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Comm. on Historic Cemteries

In recognition that Oregon’s old cemeteries are historic sites worthy of care and protection, the
Oregon Legislature established the Oregon Pioneer Cemetery Commission to assist in coordinating restoration, maintenance and enhancement of historic cemeteries in 1999. The commission was renamed the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) in 2003 to recognize the importance of all historic cemeteries. Directed by a board of seven citizens who have broad knowledge on issues concerning the care and preservation of historic cemeteries and gravesites, the OCHC holds quarterly meetings open to the public around the state.
 
The OCHC is empowered to develop and maintain a list of all historic cemeteries in Oregon, make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, and seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and to assist in obtaining care for above ground artifacts, such as grave markers, structures, railings and curbs, ironwork, fencing and historic plantings. A primary responsibility of the OCHC is to develop and maintain a statewide registry of historic cemeteries and gravesites. The historic cemetery survey is designed to document the current conditions and needs of all historic cemeteries of any size that contain burials of at least one person who died on or prior to February 14, 1909.
 
 
Learn more:
 
-> OCHC Legislative Statute 
-> OCHC Administrative Rule 
-> OCHC Commissioners, Meeting Information and Minutes 
-> Oregon Historic Cemeteries List 
-> General information about historic cemteries 
-> Grants for historic cemeteries 
-> Technical support for historic cemeteries 

 
Heritage Commission

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education and advocacy.
 
Established by the Oregon Legislature in 1995, the
Heritage Commission is comprised of nine gubernatorial appointments and eight ex-officio members. The ex-officio commissioners represent the Oregon Historical Society, the State Library, the State Archives, the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Education, the Oregon University System, the Land Conservation and Development Department, and the Business Development Department. The Heritage Commission is one of five statewide cultural partners of the Oregon Cultural Trust. 
 
The OHC supports heritage efforts in Oregon through:
 
* Coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations
* Advocacy for all levels of support on its behalf
* Education of the public about its extent and value
* Promotion and celebration of its diversity
* Maintenance of the inventory of the former Oregon Historic Properties Commission
* Declaration of statewide heritage celebrations
* Participation in Asian-American Heritage Month
* Coordination of a statewide heritage technical services program
 
 
Learn more:
 
-> Legislative Statute 
-> Administrative Rule 
-> Commissioners, Meeting Information and Minutes 
-> Connecting to Collections Grant 
-> Heritage Conference 
-> Heritage Excellence Awards 
-> Heritage Fellowships 
-> Heritage Grants 
-> Heritage Plan 
-> Heritage Traditions 
-> Heritage Vitality Assessment 
-> Museum Grants 
-> Statewide Celebrations 

 
Historic Trails Advisory Coun.

The Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council (OHTAC) was established by the Governor in 1998 to oversee and provide advice on Oregon’s historic trails. The council is a nine-member committee appointed by the governor and formed to promote public awareness of the significance of Oregon’s historic trails as well as to advise a variety of public and private agencies and organizations on policy matters. The council is Oregon’s official liaison to other states, associations and federal agencies in acquiring national as well as state recognition of Oregon’s historic trails.
 
 
Learn more:
 
-> OHTAC Executive Order 
-> OHTAC Meeting Information and Annual Reports 
-> Oregon's Historic Trails 

 
Advisory Comm. on Hist. Pres.

The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) was established by the Governor in 1971 to review and approve nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and advise the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) on matters of program, policy, and budget. The committee is composed of nine-members who are professionally recognized in the fields of history, architecture, archaeology, and other disciplines. The committee holds quarterly meetings open to the public around the state.
 
 
Learn more:
 
-> SACHP Executive Order 
-> SACHP Legislative Statute 
-> SACHP Administrative Rule 
-> SACHP Members, Meeting Information and Minutes 
-> Oregon National Register of Historic Places Program