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Awards & Recognition

Oregon Heritage Excellence Award

Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, businesses and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon heritage and raise the quality of heritage-oriented activities. Nominations are encouraged for exceptional and meritorious work. Special consideration is given to the development of new ideas, approaches and innovations.
Application Deadline: January 
Get more info about the awards 

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Oregon Heritage All-Star Community

OPRD Heritage All-Star logo RGB.jpgThe Oregon Heritage All-Star program is a way to recognize communities that make the most of their heritage resources. Oregon Heritage created a list of heritage related criteria by which the program can be measured.

A Heritage All-Star Community meets 15 of the 20 criteria. To receive designation the community must apply using the form provided here. The application is reviewed by Oregon Heritage staff and the designation is approved by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

All-Stars receive special benefits.
  • a certificate for display
  • two metal signs for display
  • The designation noted on the online Oregon Blue Book entry
  • the designation noted on the Travel Oregon web site
  • a logo to use in publications and marketing materials
  • Heritage All-Star Community Technical Services

Heritage All-Star Community Application

Communities that meet 10 of the criteria are eligible to receive specific training and technical support to attain All-Star level. To receive this assistance, fill out and submit an Application of Interest.

Heritage All-Star Community Application of Interest

Oregon Heritage provides technical and grant assistance for heritage efforts in all communities. Please contact Beth Dehn for information about these services, Beth.Dehn@Oregon.gov or 503-986-0696.

Current Oregon Heritage All-Star Communities




Cottage Grove

Oregon City



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Oregon Heritage Tradition

Communities in Oregon have events that have over the years have become associated with what it means to be an Oregonian. In short, if you have attended these events, you are truly an Oregonian.
The Oregon Heritage Tradition designation recognizes those events more than 50 years old that represent what it means to be an Oregonian.
This is an ongoing designation unless the Oregon Heritage Tradition is discontinued or no longer meets criteria.
The designated event may be considered for a declaration of statewide anniversary celebration at major milestones of 100 years, 150 years, etc., if it meets the criteria for a statewide anniversary celebration. 

For more information, the application process, and designated traditions, visit the Tradition's website.

Beth Dehn, Oregon Heritage Coordinator
Phone: (503) 986-0696
Email: Beth.Dehn@oregon.gov


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State Heritage Area

The purpose of the State Heritage Area program is to promote heritage conservation and economic development in regions with a distinct and significant historic character that represent important aspects of Oregon's history. Designation recognizes both the high quality of the resources in the area and the effective performance of the organization responsible for furthering the goals of the heritage area. For more information contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

-> State Heritage Area Information and Application

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Oregon Heritage Stewardship Award

People all over the state are doing good things to preserve Oregon's historic and cultural resources. The Heritage Stewardship Award is designed to recognize these "Heritage Heroes" and publicize their conscientious efforts.
Previous Heritage Heroes
-> Erica French 
-> Michael Dryden 
-> Stacy Schneyder, Meris Mullaley, and ICF Jones & Stokes 
-> Chad Beam, Dave Couch, Corey Level, Zach Smith, and Beam & Couch Excavation Company 
-> Cascade Recycling 
-> Winemakers Investment Properties, LLC 
-> Western Oregon University and Willamette University Students 

-> Bethel School District

Heritage Hero Homepage

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