[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2013-07-25

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Jul 25 08:39:15 PDT 2013

In this Issue:
1. Historic Preservation League of Oregon rebrands as Restore Oregon
2. Public invited to comment on future of former Oregon City mill site
ᆳᆳᆳᆳᆳᆳThe official kick off for the “Willamette Falls Legacy Project,”
will take place from noon – 9 p.m., July 27 at 8th and Main St. in
Oregon City. Oregonians will help design the future of the former
23-acre Blue Heron Paper Company site in downtown Oregon City during a
nine-month visioning and master planning process that culminates with
the redevelopment of the property, which sits next to Willamette Falls.
One of the most beautiful and historic natural wonders in the country,
Willamette Falls served as a Native American fishing and gathering site,
as the site of the nation’s first long-distance transmission of
electricity (from the Falls to Portland) and was even mentioned by Lewis
and Clark in their travel diaries in the early 1800s. In 2011, the Blue
Heron Paper Company closed its doors in a bankruptcy, leaving an
opportunity to redevelop the site. The master planning and public
visioning process will enhance economic development, provide the public
access to the Falls, protect and create healthy habitats for plants and
wildlife and provide opportunities for historical and cultural
interpretation. For further information, visit
www.rediscoverthefalls.com and take a moment to take the online vision
survey ( http://www.rediscoverthefalls.com/vision-survey/ ).
The Historic Preservation League of Oregon (HPLO), the 36-year-old
non-profit known for championing the restoration of Crater Lake Lodge,
its annual list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places, and popular
Mid-Century Modern Home Tour, recently announced a change in its name to
Restore Oregon.  The re-branding is part of a push by the organization
to expand its base and increase the number of saved historic places. 
According to executive director Peggy Moretti, the change will help
avoid confusion of the organization with the Oregon Historical Society;
it will communicate the goal of the organization with energy and
clarity; and it will convey the forward-looking relevance of its work
and address misconceptions that “historic preservation” opposes
“We were constantly running up against the perception that historic
preservation is about freezing things in time.  Nothing could be further
from the truth!” says Moretti.  “Restore Oregon is all about livability,
sustainability, and economic revitalization on Main Street.  We’re about
saving great places that are packed full of our history, local materials
and craftsmanship, and restoring them for new uses.  Rehabilitating
existing buildings creates more jobs dollar-for-dollar than new
construction and this work is transforming communities.”
The organization’s core programming will not change.  However, advocacy
efforts to improve Oregon’s financial incentives for historic
rehabilitation will ramp up in the months ahead.  For more information,
visit www.RestoreOregon.org ( http://www.restoreoregon.org/ ) or call
(503) 243-1923.
Oregon Heritage has five grants available! Watch for details in your
mailbox this week and plan to attend a workshop or webinar to learn
about the online application process. Visit the Oregon Heritage
website’s grants page (
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx ) for all the
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