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2021 Oregon Heritage Virtual Summit: Collaboration is Key!

April 29-30, 2021

We hope you enjoyed the summit! Check out the 2022 Oregon Heritage Conference for information on our next event.

Collaboration is key! We know the reasons to partner with other groups and individuals- to reach new audiences with our missions, create lasting impacts, and increase the return on our investments of time and money. But let's be honest, true collaboration that is mutually beneficial is process driven. It takes time and commitment, and it doesn't happen immediately. As communities across Oregon do the hard work of recovering from COVID-19, it's more important than ever to use our resources strategically and collaborate rather than compete. The 2021 Heritage Summit will focus on understanding needs, priorities, and opportunities within our communities. True collaboration can help us make history visible and heritage organizations even more relevant.

​Preliminary Schedule (subject to change)

Thursday, April 29

Friday, April 30
  • 8:30am - Collaboration workshop facilitated by University of Kansas' Community Toolbox program
    • This virtual training will provide instruction to the material, as well as opportunities for hands-on application and small breakout discussions. Topics include:
      • Creating and maintaining coalitions and partnerships
      • Promoting coordination, cooperative agreements, and collaborative agreements among partners
  • 12pm - Summit wrap-up

​Registration is open!

Registration includes keynote address, networking moments, Collaboration Success!, Collaboration workshop, and the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards. And you will be included in a drawing for useful publications!

Online access information: You will receive an email with the links to access all of the summit programming about one week prior to the summit, or the day before if register close to the time of the summit.

Summit packet: The first 250 people who register by noon on April 15 will receive a fun conference packet highlighting Corvallis, our 2022 Oregon Heritage Conference location.

Latino Heritage Preservation in Oregon: Building a Network
Free and open to all.
Register for this session separately.

If needed, please request translation services at least 72 hours prior to the event start time by calling 503-986-0690.

​Typically we coordinate a banquet with the Conference or Summit honoring the recipiencts of the year's Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards.

Due to COVID-19, it is necessary for us to pivot this to video presentations during the Summit event.

Excellence awards event schedule.

The 2021 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are generously sponsored by:

The Call: Recognizing the value in all of our stories – Trina Michelle Robinson
Trina Michelle Robinson will share the story that she told when touring the country with The Moth Mainstage: her exploration of her family’s enslaved ancestry, their liberation and migration to Chicago. Her mission is to help people of all backgrounds connect to one another through storytelling, with the hope we can see ourselves in each other. She will also discuss the research behind her story, how she has processed what she has learned through storytelling and her commitment to raising the voices of marginalized people everywhere.

​Latinos have a long history in the state of Oregon. The land that is now Oregon was once claimed by Spain, and Oregon and Mexico shared a border until 1848. From the 1800s onward, Latinos have come to Oregon, and today the Latino population in Oregon continues to grow and change. While some organizations are researching, documenting, and interpreting Oregon’s rich Latino history, no centralized group or movement has emerged.

Those who are doing this work may not be aware of other efforts and those who want to do this work may not know where to start. This goal of this networking session is to kick-off a conversation about how Oregon can coordinate efforts to preserve and promote Latino Heritage. Speakers from Latin@s in Heritage Conservation will share a national approach to this work, followed by short presentations about current statewide research resources. A discussion and brainstorm will be facilitated to create next steps.

Summary & Recommendations from Latin@s in Heritage Conservation
Event Recording

Executive committee members of Latin@s in Heritage Conservation
Desiree Aranda, Independent Cultural Resources Consultant
Sara Delgadillo Cruz, Preservation Planner for the City of Los Angeles

Presenting Organizations:
Oregon Multicultural Archives, Oregon State University, Natalia Fernandez
Latino Roots, University of Oregon, Lynn Stephen & Gabriela Martinez
Oregon Historical Society, Eliza Canty-Jones
Women’s History Consortium, Janice Dilg & Kimberly Jensen
Oregon Folklife Network , Emily West Hartlerode

Schedule for this pre-Summit event coming soon.

Free and open to all, register here.

Latino Heritage Preservation in Oregon Agenda