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Volunteers help direct heritage preservation for the state.

Learn more about the important work of the committees and commissions that support heritage projects throughout the state.

The members of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries meet four times a year in communities around the state. The purpose of the commission is to document and support the preservation of historic cemeteries in Oregon. Any cemetery that includes the burial of at least one person who died before February 14, 1909 and is listed with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is considered historic. 

OCHC has developed position papers regarding best practices for historic cemeteries.


Seeking Commissioners

OCHC is currently seeking commissioners from the central and coastal parts of the state. If you are interested email a letter and resume to Kuri Gill. Include why you would like to serve, what interests or skills you would bring, and ideas about what you would like to acheive with the commission. Submit by October 30, 2020.

 

Annual Meeting Schedule
The OCHC conducts quarterly meetings at sites around Oregon. These meetings have a business session and often tour a of historic cemeteries, history presentations or workshops. All meetings and activities are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Meetings and Agendas
This will be updated closer to the meeting date.
Draft July Minutes
February 5, 2021
April 23, 2021
June 11, 2021
July 15, 2021
These dates, times and locations are subject to change.

For current information about the exact time and locations, or about agendas, contact Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries Coordinator.

​Past Meeting Minutes
​2018​2019​2020
February
February
​February
April
April
​Canceled
June
June
June
​July
​July
​July
October
​October
​October


Staff
Kuri Gill, Historic Cemeteries Program Coordinator
Jamie French, Archaeologist

Commissioners

Bev Power, Medford (Chair)
Bev Power managed the IOOF Eastwood Cemetery for the Medford Parks and Recreation Department for a number of years. She brings skill and interest in management, information management, and technology for historic cemeteries.

Milo Reed, Portland (Vice-Chair)
Milo Reed is a historian working for Multnomah County Libraries. He has worked with Oregon Black Pioneers, Vanport Mosaic and other heritage efforts in the state. He has a personal interest in historic cemeteries.
Charlotte Lehan, Wilsonville
Charlotte Lehan is on the board of the Pleasant View Cemetery. She also has extensive experience cemterey mapping, heritage tourism and in state and local government.

Coastal, vacant

Sarah Silbernagel, Pendleton
Sarah Silbernagel is an archaeologist based out of Pendleton. Her work takes her out to remote places. Her interest in historic cemeteries is both professional and person, as her family is involved in Oregon's historic cemeteries.

Central/Eastern Oregon, vacant
Shawn Steinmetz, La Grande
Shawn Steinmetz is an archaeology who works for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He has particular interest and experience in indentifying undocumented graves through non-invasive techniques.

The Oregon Heritage Commission is a group of leaders from across the state that works collaboratively to champion resources, recognition, and funding for preserving and interpreting Oregon’s past. Founded in 1995 by the Legislature, the Heritage Commission is comprised of nine gubernatorial appointments and nine ex-officio members. The Commission is designated in ORS 358.570-595 as the primary agency for coordination of heritage activities in Oregon.

2020-2025 Oregon Heritage Plan: Prepared by the Heritage Commission, the 2020-2025 Oregon Heritage Plan identifies opportunities to strengthen heritage in the state and lays the foundation for the Commission’s priorities.

Annual Meeting Schedule
The Oregon Heritage Commission conducts quarterly meetings at sites around Oregon. These meetings have a business session and often tour of heritage sites and organizations in the region. All meetings and tours are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Meetings and Agendas
2020

  • Jan. 25, 2021 - Agenda TBD

    For current information about the exact time and locations, or about agendas, contact Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator.

    ​Past Meeting Minutes
    ​2018​2019​2020
    ​January 22
    January 14
    January 13
    April 11
    April 25
    April 22
    ​June 6
    June 3
    August 3
    July 30
    ​July 29

    ​October 8
    October 18


    Staff
    Katie Henry, Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator
    Kuri Gill, Grants and Outreach Coordinator

    Commissioners
    Chelsea Rose, Chair
    Jacksonville
    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.

    Matías Trejo de Dios, Vice Chair
    Salem
    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).

    MatíasTrejo 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.
     
    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, Bend
    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.

    Rosemary Johnson, Astoria
    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.

    Todd Kepple, Klamath Falls
    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.

    Amit Kobrowski (advisory)
    Kobrowski serves as the Social Science Specialist for the Department of Education. Prior, he taught in the Beaverton School District for over 20 years. His passion in the classroom is making social science curriculum relevant, accessible, and challenging for all learners. Kobrowski holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and has completed graduate programs at Portland State University and American University.

    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 administration from Texas Christian University.

    Anne LeVant Prahl, Portland
    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, Portland
    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.

    Jennifer Patterson (advisory)
    Jennifer Patterson is the State Librarian of Oregon. She has previously served in a variety of leadership roles in community colleges, university libraries, and public libraries. Patterson has a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of California Los Angeles and a master's of public administration from the University of Colorado Denver.

    Kerry Savage, Baker City
    Savage has been the Baker County Assessor since 2008. Prior to this role, he served in a variety of positions in the Assessor's office since 1987. He is active in statewide and community organizations including the Oregon State Association of County Assessor's, the Ford Family Leadership program, Scouts, Little League, and YMCA programs. He holds a degree from Eastern Oregon 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.

    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.

    Michelle Woodard (advisory)
    Woodard is the grants manager for Travel Oregon and monitors Travel Oregon's competitive and matching grant programs. She is responsible for increasing positive economic impacts of tourism and strengthening Oregon's diverse local tourism industry through Travel Oregon Grants.

    The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) is a nine-member, governor appointed body of citizens with expertise in fields relating to historic preservation. The SACHP reviews all proposed National Register nominations in Oregon.

    Annual Meeting Schedule
    The SACHP conducts three meetings a year at sites around Oregon. These meetings have a business session and often a tour of heritage sites and organizations in the region. All meetings and tours are free and open to the public

    Upcoming Meetings and Agendas

    October 15-16, 2020 - Agenda

    February 2021 - TBD

    For current information about the exact time and locations, or about agendas, contact Robert Olguin, SACHP Coordinator, at robert.olguin@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0668.


    ​Past Meeting Minutes
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    ​2018​2019​2020
    ​FebruaryFebruaryFebruary​
    June​June​June
    October​October​October


    Recently listed Oregon properties in the National Register can be found here.

    Staff

    Robert Olguin, National Register Coordinator
    Tracy Collis, National Register Administrative Staff

    Committee Members

    Stephen Dow Beckham (Chair)
    Lake Oswego
    Stephen Dow Beckham is Pamplin Professor of History, Emeritus, Lewis & Clark College.  Prof.
    Beckham taught courses for forty-two years on the American West, Native Americans, environmental history, and the Pacific Northwest.  He is a former Oregon Professor of the Year, recipient of the American Historical Association's distinguished award, former member of the Board of Advisers of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and was a founding board member of the Historic Preservation League of Oregon (Restore Oregon).  He has researched and written the exhibits at the Oregon Trail Center, Baker City; Gorge Discovery Center/Wasco County Museum, The Dalles; "Oregon My Oregon" and "Oregon Voices" at the Oregon Historical Society, and other exhibits from the Library of Congress to the master plan for the Hong Kong Museum of History.

    Mark Tveskov, Ashland
    Mark Tveskov is a professor of Anthropology at Southern Oregon University and is the Director of the SOU Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA), which he founded in 1998.  A native of Connecticut, Tveskov has conducted historical and archaeological research in Oregon since 1993. His research interests include prehistoric and historic era archaeology, cultural ecology, identity, colonialism, public archaeology, and cultural resource management.  Most recently, Tveskov has been researching the archaeology of the Rogue River Wars of the 1850s, which has included work at the U.S. Army's Fort Lane, and the discovery of the location of the Battle of Hungry Hill, the site of one of the largest battles of the Indian Wars of the Pacific Northwest.

    Julie Osborne, Birkenfeld
    Julie has worked for more than 25 years in the field of historic preservation. She received her Masters degree from the University of Utah, worked as the National Register coordinator for the states of Utah and Oregon, preservation planner for the city of Salem, cultural resources specialist for ODOT, and as a cultural resources consultant throughout the intermountain and northwest regions. Most recently, Julie worked as the Oregon State Parks Historian, researching OPRD’s historic assets and assisting project managers in exploring options to minimize impacts to heritage park resources. She and her husband, Rick, now live at Fishhawk Lake in Clatsop County.

    Gwendolyn Trice, Enterprise
    Gwendolyn is the founder and Executive Director of the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, a museum located in Joseph, Oregon in the center of the Arts and Cultural District which focuses on collecting, preserving, and interpreting the rich history of the multicultural railroad logging community of Maxville, Oregon and similar communities in the Pacific Northwest. Gwendolyn, a videographer contributed key oral history interviews, photographs and transcripts for the Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary, "The Logger's Daughter", which shed light on the little-known history of African American loggers and their families who migrated to Maxville from all over the South and Midwest. Gwendolyn created several references to these individuals such as the Oregon Encyclopedia on-line, Blackpast.org, Preservation Magazine, the Forum Quarterly, and the Oregon Historic Quarterly. Gwendolyn also serves on the Oregon State Advocacy Commission on of Black Affairs, and is a 2015 recipient of the Oregon Women of Achievement Award.

    David Harrelson, Grand Ronde
    David is the Cultural Resources Department Manager for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon (CTGR). He has worked in the cultural resources management field since 2010. He is Kalapuya and an enrolled member of CTGR. His recent work as Cultural Resources Manager has included development and reopening of Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center as well as overseeing the development of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office at CTGR.

    Stephen Mark, Crater Lake
    Stephen R. Mark joined the National Park Service in 1988 as a historian and is based at Crater Lake National Park.  He also serves Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, but has also completed projects for John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks, Yosemite National Park, and Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Steve contributes entries to the Oregon Encyclopedia, and has written books and articles about the Pacific Northwest, especially its public lands.  His work also includes historic preservation, both as a compliance specialist and researcher, specializing in linear resources and rustic architecture.

    Heidi Slaybaugh, Bend
    Heidi Slaybaugh has wide-ranging experience in the field of architecture with an empaphis in historic preservation. She is a Project Manager and Senior Associate at BLRB Architects in Bend, Oregon. She has worked on preservation projects ranging from the rehabilitation of Pasadena City Hall, in Pasadena, California to the adaptive reuse of a fire hall addition to the Wallowa County Historical Museum in Joseph, Oregon. She also developed the Historic Design Guidelines for the City of Enterprise, Oregon and the revised Preservation Code for Deschutes County and the City of Bend. Heidi served as the Chair of the Bend Landmarks Commission for 10 years and previously served on the
    Deschutes County Historical Landmarks Commission. With her vast knowledge and experience, Heidi meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for Historic Preservation.

    John Arroyo, Eugene
    John Arroyo, PhD, AICP is an Assistant Professor in Engaging Diverse Communities at the University of Oregon. Arroyo’s applied research and teaching agendas focus on inclusive urbanism, particularly the social and cultural dimensions of diverse built environments in underrepresented communities. An urban planner and spatial policy expert by training, he has over 20 years of local, state, and national cultural heritage experience. Arroyo is a former Local Emerging Leader and Mildred Colodny National Diversity Fellow at the National Trust for Historic Preservation (National Main Street Center) and has worked in preservation advocacy and technical assistance for The Getty Foundation and Los Angeles Conservancy; as a consultant and research associate for national foundations such as The Kresge Foundation and ArtPlace America; as a program manager for local landmarks registers, state-based heritage-based tax credit programs, Main Street programs, and cultural landscape and preservation plans; and as a board member for neighborhood preservation organizations. His work has been supported by the American Collegiate Schools of Planning, American Planning Association, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Research Council/Ford Foundation. He received a doctorate in Urban Planning, Policy, and Design as well as a Master’s in City Planning and a Certificate in Urban Design from MIT. He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

    Jacqueline Cheung, The Dalles
    Jacqueline Cheung is an archaeologist who has done excavations, site documentation and research on prehistoric and historic period sites across the Northwest. She has worked for private contractors, the Colville Confederated Tribes and for the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Lava Beds National Monument, Mount Rainier National Park, and Crater Lake National Park. In recent years, she has worked on sites associated with the Oregon Chinese diaspora, helping with excavations and historic research. She has lived in The Dalles for 30 years, living in and renovating a historic house (which is on the National Register) and helping to renovate a historic Chinese merchandise store in what was once the city’s Chinatown.

    The HARC reviews a determination when a request for review is made by an individual who does not agree with the determination made by the State Historic Preservation Officer regarding an application to, or participation in, the Oregon Special Assessment of Historic Property tax benefit program.  Appointments to the review committee shall be based on representation of interests of the county assessors, the historic preservation community, the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, the development community, and local government.

    Annual Meeting Schedule
    The HARC meets annually in Salem and will meet in February and June if an appeal has been filed to be heard.

    Upcoming Meetings and Agendas
    October 20, 2020, 9am

    Previous Meeting Minutes:


    For current information about the exact time and locations, or about agendas, contact
    the Special Assessment Program Coordinator.

    Staff
    Robert Olguin
    Committee Members
    Development Community – Jessica Engeman, Venerable Properties, Portland
    Preservation Community – Peggy Moretti, Director, Restore Oregon, Portland
    County Assessor – Ruth Staten, Jackson County Assessor’s Office, Medford
    Local Government – Amanda Ferguson, Planner, City of Cottage Grove
    State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation – Appointment in Process


    Contacts

    Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries

    Kuri Gill
    503-986-0685
    kuri.gill@oregon.gov

    Oregon Heritage Commission

    Katie Henry
    503-986-0671
    katie.henry@oregon.gov

    State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation

    Robert Olguin
    503-986-0668
    robert.olguin@oregon.gov

    Historic Assessment Review Committee

    Ian Johnson
    ian.johnson@oregon.gov

    Meeting Accomodations

    To request special accommodations to participate in a meeting, inlcuding translation services, please contact us at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting.
    Tracy Collis
    503-986-0690
    tracy.collis@oregon.gov

    Commission & Commitee Statutes and Rules

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