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Six to receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards

April 22, 2016

Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards May 5 in Salem. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

"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:

-- Oregon Digital Newspaper Program, a cooperative, ground-breaking effort led by the University of Oregon Libraries to digitize more than 740,000 pages of historic newspapers and create related educational resources.

-- Oregon Archaeological Society, for its decades of work educating the public about archaeology, preserving cultural resources and advancing archaeological knowledge.

-- J.S. Cooper Block Restoration, for an outstanding effort to restore an Independence landmark that has helped to rejuvenate the downtown area.

-- B.A. Beierle, for her enduring and collaborative efforts to sustain the historic resources of Corvallis and Benton County.

-- Gary Dielman, for his decades-long work preserving and writing about the history of Baker County, including the 10,000 historic images collected by the Baker County Library District.

-- Sally Donovan of Hood River, for her dedication and outstanding work on behalf of Oregon's heritage resources, including her leadership in working with historic cemeteries.

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 using the online registration system that is available through www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx. For more information, contact Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov