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Larry Landis to represent higher education on the Oregon Heritage Commission

Oct. 30, 2018

Larry Landis of Corvallis has been selected by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to be its representative on the Oregon Heritage Commission.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine voting members that represent Oregon's diverse heritage and nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. As a representative of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Landis will advise Heritage Commission members and staff on perspectives, developments, information and opportunities in the state’s public colleges and universities related to cultural heritage.

Landis serves as the director of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, a department of the Oregon State University Libraries and Press. He has been an archivist at OSU since early 1991, and much of his work has focused on heritage, particularly the history of OSU, natural resources in Oregon, and underrepresented communities. He authored A School for the People: A Photographic History of Oregon State University (OSU Press, 2015); was part of the leadership team that helped to develop “Oregon State University: A Legacy of Transformation,” the major OSU150 exhibit hosted by the Oregon Historical Society; and played a major role in Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Experience episode on OSU. Landis holds a Master’s degree in history with a minor in archives administration from Texas Christian University.

“We are pleased to work with Larry Landis,” said Beth Dehn, Heritage Commission Coordinator. “He is known for collaborative work that connects Oregon’s public higher education institutions with local historical societies, museums, and public libraries. He will be a strong advisor in helping the Heritage Commission meet the goals of the Heritage Plan.”

“I have admired and supported the work of Oregon Heritage Commission since its establishment in 1995. The commission has strong ties to higher education in Oregon, particularly through its Oregon Heritage Fellows Program. I look forward to serving on the commission and strengthening its connections to heritage related programs and resources at all of Oregon's public higher education institutions,” noted Landis about his role.

The mission of the Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, commission coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or Beth.Dehn@Oregon.gov or visit the Commission’s website at oregonheritage.org.