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Oregon Heritage Conference

2024 Oregon Heritage Conference:
Make Space.
April 17-20, Forest Grove

Join us for the first in person conference since 2018!

The conference is a time for people who share a common passion for Oregon’s heritage and history to come together to share insights, understand connections, develop relationships, learn new ways, reinforce the value of the work and leave energized to keep moving forward.

With all of the demands on people including information overload, home life, work tasks and all the things…the conference will be a place to Make Space. The way to move Oregon heritage work forward is to Make Space: clear the clutter, set priorities, build relationships, and plan for the time it takes.

Conference Program

Conference Feedback Survey

Martha Barnette & Grant Barrett, A Way with Words!

Conference Plenary Speaker, April 18


Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, hosts of A Way with Words, the popular radioshow and podcast about language, will kick off the conference with a lively exploration of word histories, linguistic differences, and bias toward non-mainstream dialects - with plenty of time for Q&A.

Matika Wilbur, Project 562

Conference Plenary Speaker, April 19


Matika Wilbur is from the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes. She is the founder and photographer of Project 562, a documentary project dedicated to changing the way we see Native America. Her goal is to move beyond appropriation and objectification of indigenous images and offer honest representations. Matika will kick off the closing day of the conference, leaving us ready to persevere in our work to explore the human experience in Oregon, preserve the objects, stories, and practices that reflect it, and share them with people to better understand it.

You can learn more about her work through the Project 562 blog and on the All My Relations podcast she cohosts with Dr. Adrienne Keene.

Schedule is still in progress and subject to change.

Join us in downtown Forest Grove!


April 17, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Morning Block: Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries meeting, MentorCorps meeting, Main Street Network meeting

  • Planting the Seeds of Preservation, Window Workshops to Engage the Community
  • Exploring Exhibit Design and Creation from a DIY Perspective (This workshop is coordinated by Oregon Museums Association and has a separate registration process here)

Lunch: On your own & Main Street Meet-Up
Afternoon Block: Oregon Heritage Commission meeting

  • Reflective Conversation: Facilitating Challenging Conversations with Your Board or Staff
  • Learn, Land, Love: Rooting History in Care for the Land
  • Five Oaks Learning Outing
Weclome Reception -Hosted by City Club of Forest Grove with support from the City of Forest Grove.

April 18, 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION CHECK-IN - Community Auditorium

  • Plenary Groundbreaker, Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, hosts of A Way with Words radio show. 
  • Sessions
  • Tours
  • Networking Meet-Ups
  • Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society (At Venetian Hillsboro, 253 E Main Street, Hillsboro)

April 19, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

REGISTRATION CHECK-IN - Community Auditorium

  • Matika Wilbur, Project 562 Plenary
  • Sessions
  • Tours
  • Networking Meet-Ups

April 20, 10:000 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Cemetery Preservation Workshop

Draft Session Descriptions

For info contact Kuri Gill, 503-986-0685,

More details to come! Join the weekly heritage news listserv for conference updates.

Registration is open!

Register here.

  • If you are a student you get 40% off, use this link.

Registration Rates

​Regular - until 4/10/24
​Last Minute - until 4/18/24
​Full Conference
​Excellence Awards Only
​Weds Only
​Thurs Only
​Fri Only
​Cemetery Workshop Only


La Hacienda - 2020 Main Street
Forest Grove Library - 2114 Pacific Avenue
Forest Grove Community Room - 1915 Main Street
Old Train Station Museum & Library - 1936 19th Avenue
Forest Grove Elks Lodge - 2810 Pacific Avenue
Diversity Cafe - 2104 Main Street
Robert M Richmond Memorial Library & Museum - 2240 Masonic Way
Pacific University - McCready Hall
Five Oaks Museum - 17677 NW Springvilled Rd, Portland (30 min drive from downtown Forest Grove)
Excellence Awards - Venetian Hillsboro, 253 E Main Street, Hillsboro


See conference program for details and map.


Best Western Univeristy Inn & Suites

3933 Pacific Avenue
Forest Grove, OR 97116
Use this registration link for the conference rate. $220 per night plus tax.

Grand Lodge Hotel - McMenamins

3505 Pacific Avenue
Forest Grove, OR 97116
Register here, using the information below for conference rate. $99 single queen/common bath and $119 single queen/private bath. Enter Special Code: Promotional and Code: Heritage.

Staybridge Suites Hillsboro - Orenco Station

7715 NE Cherry Dr.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Use this registration link for the conference rate. $139 1 bed studio - $189 3 bed suite.

Holiday Inn Express Portland West/Hillsboro Hotel by IHG

5900 NE Ray Circle
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Use this registration link for the conference rate. $124 plus tax.

Forest Grove Highlights

We will be exploring Forest Grove with plenty of time for historic stops, shopping, food and networking. Check out more information here.

Join the weekly heritage news listserv for conference announcements. If you'd like to join our listserv to receive a postcard notifying you when registration opens, send your name and address to

​Join friends and colleagues for the annual Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards! Awards will be presented to individuals, organizations, and projects that have made the most of their available resources to contribute to preserving Oregon's heritage.

Find more info here

The awards event is part of the full conference registration or you can register for the awards event only. The event will be held April 18, 6pm-9pm, at Venetian Hillsboro, 253 E Main Street, Hillsboro.


Kuri Gill

Thank you to Conference Sponsors:

Platinum Level

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Gold Level


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Silver Level

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Thank you to the Excellence Awards Sponsor: