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2022 Oregon Heritage Conference:
The Power of Heritage
April 27-29, Virtual

The power of heritage has never before been made so clear as it has in recent times. In 2020 we had planned to inspire heritage organizations at the conference, to help you realize and enact your organization’s power within your communities. Instead, you blew us away with your proactive actions, your steadfastness, and most of all, your resilience. From proactive collecting for historic events, providing information about similar historic events, responding to civil unrest, saving historic sites form fires, to just surviving financial uncertainty. You harnessed the power, now let’s embrace it and multiply it.

Join us in 2022 as we explore ways in which heritage preservation empowers communities, uncovers untold stories, preserves history in the making, creatively engages audiences, and proves its value.

UPDATE: On Jan. 20 Oregon Heritage staff made the decision to transition the conference from in person to virtual. See our message on this decision here.

ATTENTION CONFERENCE REGISTRANTS! If you have not received communication about how to log into the conference sessions, please first check your email spam folder. If you do see anything in your spam folder, email

Looking forward to seeing/hearing you all later this week!

Thursday Plenary Speaker: Vu Le

Vu Le is the author of the NonprofitAF blog which uses humor and insight to explore topics related to nonprofit management, culture, fundraising, diversity, community engagement, and more. He is the former Executive Director of RVC, a Seattle nonprofit that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. He will provide his thoughts on how organizations can re-imagine their structure and provide some advice on how organizations can get serious about board diversity.

Friday Plenary Speaker: Willie Richardson

Willie Richardson has been doing history in Oregon for decades, she has presented for and collaborated with a variety of organizations around the state and was one of the founders of Oregon Black Pioneers. Ms. Richardson will share her personal perspective on heritage work in Oregon. She will reflect on changes over time and the value of collecting and sharing the broad stories of Oregon’s history.

Three days of workshops, sessions, virtual tours, inspiring speakers, networking opportunities (SO MANY networking opportunities), celebration of heritage work, and more. Submit ideas to Kuri Gill, 503-986-0685,

Full Registration includes:
-    All sessions and plenary speakers
-    Virtual tours
-    All workshops
-    Networking events
-    Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards

Be one of the first 200 to REGISTER by April 12 to receive a conference packet by mail.

You can register the following ways.

Mar 8 - Apr 27
OPRD Online Store​ ​- Click the links below to access registration.
Full Conference
Full Conference Student
​Wednesday, April 27 ONLY
​Thursday, April 28 ONLY
​Friday, April 29 ONLY
Zoom registration - click the link to register​ ​
Excellence Awards ​Banquet ONLY, April 28 5:00-6:00 p.m.
​SHPOLOOZA ONLY, April 27 1:30-1:40 p.m. & April 28 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Is registering for the conference simple? No.
Is it worth it? Yes!

Thanks for your patience! Here are some instructions to help you out.

Registering on the Oregon State Parks Store Instructions
Please register only one attendee per transaction. Again, sorry.
  • Go to the Oregon State Parks Store and click on events. Or, click on the link above.
  • Select the type of registration from the store menu. A new window will open.
  •  You will see an option to increase the quantity, please keep the quantity at ‘1’.
  • Click 'Add to Cart'. Selected items will appear in your cart.
  • Click on the cart in the upper right to see your selection.
  • Once there, click check out and follow the instructions.
  • If you are paying for someone who is not you. At checkout - Enter the attendee information in the shipping information (step 1) and the purchaser information in the customer section (step 3). Please do this so we know who is attending what.
  • The attendee will receive an email with registration information.
Email or call (503)986-0685 Kuri Gill for accessibility accommodations (AV, translation, etc.) by April 12.

Full refund cancellations are available through April 27, 2022.

Email or call (503)986-0685
Kuri Gill for registration questions.

​Join friends and colleagues for the annual Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards! Awards will be presented to individuals, organizations, and projects that have made the most of their available resources to contribute to preserving Oregon's heritage.

Nominations will open winter 2023!

​Let's have some fun!

No conference snacks? No way! Create your own snacks and special beverages for happy hour and the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards. Recipes

Need some inspiring entertainment for your morning or lunchtime walk? Enjoy some Oregon and heritage work themed podcasts and playlists. List

Benton County Area Tours- There's some time on the schedule Wednesday, but you can enjoy these tours anytime. This is a chance to enjoy the area where the conference would have been.
•    Willamette Grange Video Tour - Willamette Grange #52 was chartered as part of the Oregon State Grange in 1873, and is an organization promoting agriculture, forestry, & rural residents. It is the second oldest working grange in Oregon.
•    Hull-Oakes Lumber Mill Video Tour - A complete tour of the Hull Oaks Lumber Company in Monroe, Oregon, one of the last steam-operated sawmills in the country, from arriving timber to finished product.
•    Benton County Courthouse Video Tour Series - Enjoy a detailed tour of the historic Benton County Courthouse through a series of four videos filmed throughout the building. Scroll to the bottom of this page for the series.

New Corvallis Museum - virtual tour

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Katie Henry
(503) 877-8834