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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 Forest Grove, April 17-19, 2024!

​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

Find our more information and register here.

​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

2023 Workshops will be annnounced in summer.

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.

Cemetery Preservation Workshop

June 17, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery
750 S 7th Street, Coos Bay

FREE, registration required

Marker evaluation, cleaning and repair workshop

It will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling, resetting and repair. The workshop is presented by Dave Pinyerd and Bernadette Niederer of Historic Preservation Northwest. Sponsored by the City of Coos Bay.

Participants should bring their lunch, snacks, water to drink, a stool or folding chair to sit on, gloves to wear, a hat, sunscreen, appropriate clothing as this is a hands-on workshop, comfortable shoes, a pen and note pad and camera if they want to take photos during the workshop. The workshop will take place rain or shine.

Contact: Kuri Gill 503-393-6787 or


Kuri Gill
(503) 383-6787