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  • 2018-2023 Oregon SHPO Preservation Plan Released

    The newest Oregon Preservation Plan is availble now. Check out successes from the last plan and goals for the next five years.
  • Do you have an emergency response plan?

    Floods, burst pipes, etc. can come with or with out warning. Be ready to respond. Have your pocket response plan up to date and review your complete plan if you have one.   Oregon Heritage MentorCorps can help you prepare for emergencies with advice and training. All nonprofit and government archives, libraries and museums may access this free service.

    Learn more about emergency response resources and the MentorCorps

  • Chinese shrine in Salem reveals long history

    The City of Salem conducted archaeological research to uncover a decades hidden shrine in the Salem Pioneer Cemetery. The discovery highlights the significant influence of Chinese in Salem's history. The city held a traditional memorial ceremony at the shrine this past spring.


    Oregon Heritage Exchange article
  • Portland Midsummer Festival is Oregon's newest Heritage Tradition

    The Portland Midsummer Festival began in 1928 to celebrate the summer solstice and the traditions of Portland' immigrants from Nordic countries.

    Learn more about Oregon Heritage Traditions

  • Help military families access your museum!

    Were you inspired by recent Veterans Day acitivities to support service members?

    Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    Sign up to be a Blue Star Museum

Program Areas & State Historic Preservation OfficeProgram Areas & State Historic Preservation Office
Find information about Heritage Program areas and ​services offered through the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office that support preservation efforts of Oregon's history, culture, and heritage.
Financial Assistance & Community ActionFinancial Assistance & Community Action 
Learn about grants and scholarships offered through Heritage Programs, and find ideas and tools to promote heritage and historic preservation in your community.
Historic Places & Research & GuidanceHistoric Places & Research & Guidance
Learn about Oregon's historic and interesting places, where to find them, the National Register of Historic Places, and discover resources for researching, preserving, funding, and supporting Oregon's history and heritage.
Technical AssistanceTechnical Assistance
Get tips, how-tos, links, and resources for your preservation and heritage projects and events.

Federal Grant Public Comment Page

View and comment on federally funded grants projects. 

Researching Historically Marginalized Communities
The latest Heritage Bulletin explores the challenges and opportunies when researching historically marginalized communities. As heritage organizations work to include previously untold stories of their community history, one barrier is access to resources and documentation of those stories. This bulletin offers guidance in this type of research.
Free Historic Cemetery Events in Dayton
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is hosting a variety of activities in Dayton in July. For information contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685.
  1. July 26, 2 p.m. Public meeting of the Commission
  2. July 26, 5:30 p.m. "The Stephens Cemetery: Multiple-owner Management of a Historic Cemetery" with Molly Casperson
  3. July 27, 9:30 a.m. Monument evaluation, cleaning and repair workshop

Digization Survey Highlights Released

In 2018, Oergon Heritage conducted a digital collections survey of heritage organizations in the state. The survey explore level of an approach to collections digitaztion.

Heritage Works! Case Studies Available   How do those great heritage projects get done exactly? We're sharing the secrets of success from several organizations with our Heritage Works! case studies.
Oregon Heritage All-Star Community
Do you think your community thrives on its heritage assets? The Oregon Heritage All-Star Community designation is a way to recognize those communities that make the most of their heritage resources.
Heritage impacts numerous in state
Heritage positively impacts every Oregonian and every Oregon community, from the economy to education to food.