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Oregon Heritage Traditions
Traditions reflecting the best of what it means to be an Oregonian
Oregon Heritage Tradition Logo
Oregon Heritage Tradition Logo

Communities in Oregon have events that have over the years have become associated with what it means to be an Oregonian. In short, if you have attended these events, you are truly an Oregonian.

The Oregon Heritage Tradition designation recognizes those events more than 50 years old that represent what it means to be an Oregonian.  

This is an ongoing designation unless the Oregon Heritage Tradition is discontinued or no longer meets criteria.

The designated event may be considered for a declaration of statewide anniversary celebration at major milestones of 100 years, 150 years, etc., if it meets the criteria for a statewide anniversary celebration. 
 

Definition
An Oregon Heritage Tradition is an annual local, regional or statewide event with at least 50 years of continuous operation and:

1.  is associated with Oregon people, places, events and activities that characterize the heritage of the state, its positive accomplishments, and its enduring qualities and traditions.
2.  has a demonstrated appeal to a broad spectrum of the public
3.  has a demonstrated public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events
4.  provides participatory activities for the public beyond simply the observation of showcase performances;
5.  adds to the livability and identity of the state. Volunteerism, community building, economic and tourism development, and community giving are among the livability and identity factors that will be considered.
6.  has free or paid admission, and has no membership, age, racial, religious, gender, family or other exclusionary requirements.

Process

1.  Applications will be considered regularly. The deadline for nominations to be submitted is one month before each Commission meeting. The Commission will have an ad hoc committee review the applications and make a recommendation to the Commission at its next meeting.
           
2.  For events receiving the designation, the Commission will provide an Oregon Heritage Tradition logo to the event’s lead organization. The Tradition’s name will be posted on the Commission’s website and the designation will be included with their city's description in the online Oregon Blue Book
 

Designated Traditions (and year of founding)

Oregon State Fair, Salem (1858)
Linn County Pioneer Picnic, Brownsville (1887)
Astoria Regatta, Astoria (1894)
Pendleton Round-Up (1910)
Scandinavian Festival, Junction City (1961)​

 

Heritage Tradition

Application

Description

Other Awards & Recognition

Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards
Oregon Heritage Fellows
Heritage Celebrations
Heritage Stewardship Awards
EWP Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship

Grants

Heritage Programs Grants