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Grants awarded for museums throughout the state

June 21, 2017

Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 8 grants totaling $55,140 to museums across the state for collections, tourism or education related. Projects range from exhibits to collections housing and awards range from $4,000-$10,000.

Funded projects include:
* Baker Heritage Museum, in Baker City, for a Paint Your Wagon exhibit.
* Deschutes County Historical Society for exhibit lighting and window treatments at the Deschutes County Historical Museum in Bend.
* Douglas County Historical Society for a new HVAC system at the Floed-Lane House in Roseburg.
* High Desert Museum, near Bend, for the "Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo" exhibit and programming.
* Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, in Joseph, for an interactive interpretive kiosk.
* Oregon Historical Society to update the educational traveling trunks and develop new curriculum.
* Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health, in Salem, for research into and care of 97 pieces of art, some produced by patients.
* Sheridan Museum of History for the installation of exhibits in the new museum.

This competitive grant program is for qualifying museums, and is offered annually in the spring. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon 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.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Museum Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.