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9 Facts about Oregon Heritage Resources
Oregon Heritage Commission
1. Twenty-eight percent of Oregon´s domestic overnight pleasure travelers (4.8 million people) enjoy historic sites and attractions, making this one of the state´s top tourism activities. These visitors´ spending, when added to day-traveler spending associated with historic sites, amounts to nearly a billion dollars annually.

2. Heritage travelers spend an average of $210 more per trip than the non-heritage traveler. They stay 1.4 nights longer than the average traveler, are more likely to shop, and are more likely to stay in hotels and motels rather than with friends or relatives.

3. The direct economic contribution (investments, salaries, and purchases) of Oregon´s heritage institutions is not yet fully documented. But a recent survey of one-third of Oregon´s heritage institutions suggests that it is over $118-million annually.

4. Involvement with the past gives people a sense of belonging, direction, and meaning. It is estimated that more than 23,000 Oregonians regularly volunteer their time at heritage institutions.

5. Fifty-seven percent of all Americans visit a museum or historic site each year. Americans give museums and historic sites their highest level of confidence (versus eyewitnesses, professors, teachers, books, movies, and television) as a source of information about the past. Americans rate museums and historic sites as the second most effective way (after family gatherings) in which Americans feel connected to the past.

6. Approximately 40,000 properties in Oregon have been identified as having historical significance. More than 1,800 of these buildings have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, including 50 historic districts.

7. There are an estimated 40,000-45,000 identified archaeological sites in Oregon, even though only seven percent of the state´s land surface has been surveyed. There are more than 2,000 known historic cemeteries and hundreds of miles of historic trails.

8. The Oregon Historical Society has more than 2 million photographs, 30,000 maps, 80,000 artifacts and a library of more than 50,000 books. Several hundred community heritage organizations also have significant holdings of Oregon´s heritage.

9. Heritage is important to business creation and business development. Numerous downtown re-development projects have used preservation as a strategy. Heritage and preservation businesses, including contractors, hotels, restaurants, architects, historians and artists, are located throughout Oregon. Many communities host heritage festivals annually.