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2016 Oregon Heritage Conference

May 4-7

"16 Going on 20, 50, 100: Reflecting on the Past, Capitolizing on the Present and Building the Future"


Our Host Community

We hope you join us at Oregon's Capitol, May 4-6 for the 2016 Oregon Heritage Conference! The Salem 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!

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. 

Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Banquet

Make sure to join us for the annual Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards banquet the evening of May 5. 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


Bob Beatty - Keynote Speaker will discuss commemoriation - its use, value and inclusion.
Reiko Hillyer - Keynote Speaker will discuss power and place.
Wednesday Evening Reception - Organized by the Salem Heritage All-Star Forum, that this oppotunity to visit Willamette Heritage Center, one of many excellent historic sites in Salem.
Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Banquet - Celebrate great examples of heritage work in Oregon. May 5, 7:00pm-9:00pm
After Party Trivia - Hang out following the banquet and enjoy some Oregon trivia competition! May 5, 9:00pm-10:00pm
Exploration lunches - You are free for lunches during the conference. Take the time to talk with your friends new and old and support a great historic downtown. Restaurant information will be provided.


Full conference registration is not required for the workshops, all are $10.00

May 4

  • Advocacy - Local and Beyond 9:00am-4:30pm
  • Developer for a Day - 1:30pm-4:30pm
  • Heritage Tourism - how to make it work in your community - 1:30pm-4:30pm

May 7

  • Historic Cemeteries Marker Assessment, Cleaning and Repair Workshop - 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Preservation workshop TDA - 9:00am-4:00pm


  • Oral Histories - Ways and Value
  • Commemorations - Are they meaningful?
  • Buildings & Beyond - How to save a building and how to share the story if you can't
  • How to Dig for Information - How to find the history of people in your community who weren't included in the typical sources
  • Metedata? What? I just want to Digitize
  • 50 Years of Oregon Preservation: Looking Back, Moving Forward
  • Archaeology: Filling the Gaps on Ethinc History in Oregon
  • Preservation Debates
  • Reflections: the impact of Museums, Main Street and Preservation on Communities
  • Social Media: Effective Cross Promotion
  • Centennial Highlights - three historic places turning 100
  • Special Events: Value and Evaluation
  • NPS Oregon!
  • Oregon Heritage Fellows


Full Conference registration is required for tours

  • Salem Downtown Preservation Tour - Explore successful preservation projects and learn how the happened
  • Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Chachalu Museum & Cultural Programs (includes lunch)
  • Elsinore Theater
  • Studying solutions for siesmic issues
  • Oregon Heritage Tree program


Look for registration in March.

Full Conference Registration includes all sessions, receptions, keynote addresses, Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Banquet and some tours. No lunches are included in registration, you are encouraged to support Salem downtwon businesses. Workshops and some tours have an additional fee.

Early Bird Rate - TBA through April 13

  • Full Conference Registration $85
  • Full Conference Student Registration $45
  • Oregon Heritage Excellence Award Banquet only $40

Regular Rate - April 14 through 27

  • Full Conference Registration $100
  • Full Conference Student Registration $60
  • Oregon Heritage Excellence Award Banquet only $55

Late rates - April 28 through May 7

  • Full Conference Registration $135
  • Full Conference Student Registration $80
  • Oregon Heritage Excellence Award Banquet only $80


The conference is being held in the Capitol Building, but we do have some hotel blocking rooms at
 $89.00 when you request the Oregon Heritage Conference. This rate is available until April 3, 2016.

Shilo Inns

3304 Market St NE

Salem, OR 97301



Comfort Suites Salem

630 Hawthorne SE

Salem, OR 97301


​Red Lion

3301 Market St.

Salem, OR 97301