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Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with annual event May 9 at State Capitol State Park

April 29, 2019

Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), will host the 11th annual Preservation Month Fair 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 9 at State Capitol State Park in Salem. 20 heritage organizations will be displaying historic military vehicles, artifacts and engaging exhibits that tell Oregon's story and highlight preservation projects in communities throughout the state.
 
“May is National Historic Preservation Month and it’s an opportunity for communities to reflect on significant places, artifacts, and collections that help tell the stories of our past,” said Christine Curran, Deputy Historic Preservation Officer. “The fair aims to recognize the contributions of those individuals and organizations that preserve those stories and places.”
 
The fair will be set up on the Capitol grounds on the north side of Court Street, opposite the Capitol building. The event is free and open to the public.
 
On display at the event will be an operating World War II M3A1 Stuart Light Tank and a U.S. Military jeep used during the Korean War. A free tour of the Capitol grounds led by OPRD staff will leave from the fair at 11:10 a.m., ending at the Capitol building. A separate, free tour of the Capitol tower and observation deck will begin at noon at the information kiosk inside the Capitol building.
 
Please arrive 10 minutes early for each tour. A signed liability waiver is required for the Capitol tower tour.
 
More information about National Historic Preservation Month:  www.nps.gov/nR/feature/presmonth/index.htm
 
Learn more about Oregon Heritage: www.oregonheritage.org
 
Event exhibitors: the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians; Coquille Indian Tribe; Willamette Heritage Center; Hoover Minthorn Museum; Deepwood Estate; City of Salem Landmarks Program; Lord and Schryver Conservancy; Antique Powerland; Caples House Museum Complex; Pioneer Newell Village; Bush House Museum; Oregon Museum of Mental Health; Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House at the Oregon Garden; Oregon Capitol Foundation; Oregon State Library; Friends of Silver Falls State Park; Oregon Department of Transportation; Oregon State Archives; Oregon Forrest Resource Center; and Oregon Heritage.