May 17, 2013
Oregon City has been designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission as an "Oregon Heritage All-Star Community." The commission created the All-Star program to recognize the strong efforts by communities to broadly preserve and develop heritage resources.
An All-Star designation requires that communities meet at least 15 of 20 criteria related to local heritage. These include heritage tourism efforts, historic preservation programs, photo and document archives, museums, historic cemeteries and more.
"Oregon City is one of the first Oregon communities that have proven they meet the designation criteria," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "We applaud the City, its cultural and heritage organizations, its businesses and its residents for their efforts to date, and look forward to supporting them in the future."
The City of Oregon City will celebrate its status as an Oregon Heritage All-Star Community with a reception and award presentation at its June 5 City Commission meeting. The reception will be at 6 p.m. and the presentation at 7 p.m. at the City Hall, 625 Center St.
Assistance is available for communities seeking to acquire Heritage All-Star Community status. Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which houses the Oregon Heritage Commission, offers technical support, workshops, grants and other resources for all heritage projects in the state. To learn more, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@state.or.us or 503-986-0685.