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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.

Join us for the 2021 Oregon Heritage Summit, Collaboration is Key!

We will see you in Corvallis for the 2022 Oregon Heritage Conference!

​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) and Board development (2019).

2021 Oregon Heritage Summit
April 29-30

Collaboration is key! We know the reasons to partner with other groups and individuals- to reach new audiences with our missions, create lasting impacts, and increase the return on our investments of time and money. But let’s be honest, true collaboration that is mutually beneficial is process driven. It takes time and commitment, and it doesn’t happen immediately. As communities across Oregon do the hard work of recovering from COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to use our resources strategically and collaborate rather than compete. The 2021 Heritage Summit will focus on understanding needs, priorities, and opportunities within our communities. True collaboration can help us make history visible and heritage organizations even more relevant.

Visit our 2021 Oregon Heritage Summit information page for information on schedule of events, registration, and more.

Please request translation serves, if need, at least 72 hours before the event by calling (503) 986-0690.

​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.

2021 Oregon Main Street Conference, Dates and Location TBD

​Oregon Heritage offers at least one workshop at multiple locations across the state each year. Topics range from collection care, to organization capacity, to tools to help organization communicate the value of heritage to their stakeholders.

A Conversation on “Pioneer”

What do we hear in the word “pioneer”? What does the word mean to you and your organization, how does it echo, and what are the impacts of using it in your work?

A presentation at the 2019 Oregon Heritage Summit, recent action on pioneer statues and memorials, and more understanding of the complexities of the term have lead Oregon Heritage to offer a conversation for people working on Oregon history.

We all care about Oregon history and want to share it. This online participatory conversation will pick up the themes and energy of the overflowing summit conversation. It will provide an opportunity to connect with peers around the state and to think together about heritage work. It will also prepare the way for conversations you may want to have within your organization and with your audiences and community partners about different perspectives on the term and the work.

Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, which has been running Connect in Place and the Conversation Project for many years, will partner with Oregon Heritage in designing and facilitating this session.

Register in advance to join the free conversation online March 10, 3:00-4:30pm.

If you missed the summit conversation and you would like additional context, Oregon Jewish Museum and Oregon Historical Society are offering a panel discussion on the topic. Register for History, Place, and the Reckoning with Pioneer Statues and Memorials a free online program. February 18, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm.


Kuri Gill
(503) 383-6787

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