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Heritage Vitality Assessment
Your view on Oregon heritage's future sought now
You are invited to give your views on potential solutions to the challenges faced by organizations, businesses and individuals in the Oregon heritage community.
The online survey about the solutions is the next-to-last stage of an Oregon Heritage Vitality Assessment by the Oregon Heritage Commission. The final stage will be adoption of the assessment and recommended solutions by the Heritage Commission later this fall.
“The Heritage Commission would like your input on which of the issues are the most important and the best ways to solve those issues,” said commission chair George Kramer. “Solutions may come from work on the local, state or national level.”
Last fall, the Heritage Commission initiated an assessment of the challenges being faced by heritage in Oregon. The assessment included a survey, individual interviews and data gathering.
The survey asks individuals for their views about eight issues and solutions for each. The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Click here to take the survey.

What is the assessment?
Oregon heritage comes in all forms, shapes and interests
The Oregon Heritage Commission has launched an Oregon Heritage Vitality Assessment of the status of heritage and heritage organizations in the state, including the threats they face. The assessment is the first step toward developing a long range strategy for preserving Oregon’s endangered heritage resources.
  “Many cultural heritage organizations and sectors are under stress “said Commission Chair George Kramer of Ashland. “In order to develop successful strategies that address their needs, we need to first discover the many challenges they face. We expect that some of the challenges are nationwide in scope, while others are unique to Oregon.”
In addition to compiling existing data found in diverse locations, the assessment included surveys, forums, data gathering and individual interviews. Among those surveyed and interviewed were archaeologists, archivists, museums, heritage organizations, historic cemeteries, tribes, and preservationists.
presentation with preliminary results was made at the Oregon Heritage Regional Roundups.

Preliminary survey discussion
Following the April presentations about the first surveys' results, extended discusssions took place at the Oregon Heritage Regional Roundups in Jacksonville, La Grande and Oregon City.
Here are notes taken from the discussions:
Oregon City part one
Oregon City part two
La Grande

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