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2018 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Open for Nominations

Nov. 28, 2017

Nominations for the 2018 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Program are now being accepted. Applications can be found online through the Oregon Heritage website www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Oregon Heritage Coordinator Beth Dehn at Beth.Dehn@oregon.gov
or (503) 986-0696. The postmark deadline for submitting nominations is January 26, 2018.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon heritage, drawing public attention to these efforts, and raising the quality of heritage-oriented activities.

Nominations are encouraged for organizations and projects of all sizes and heritage purposes and for volunteers and professionals from all heritage sectors.

"The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Beth Dehn, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations."

Last year's recipients included:

-- Oregon Public Broadcasting's 2016 "Oregon Experience" Season, for a year of exceptional programming, which resulted in showcase documentaries that promoted education and dialogue around remarkable citizens and underrepresented communities of the state.

--"15 Minutes Histories" Project, a cutting-edge collaboration between the Deschutes Public Library and the Deschutes County Historical Society that innovatively addressed the immediate access and long-term preservation needs of community-based stories in Central Oregon.

--Aimee Gorham Mural Conservation Project, an exemplary cooperative effort to preserve and interpret a uniquely Oregonian cultural asset, a 1930s WPA-era wood art mural in Portland's Chapman Elementary School created by one of the state's most important female artists.

--John M. Tess, Portland, for a 40-year professional career built around increasingly significant and enduring contributions to the cause of preserving Oregon's historic and architectural legacy.

--Historic Columbia River Highway 2016 Centennial Celebration, a range of statewide stakeholders joined the Oregon Department of Transportation to host yearlong public programs and events as part of a once-in-a-century birthday bash for Oregon's oldest scenic highway.

--Vanport Mosaic Festival 2016, a groundbreaking, grassroots effort that utilized a multi-disciplinary approach through creative partnerships to bring Oregonians together to learn and talk about Vanport's history.

--Kelly Haverkate, for her inspirational and tireless commitment as a Main Street program volunteer, whose work resulted in a visionary, transformative, and sustainable revitalization of the city of Dayton's downtown, a gem in the Willamette Valley.

--Redmond's Union High School Rehabilitation Project, a statewide model for restoration and adaptive reuse of a locally treasured historic building, honoring its storied past while beginning a new chapter as the home of City Hall.

Dorothy Brandner*, for over a decade of extraordinary volunteerism and estimable leadership in the areas of preservation, interpretation, and historical research while serving the Eugene Pioneer Cemetery.

*Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation

Awards will be presented on April 12, 2018 at the Oregon Heritage Summit in Bend by Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The announcement for 2018 awardees will be made in mid-March 2018. Tickets for the awards presentation will be made available this coming spring.