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2015 Oregon Heritage Conference

Chart Your Course at the 2015 Oregon Heritage Conference


Schedule At-A-Glance

Conference Program

Registration Form 

To register using a credit card, call Tracy Zeller at 503-986-0690.

For ideas of great heritage things to see on the way to the conference check out our guide. Various museums and sites are offering an open house for conference attendees, Wednesday, April 22, 1-5pm! This list is included on our guide.

Please take the time to complete the conference evaluation!

Our Host Community

Join us at Oregon's Central Coast, April 22-24 for the 2015 Oregon Heritage Conference! The Coos Bay/North Bend area is 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! The Mill, our conference location and hotel is situated perfectly to experience it all.

 Photo by Daniel Brouse


About the Conference

The 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 that are equal parts innovation and practical advice.  Topics will include:

  • The National Register
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Underwater Heritage
  • Archive Digitization
  • many many more!


Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Banquet

Make sure to join us for the annual Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards banquet the evening of April 23. 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 here.  

 Session, Workshop and Special Event Hightlights



  • Building Community Across Differences: an Oregon Humanities Workshop on Heritage and Conversation
  • Is Your Town Authentic? How to Commit to Your Story
  • A Community Approach to Heritage
  • Make a Compelling Story for Fundraising
  • Sharing Community Perspecitves - Inclusive Interpretation
  • New Life for Oregon's Oldest Buildings - Willamette Valley Settlement Era Buildings
  • Changing Direction While Staying the Course - Serving New Audiences while Maintaining Standards Excellence
  • Storytelling with the National Register
  • Leveraging the National Register for your Community
  • Using Maps for Story Telling
  • Underwater Archaeology
  • Taking Cover When the Big Wave Comes - Solutions for At-risk Collections
  • Historic Theaters
  • Oregon Heritage Fellows Research Presentations


  • North Bend Downtown Facade Renovation Program
  • Coos Bay Front Street Tour
  • Oysters and Oyster Boat History



Registration will open soon. The full conference rate including several meals and the Oregon Heritage Excellence Award Banquet will be $85. There will be a student rate. 


There is preferred rate lodging with our conference partner:
3201 Tremont Street,
North Bend, OR 97459
Conference rate rooms are available now. They are offered at Government Rate of $83 until April 10.