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2013 Heritage Excellence Awards announced

April 26, 2013

Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive 2013 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards in two weeks in Portland. The awards will be presented at 7 p.m. May 9 at a dinner at the Melody Ballroom. The public is invited to attend the awards presentation.

"The award recipients represent the diversity of efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others for how to make the most out of available resources."

The recipients will be:

  • Don Ivy, Coos Bay, for his outstanding leadership to increase understanding, appreciation, and perpetuation of traditional cultures and culturally important sites throughout Oregon.
  • Heceta Head Lighthouse Restoration Project, Lane County, as an exceptional example of an extensive, successful restoration project of a historically significant structure.
  •  Kay Holbo, Eugene, for her extraordinary leadership in the preservation of Oregon's historic cemeteries, and especially the Eugene Masonic Cemetery.
  • Oregon Archaeology, written by University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History archaeologists, for the book's outstanding contribution to the field of archaeology in the state.
  • "Coming Home: Voices of Return and Resettlement, 1945-1965" exhibition and public programs by Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Portland, as an exceptional example of an innovative and community-based approach to exhibition development.
  • "History: Made by You" project, Medford by the Southern Oregon Historical Society, as an excellent example of a relevant, successful, and unique outreach program that has generated unprecedented community response.
  • Springdale School Restoration project, Corbett, as an example of an outstanding historic preservation project that benefits the local community.
  • Willamette River (Oregon City) Bridge Rehabilitation project, Oregon City, as an extraordinary example of a successful restoration of a historically significant bridge.

    The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year's awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Conference.

    Tickets for the awards presentation are available by completing the registration form. For more information, contact Cara Kaser at cara.kaser@state.or.us  or (503) 986-0670.