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Oregon Heritage Commission


Beth Dehn, Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator
(503) 986-0696

Kuri Gill, Grants and Outreach Coordinator
(503) 986-0685


Todd Kepple, Chair
Todd Kepple is the director of the Klamath County Museums. He has lived in Klamath Falls since 1990, where he was previously employed in the newspaper industry, working 15 years as a reporter and editor for the Herald and News in Klamath Falls. He is active in Scouting, and his hobbies include arboriculture.

Chelsea Rose, Vice Chair
Chelsea Rose is an archaeologist and adjunct faculty member with the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology. She writes a monthly column about Jacksonville archaeology and was an on-camera host for Time Team America when it aired nationally on PBS from 2008-2012. She is the recipient of the Jeffersonian Award, an annual recognition given to a scholar by professional archaeologists and historians working in northern California and southern Oregon.

Carole Astley (advisory)
Carole Astley is the Director of Industry and Visitor Services for Travel Oregon. In her role, she oversees the tourism matching grants program, state welcome centers, travel and tourism industry trainings and the Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism. 
Chrissy Curran (advisory)

Chrissy Curran is the deputy state historic preservation officer. She also is a member of the Oregon Historical Quarterly editorial board.

Laura Ferguson
Laura Ferguson is the Curator of Western History at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon. She holds a BS from Oregon State University and an MA and Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ferguson worked with the University of California, Berkeley's Teaching American History program, which supported history education in K-12 classrooms. She served as a visiting assistant professor at Whitman College and served as the faculty advisor to the student-led American Indian Association and collaborated with colleagues to improve management of and access to the college's collections.

Mary Beth Herkert (advisory)
Herkert is coordinator of the State Historic Records Advisory Board and has been state archivist since 2006.  She holds a master’s in history from the State University of New York at Albany and is a Certified Records Manager.

Rosemary Johnson 
Johnson was the Planner and Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Astoria until her retirement in 2014. She current works as a planning consultant for the City, acting as project manager on projects such as the restoration of the Doughboy Monument and the design and construction of the Scandinavian Heritage Park.

Larry Landis (advisory)
Landis serves as the director of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, a department of the Oregon State University Libraries and Archives. Much of his work has focused on heritage, particularly the history of OSU, natural resources in Oregon, and underrepresented communities. He holds a Master's degree in history with a minor in archives administrtion from Texas Christian University.

Sarah LeCompte
Sarah LeCompte is manager of the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City. She also serves on the Baker City Historic District Design Review Board, and has assisted the Baker County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Museums Association.

Anne LeVant Prahl
Anne LeVant Prahl is curator of collections for the Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education, where she oversees the oral history program and collects first person narratives. She holds a master’s in Folklore and Museum Studies from the University of Texas, Austin.

Kim S. Moreland
Kim S. Moreland is a senior project manager for Prosper Portland where she is responsible for managing redevelopment and investment priorities for the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area, roughly located in N/NE Portland. She is on the board of directors of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation and is vice-president of the Oregon Black Pioneers. As a member of the Oregon Black Pioneers she has co-curated two exhibits and authored a book. She holds a master's in Urban & Regional Planning (MURP)from Portland State University and an MBA from George Fox University.

Layne Sawyer (advisory)
Layne Sawyer has worked at the Oregon State Archives since 1986. Before coming to work for the State Archives she worked as manuscripts curator at the Oregon Historical Society. She earned her undergraduate degree in American history from Washington State University and a master in library science degree from the University of Denver. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, Northwest Archivists, and other heritage organizations.

Matías Trejo de Dios
Trejo De Dios has worked for the State of Oregon since 1997. His work with the state includes Internet Technology, Marketing, Bilingual Communications, Multimedia Production and Employment. Trejo De Dios is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana(ICO).

MaasTrejo De Dios ha trabajado para el estado de Oregón desde el año 1997. Su trabajo con el estado incluye las áreas de tecnología de Internet, mercadotecnia, comunicaciones bilingües, producción audiovisual y empleo. Trejo De Dios es el fundador y Director Ejecutivo de la organización sin ánimo de lucro Instituto de Cultura Oregonian

Kerry Tymchuk (advisory)
Kerry Tymchuk, an author and historian, is the executive director of the Oregon Historical Society. He chaired the 2012 Legislative Task Force on Heritage Vitality.


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  Oregon Heritage Commission meeting at CAPACES Leadership Institute
  in Woodburn, OR.

Oregon Heritage Commission conducts quarterly meetings at sites around Oregon. These meetings often include a business session as well as a tour of heritage sites and organizations in the region. All meetings and tours are free and open to the public.
Upcoming Oregon Heritage Commission meetings (and their anticipated locations) are:


January 14, Eugene/Springfield

April 25, Medford 



October 8, 9:00 a.m. Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main Street  Preliminary Agenda

July 30, 9:00 a.m. Columbia River Martime Museum, Astoria Preliminary Agenda

June 4, 1:00 p.m. Phone Meeting Preliminary Agenda

April 11, 9:00 a.m. Liberty Theatre in Bend Preliminary agenda.

January 22, 9:00 a.m., Nordic Northwest, 8800 SW Olsen Rd, Portland OR 97223 Preliminary agenda.



July 24, 9:00 a.m., Douglas County Museum, 123 Museum Dr., Roseburg, OR 97471. Preliminary agenda.

June 5, 2:00 p.m., teleconference, call 1-646-749-3112 and enter access code 469-941-733. Public Listening Room: Room 147, North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem. Preliminary agenda.

April 27, 1:00-3:30 p.m., Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E Sheridan, Newberg, OR 97132.               Preliminary agenda.

January 23, 9 a.m., CAPACES Leadership Institute, 356 Young Street, Woodburn, OR 97071. Preliminary agenda


June 23, 1 p.m.  North Mall Office Building, Room 124A, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem, and via    phone.   Preliminary agenda
Aug. 22, 1 p.m. teleconference, call 1-877-402-9757 and enter access code: 4605348. Public Listening Room: Room 146, North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Ste. C, Salem. Preliminary Agenda
Oct. 17, Community Center, 700 E Gibbs, Cottage Grove. Preliminary agenda

These dates, times and locations are subject to change.

For current information about the exact time and locations, or about agendas, contact Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator Beth Dehn at (503) 986-0696 or Beth.Dehn@oregon.gov. The services, programs and activities of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need special accommodations to participate in an Oregon Heritage Commission meeting or require translation services, please contact the Heritage Programs ADA Coordinator at (503) 986-0690 at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting.




January 14
April 25        



Oct. 8     

July 30       Minutes    
June 6        Minutes
April 11       Minutes
Jan. 22        Minutes


Nov. 6          Minutes

June 5           Minutes
April 27         Minutes
Jan. 23         


Feb 1           Minutes
May 4          Minutes
June 23       Minutes
August 22    Draft Minutes
Oct. 17        Minutes


Feb. 2           Minutes
April 23        Minutes
June 5          Minutes
Sept. 21       Minutes
Nov. 2          Minutes


January 21     Minutes
March 7          Minutes
April 23          Minutes
May 28           Minutes
Sept. 8           Minutes
Dec. 16          Minutes


January 28     Minutes
May 9            Minutes
July 22          Minutes
Nov. 4           Minutes

February 6     Minutes
April 26         Minutes
May 21          Minutes
June 20         Minutes
October 22    Minutes
February 14    Minutes 
April 7            Minutes 
July 18            Minutes 
Nov. 7            Minutes 
Dec. 9            Minutes 
February 1       Minutes 
May 13            Minutes 
June 9              Minutes 
September 27  Minutes 
November 8     Minutes 
February 13    Minutes 
April 16          Minutes 
July 27           Minutes 
November 2    Minutes 
December 18  Minutes 
January 26      Minutes
May 6             Minutes
August 4         Minutes 
November 10  Minutes 
February 5      Minutes
February 26    Minutes
May 3             Minutes
August 6         Minutes
November 5    Minutes