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8th Annual Historic Preservation Month Fair, Thursday, May 26 at the State Capitol

May 17, 2016

May is National Historic Preservation Month and for Oregon communities throughout the state it's an opportunity to reflect on significant places, artifacts, and collections that help tell the stories of our past as well as to recognize contributions that individuals and organizations make to preserve those stories and places.

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with 27 heritage organizations on Thursday, May 26, at the 8th Annual Historic Preservation Month Fair at the State Capitol State Park in Salem, hosted by Heritage Programs, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Community organizations and several state agencies will highlight the history of their institutions and their work to preserve important sites related to historic events, persons, and places that tell the Oregon story.

The event will be held from 11 am to 1 pm on the grounds of the State Capitol on the north side of Court Street, opposite the Capitol building. It is free and open to the public.

On display at the event are an operating World War II M3A1 Stuart Light Tank and a Korean War Jeep. A free tour of the Capitol Building tower will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the information kiosk in the Capitol Building.

Participating exhibitors include the Willamette Heritage Center; Salem Landmarks Commission; Historic Deepwood Estate; Salem Pioneer Cemetery; Asahel Bush House Museum; Salem Museum of Mental Health; Lord and Schryver Conservancy; Oregon Military Museum; Willamette University Archives; Newell House Museum; Friends of Timberline Lodge; Friends of the Oregon Caves Chateau; Oregon Black Pioneers; Hoover Minthorn House Museum; Frank Lloyd Wright's Gordon House; University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History; Oregon State Parks with friends groups from Silver Falls and Champoeg State Parks and the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Commission; Oregon Department of Forestry, Forestry History Center; Oregon Department of Transportation; Oregon State Capitol Foundation; Oregon State Archives, and the Oregon State Library. A free trip to the top of the Capitol Building to see the Gold Man will depart from the information desk at inside the Capitol building at 11:30am. Please arrive five minutes early to sign a liability waiver.