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Public invited to several Heritage Conference sessions

May 2, 2016

The public is invited to attend several free sessions on Friday, May 6, at the Oregon Heritage Conference. The conference is taking place at the Oregon State Capitol and the free sessions will be in Hearing Room E.

The Oregon Heritage Conference brings together staff and volunteers from historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums, tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and tribal governments.

The three sessions are:
10 -- 11:15 a.m. "Centennial Highlights." Three historic places that have achieved 100 years are highlighted. The Historic Columbia River Highway was a feat of engineering and design; today portions are preserved for hiking and biking. Deschutes County, the youngest in the state, has long been known for its recreational opportunities and its own special culture. Eagle Creek Recreation Area in Multnomah County was the first developed campground in the US Forest Service.

1 -- 2:15 p.m. "NPS Oregon." The National Park Service is commemorating 100 years. This survey of some of Oregon's (and nearby) National Park Service sites will include history about Fort Clatsop, Crater Lake, Fort Vancouver and Oregon Caves.

2:30 -- 3:45 p.m. "Oregon's Heritage Fellows." Three Oregon university students who have been named Oregon Heritage Fellows by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will present on their topics. The Fellows, their schools and topics are:
Cassie M. Gray-Jeffries, Eastern Oregon University. "False Freedom: Japanese Americans in Eastern Oregon During the Internment Period."
Kira Lesley, Portland State University. "Making Room for Roses: Portland's 1911 Decision to Relocate the Municipal Poor Farm."
Taylor Rose, Portland State University. "Preeminently A People's Forest: Roads,
Recreation, and Wilderness in Mt. Hood National Forest, 1912--1964."

The conference is organized by Oregon Heritage. It is hosted by the Oregon State Capitol with support of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation. For more information about the conference, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx