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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 at Reed Opera House. 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 Presentations

Cemeteries - What do they do for the Living?

Centennial Highlights


Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Cultural Collections

Heritage Fellows

Keynote - Reiko Hillyer

How to Dig for Information

NPS in Oregon!

Reflections: Preservation

Social Media

 Session, Workshop and Special Event Hightlights

Full Session Descriptions and Times - SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Event grid


Bob Beatty - Keynote Speaker will discuss commemoriation - its use, value and inclusion.
Reiko Hillyer - Keynote Speaker will discuss power and place.
Wednesday Salem Heritage All-Star Open House - Jump on the trolley at the Capitol and use your badge for free entrance to various heritage sites in Salem.
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

May 4

  • Advocacy - Local and Beyond 9:00am-4:30pm $15.00
  • Developer for a Day - 1:30pm-4:30pm $10.00
  • Heritage Tourism - how to make it work in your community - 1:30pm-4:30pm $10.00

May 7

  • Historic Cemeteries Marker Assessment, Cleaning and Repair Workshop, Lee Mission Cemetery - 10:00am-4:00pm $10.00


  • 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


We now have online registration! Please have patience, as this is a new system.

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 downtown 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 - There will be no on-sight payment, on-site registration will be through the online system.

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

For registration assistance contact:

Tracy Zeller, Tracy.Zeller@oregon.gov or 503-986-0690

Kuri Gill, Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685

Lodging & Transportation

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. Rooms are garunteed at this rate until April 3, 2016, but they will honor the rate through April if rooms are available, so still ask for the rate.

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


Parking around the Capitol is limited and the enforcement is fierce.
We will provide shuttles on a specific schedule.
Shuttle Schedule Shuttles are limited, be sure not to miss the bus. Pick up for Shilo Inns is at RedLion for safety reasons.
Check out the Capitol parking information if you want to drive.
Look in to Cherriots for local bus information.