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2020 Oregon Heritage Conference - Corvallis

Harness the Power of Heritage!, April 22-24 in Corvallis

The 2020 Heritage Conference in Corvallis and will explore the theme: Harness the Power of Heritage!
Individuals and groups that preserve and promote Oregon's past wield power and responsibility as they make decisions about how history is documented and shared. At the same time, it is essential heritage groups feel empowered as vital organizations within their communities. In 2020, we will come together to explore heritage and power.
Conference highlights (check back for updates!):
  • Home base will be Benton County Historical Society's new Corvallis Museum
  • Enjoy a screening of "Samurai in the Oregon Sky" at the Whiteside Theater, with a talk by filmmaker Ilana Sol
  • Sessions will be sprinkled throughout historic downtown Corvallis for an opportunity to explore
  • The Heritage Excellence Awards banquet will take place at Oregon State University's Memorial Union 


Thursday Keynote: Barbara Minguez Garcia

Minguez Garcia is a World Bank consultant on disaster risk management and cultural heritage, with a focus on the Resilient Cultural Heritage Program at the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. She collaborated in the joint World Bank-UNESCO position paper on Culture in City Reconstruction and Recovery (CURE)

Her work includes projects in Guatemala, Myanmar, Bhutan, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Mali, Mexico, Ecuador, Japan, and Central America. She holds an International Doctorate in Classical Archaeology from the University Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona. 

Friday Keynote: Trina Michelle Robinson

Robinson is a storyteller and videographer who explores memory through film, archival materials and text. Her video essay The Call has been exhibited in art galleries and film festivals throughout the country, and she has told her story of exploring her ancestry with the Moth Mainstage on stages throughout the county including the Lincoln Center in New York and on the Moth Radio Hour on NPR.

Her earlier work was featured in the Museum of African Diaspora's I've Known Rivers Project, and the New Jersey Dramatists Which Way to America at the Jersey City Museum and Puffin Cultural Forum. She has worked in print and digital media as a managing editor and as a production director. 

Prelimi​nary Schedule​

A preliminary draft of the Heritage Conference schedule​ is now available. Snappier titles and full descriptions are yet to come! Updates will be added on an ongoing basis. Please note, the preliminary schedule is subject to change. 

Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards

Join friends and colleagues for dinner at the 14th annual Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards! Awards will be presented to individuals, organizations, and projects that have made the most of their available resources to contribute to preserving Oregon's heritage.
Nominations open December 2, 2019 and close January 26, 2020. Visit the Excellence Awards page for details. 


Help us harness the power of heritage by becoming a sponsor of the 2020 Oregon Heritage Conference. Over 300 attendees involved in historic preservation, museums, main street, historic cemeteries, archaeology, and more will come together to realize and leverage the power of heritage to transform communities. We would love to have your support and at the same time support the service you provide to the heritage community.

There are several levels of sponsorship with a variety of benefits ranging from:
  • Inclusion in advanced marketing
  • Lanyard sponsor
  • Exclusive awards banquet sponsor
  • Session Sponsors
  • Ad in the program
  • Table option in the exhibit hall
Check out the complete list of 2020 Sponsor Levels and Benefits and see if there is a level of sponsorship for your business or organization. 

If you are ready to become a sponsor, fill out and return the Sponsor Committment Form. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Henry at katie.henry@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0671.


Group rates are available at Courtyard by Marriott for $129 USD per night and includes parking. Bookings must be made by Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
Courtyard by Marriott
400 SW 1st St
Corvallis OR 97333
Phone: 541-753-0199

2019 Heritage Summit

Thank you to all those who attended the 2019 Oregon Heritage Summit on the Culture of Board Engagement in Medford! We heard lots of great conversations and hope you left with ideas to implement at your organization.
The Board Training Packet can be accessed here. Feel free to share this with members of your organization to keep the conversation going.