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Two state heritage boards meet May 4 in the State Capitol

April 19, 2016

Two state heritage boards will meet May 4 in in the Oregon State Capitol during the Oregon Heritage Conference.

The Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 9 a.m. in separate rooms. The Heritage Commission will be in Room 243 and the Historic Cemeteries Commission will be in Room 257. Their meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. Meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting by calling 503-986-0690.

The Oregon Heritage Commission agenda include consideration of an Oregon Heritage Tradition nomination, adoption of bylaws, and other heritage topics.

The Heritage Commission is 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. For more information, contact coordinator Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries agenda includes a legislative update, planning of future events, and other topics related to historic cemeteries.

State law established the seven-member Commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or kuri.gill@oregon.gov 

For more information about both commissions, visit www.oregonheritage.org