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Conferences & Workshops

Oregon Heritage coordinates several different opportunities for trainings, workshops, and conversations supporting heritage preservation efforts in Oregon. We do this through the following:

​This conference is an opportunity for those involved in preserving Oregon's heritage to gather together for three days of workshops, sessions, conversations, and more to help support their efforts and provide opportunities for conversation about larger heritage related issues. The conference also includes the annual Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards.

The next conference will be in 2024! Location and dates TBD.

​In the off year of the conference, Oregon Heritage hosts a summit. The purpose of the summit is to be single issue focused and to provide an opportunity for larger scale discussions to take place at the state-wide level and regional level. Previous year summits have focused on fundraising (2017), Board development (2019), and collaboration (2021).

2023 Oregon Heritage Summit
Investing in your Volunteers: Engage, Sustain, Value
April 27-28

More information coming soon.

​This conference provides the opportunity for those engaged in downtown revitalization efforts to connect to resources, partners, and their downtown to help get work done in their community. Typical attendees include staff and volunteers focused on downtown historic preservation and economic development, downtown business and property owners, government leaders, chamber of commerce professionals and volunteers, and others with an interest in the future of downtown will benefit from attending this conference.

2022 Oregon Main Street Conference, Oct. 5-7, Klamath Falls

2022 Fall Workshop: Change Management for Heritage Organizations

Cost: FREE

Change and disruption have become the norms in recent years due to a variety of factors impacting our world, our nation, and our communities. Change impacts everyone and yet everyone deals with change differently. Rather than constantly reacting to change, there are strategies to anticipate and prepare for change both personally and organizationally. Utilizing existing and emerging change management principles and tools, this interactive workshop will empower and equip participants with a toolkit to develop their own customized approach to change that can be directly applied to the unique needs of their organization moving forward.

The workshops will be presented by Joseph Thouvenel, a seasoned change management professional who has applied his expertise in both higher education and healthcare settings. An experienced and collaborative leader, Joe loves to empower and equip others to realize their potential and achieve success especially during times of transition and disruption. In his current role, Joe works with leaders and teams throughout Providence Health and Services to build capacity for change. Through collaboration, coaching, and meeting facilitation, Joe strives to widen the circle of those who influence strategic change to include people with diverse perspectives and from all levels of an organization. Additionally, Joe has worked and partnered with a number of non-profit organizations in the areas of change readiness, strategy, and program implementation. He is also a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach and is a trained facilitator for Leading Reflective Conversations through Oregon Humanities.

Workshops Dates and Locations:

  • Sept. 29, 1:30-4:30pm, Springfield Public Library, Springfield
  • Sept. 30, 1:00-4:00pm, Medford Public Library, Medford
  • CANCELLED Oct. 17, 12:30-3:30pm, Redmond City Hall, Redmond
  • Oct. 28, 1:00-4:00pm, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton
  • Nov. 10, 1:00-4:00pm, Columbia Maritime Museum, Astoria
  • NEW!Dec. 8, 10:00-12:00am, Virtual (register below)

Register here

Questions? Contact Katie Henry at or 503-877-8834.

​Pleasant View Cemetery

14250 SW Westfall Road, Sherwood
October 21, 2022
Meet at the maintenance building, upper gate

FREE, no registration required.

History Tour - 9:30 a.m.

OCHC commissioner, Charlotte Lehan, will also offer a tour of historic Pleasant View Cemetery. The earliest recorded burial is 1856, but burials likely date back into the 1840’s. Residents include several early captains of the steamboats on the Willamette and Columbia. The cemetery is maintained by a non-profit association and has undergone extensive renovation efforts in the last decade. It is an active cemetery with headstones of every vintage. Most are granite and historic marble, plus a rather impressive zinc monument. There are approximately 3,000 burials.

Ground Penetrating Radar - Demonstration - 10:30 a.m.

OCHC commissioner, Shawn Steinmetz, an archaeologist working for Hoyo, a cultural resources advocacy nonprofit organization, will be leading a discussion of general ground penetrating radar (GPR) concepts and its use in historic cemeteries.  A demonstration of how GPR projects are laid out and data are collected in a cemetery setting.  There will be an opportunity for participants to do GPR data collection during the demonstration. We will discuss outcomes of typical GPR surveys so cemetery managers can better understand if a GPR survey will meet their management goals.


Kuri Gill
(503) 383-6787