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Statewide Celebrations
The Oregon Heritage Commission is designated by ORS 358.595 as the primary agency for coordination of heritage activities of statewide anniversary celebrations. Coordination of designated statewide anniversary celebrations may include providing communication, technical and financial assistance to government and non-profit organizations that implement the commemoration.
An event or episode may qualify for designation as a statewide anniversary celebration if its impacts are proven to have significance in Oregon beyond the actual event or episode being commemorated. A national effort brought to the state-level may qualify. The details of the coordination are described in Oregon Administrative Rules 736-053-0300 to 736-053-0325.
Consistent with the Oregon Heritage Plan, statewide anniversary celebrations should educate the public about historic events, communicate the value of heritage across the state, and strengthen heritage tourism. This designation does not come with guarantees of financial support from the Oregon Heritage Commission. However, this designation signifies official state recognition, which organizations may find helpful in leveraging additional participation, collaborative partnerships, funding, and outreach.

Future, current and past statewide celebrations declared by the Heritage Commission are:

2016               Historic Columbia River Highway Centennial    Declaration                       
2014               Centennial of Birth of William Stafford   Declaration
2012               Centennial of Women's Suffrage in Oregon
2010               Pendleton Round-Up Centennial    Declaration

2005-2009     Oregon Statehood Sesquicentennial  
2005               Treaty With Tribes of Middle Oregon Sesquicentennial  www.warmsprings.com 
2005               Walla Walla Treaty Council of 1855 www.umatilla.nsn.us
2003-2006      Lewis and Clark Expedition Bicentennial

Every May       Asian-American Heritage Month



Applications will be considered on a rolling deadline. The Oregon Heritage Commission meets quarterly. Please submit your application at least 60 days prior to a Commission meeting to allow for an application to be processed.



Beth Dehn,Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator