon Heritage Conference brings together people who love and work with Oregon's heritage. Designed to be interdisciplinary, the conference focuses on all sectors of heritage, such as historic preservation, museums, archives, libraries, and local and state government. By bringing everyone together in one place, we can begin to realize that our work in heritage is all interconnected, that we have similar problems, and, together, can create better solutions.

The Heritage Conference will offer workshops, tours, and breakout sessions about the intersection of heritage recreation including heritage and bikeways, historic landscapes, heritage recreation, interpreting local recreation, and integrating heritage into local culture. There will also be tours of nearby historic trails and Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Area. Breakout sessions will also address collections care and disaster preparedness for museums, archives, and libraries, historic district regulation, revitalization strategies for downtowns, and archaeological interpretation.

Conference Program

Conference At-A-Glance

Conference Map

Conference Registration Form

Collections care workshops

Recreational heritage sessions

Heritage tours abound

Special affinity lunches offered

Evening activities abundant


Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Banquet

Make sure to be at the historic Flinn Block Hall ballroom for the annual Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards banquet the evening of April 24. The banquet recognizes individuals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon’s heritage. The event always includes excellent speakers, food, and time for recognition of the people who work to make Oregon’s heritage vibrant. Tickets are required and may be purchased in advance or on-site. View past Excellence Award recipients at www.oregonheritage.org 

Oregon Heritage Fellows

The Oregon Heritage Fellows will present once again at the Oregon Heritage Conference. The Fellows are full-time undergraduate and graduates students of an Oregon university or college who are researching a topic related to Oregon’s heritage. This special session is open to the public for free. This year’s Fellows and their topics are:
Elizabeth Morrison, Oregon State University
Topic: "Unearthing Oregon's Past: An Environmental History of Aggregate Mining in the Willamette Basin"
Ivan Sandoval Cervantes, University of Oregon
Topic: "Being Zapotec, Latino and Oregonian: Zapotec Indigenous Identities in Oregon"
Lou Watson, Pacific Northwest College of Art
Topic: "Roadside Attraction: Situational Aesthetics and Place-Identity of NE Sandy Boulevard (57th to 82nd), Portland, Oregon"

Conference Highlights - Conference Program

Keynote Speaker Grant McOmie
Oregon Heritage and Outdoor Adventure!

Grant McOmie, outdoor reporter/producer for Travel Oregon and Portland’s KGW-TV, is an Emmy winning journalist, a teacher and author. His newest book, “Grant’s Getaways-101 Oregon Adventures” explores the state’s people, places and outdoor adventures. Grant is a big believer that we risk losing ourselves when we lose touch with where we've come from so his stories often provide a link with Oregon’s heritage and history. Grant will kick off the conference with a fun and inspiring talk about finding adventure through Oregon’s heritage. He will share story examples from his weekly program, “Grant’s Getaways,” that show how to grow a unique feature or character into an intriguing story. His authentic stories can engage your community and draw visitors from afar. Heritage is recreation, embrace it and take advantage of it.


Doing Preservation at Thompson's Mills State Heritage Area
Santiam Wagon Road Adventure
Historic Downtown Walking Tour
Historic Home Tour


Intro to Archives Records Processing

Your Power of Observation: Describing Collections and Writing Condition Reports
Development in Historic Commercial Properties: 2nd floors, code, feasiblity and financing
Cemetery 101: planning, protection, records management, interpretation and mapping

Affinity Lunches

Railroad Heritage
Preservation with Restore Oregon
Military Heritage
Oregon Black Pioneers: Preserving Oregon's African American Historic Places
Oregon Main Street
Collections Issues - Archives, Museums & Libraries


Reception at the Carousel
Think and Drink with Restore Oregon at the Deluxe Brewery
Afterparty at the Pix
Nosh Tours


Promoting Communities through the Scenic Byways and Bikeways Programs
Grant's Getaways: How to Find Adventure in Oregon's Heritage
101 Oregon Heritage Recreation Highlights
Business Success Through Embracing Heritage
Taking Heritage to the Great Outdoors
Get in the Know on Historic Landscapes
Interpreting Local Recreation Workshop
Wrangling with Regulation - Handilng Historic Districts

Being There for Barns
Exploring Oregon's National Register Parks
Going Green with Preservation - Practical Case Studies
Project Evaluation - Why it is Value & How to Do It
Bad Board - How to Kick 10 Terrible Habits
10 Tiny Things to Help You Celebrate Your Community's Heritage
How to be a Resource for Teachers
Jumpstart Your Collections Project
Collaborative Case Studies
Whoops! Is that an archaeological site? - Setting Up a Plan
When the Secret is Out - Archaeology Meets Interpretation



There are several hotel and bed and breakfast options in Albany. Preferred rates are offered by the following hotel – you must request rooms reserved for the “Oregon Heritage Conference.”
Comfort Suites of Albany
100 Opal Court NE
Info about additional lodging options is available from the Albany Visitors Association