[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2018-07-26

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Thu Jul 26 12:18:13 PDT 2018

In this issue:
1. August Oregon Heritage Traditions
2. Article on survey of top membership benefits according to members
3. Oregon Cultural Trust impact results
4. Oregon's Constitution on view at OHS
5. Upcoming National Preservation Institute Seminars in Portland
6. Upcoming heritage related conferences
7. Travel Oregon awards $853,000 for tourism projects, including heritage tourism!


The Oregon Heritage Tradition designation recognizes those events more than 50 years old that represent what it means to be an Oregonian. If you are looking for something to do this summer, you might consider checking out a Heritage Tradition. Here is a list of Heritage Traditions happening in August:

Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana - Aug. 3-5<https://www.woodburn-or.gov/?q=node/392>
Astoria Regatta - Aug. 8-11<https://www.astoriaregatta.com/>
Junction City Scandinavian Festival - Aug. 9-12<http://scandinavianfestival.com/>
Clackamas County Fair - Aug. 14-18<https://www.clackamas.us/fair>
Oregon State Fair - Aug. 24-Sept. 3<https://oregonstatefair.org/>

To see a list of all Oregon Heritage Traditions or to learn more about how to designate an event, visit www.oregonheritage.org<http://www.oregonheritage.org>.


Check out this interesting article on survey results for the top benefits and least important benefits among members to cultural organizations in the U.S. paying equal or less than $250 per year for their membership: https://www.colleendilen.com/2018/07/25/important-membership-benefits-data/#.W1nqWUHuqZE.facebook.

Turns out, supporting the organization's mission matters a lot to members. There is also a breakdown of millennial specific data.

If membership is a hot topic in your organization, check out this article and see if it might add to your discussion.

A new impact study of the Oregon Cultural Trust calls its geographic reach "remarkable" and reinforces its unique role as a stable and accessible funding source for arts, heritage and humanities statewide. Produced by ECONorthwest, the report concludes that the Cultural Trust has a wide-reaching influence on people's experience of culture in Oregon, supporting cultural activities and organizations in every county with higher per capita funding, up to $15 per capita, in rural counties where grant funding can be scarce.

The impact study focused on Cultural Trust performance between 2006 and 2016, or 10 of the 17 years since the Trust was founded. During that time donations to the Cultural Trust increased an average of 4.3 percent annually, adjusted for inflation. The non-corporate donor base grew by 7.6 percent.

Between 2006 and 2016 the Cultural Trust distributed $17.5 million* in grant funds through its 45 Cultural County and Tribal Coalitions, directly to cultural nonprofits through Cultural Development grants and via its five Statewide Partners - the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Office of Historic Preservation. The funding provided $11.2 million to support 4,958 statewide projects and an additional $6.3 million in partner and collaborative grants.

Report findings also indicate that the Cultural Trust has tremendous potential to continue to grow contributions and expand its impact. As one donor said, "The Cultural Trust funds culture through a diverse statewide network that ensures its grant dollars are shared wisely. It's a great funding model - if more donors would participate it could have a transformational impact on the cultural life of our state."

The Oregon Cultural Trust was created by the Oregon State Legislature in 2001 to lead Oregon in cultivating, growing and valuing culture. The Legislature established an innovative funding mechanism to support that mission: the Cultural Tax Credit. Oregonians who donate to an Oregon-based cultural nonprofit qualifies for the state tax credit by donating the same amount to the Cultural Trust. The program allows Oregon taxpayers who value and support culture to redirect that portion of their taxes to Cultural Trust grant programs.

The Cultural Tax Credit now generates close to $5 million per year for the Cultural Trust. Up to 60 percent of that amount is distributed to nonprofit organizations working on cultural activities in Oregon; the remainder is invested in a permanent fund for Oregon culture.

View the full impact report<https://culturaltrust.org/wp-content/uploads/OCT-Insights.pdf> and/or the executive summary<https://culturaltrust.org/wp-content/uploads/OCT-Impacts-Executive-Summary_2018-05.pdf>.


Be sure to visit the Oregon Historical Society between now and Sept. 3 to see Oregon's newly conserved Constitution now on exhibit.

The Oregon Secretary of State's office and the Oregon State Archives Division led a fundraising campaign to restore and exhibit the original Oregon Constitution. You can learn more about that effort here: https://www.nedcc.org/about/nedcc-stories/or-constitution

For more information about the OHS exhibit and to learn more about Oregon's Constitution visit http://www.ohs.org/museum/exhibits/oregons-constitution.cfm


October 2018-Portland, OR
Advanced registration deadline: September 6, 2018
Final registration deadline: September 28, 2018

Landscape Preservation: An Introduction*
October 16-17, 2018
In this introduction to the basics of cultural landscapes, learn about designed, vernacular, and ethnographic landscapes, and historic sites. Review applicable laws and regulations, and discuss how to identify and inventory character-defining features of a landscape. Explore the concepts of preservation planning and documentation, and the development of the cultural landscape report for use in managing historic and cultural landscapes. Case studies illustrate realistic approaches to effective landscape management and preservation.
Read full agenda<http://www.ne16.com/t/984688/30141208/1203903/0/1001784/?x=742f6417>

Landscape Preservation: Advanced Tools for Managing Change*
October 18, 2018
In this advanced landscape preservation seminar, explore the sometimes conflicting issues that direct the process of change and decisionmaking for challenging landscapes. Review the practice and discuss the implications of inventorying, evaluating, treating, and maintaining landscape resources. Identify tools and techniques for managing change when difficult issues affect the process. Understand the philosophical foundations for making sound, educated decisions about the preservation and long-term management of historic and cultural landscapes.
Read full agenda<http://www.ne16.com/t/984688/30141208/1203904/0/1001784/?x=3a686e11>


Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts: Now on View, Preserving Modern and Contemporary Museum Collections, Los Angeles, Sept. 12-13<https://ccaha.org/events/now-view-preserving-modern-and-contemporary-museum-collections-los-angeles-ca>
American Association for State & Local History, Kansas City, Sept. 26-29, 2018<https://aaslh.org/conference/>
Western Museum Association, Tacoma, October 21-24, 2018<http://www.westmuse.org/annual-meeting>
PastForward 2018: San Francisco, November 11-16, 2018<https://www.pastforwardconference.org/pastforward2018/infobooth/300822/81352>


Travel Oregon has awarded more than $850,000 in grant funding to 12 projects through its Competitive Medium Grants Program.
The Competitive Grants Program awards eligible applicants funding for projects that contribute to Oregon's tourism economy in communities throughout the state that support Travel Oregon's vision of "a better life for Oregonians through strong, sustainable local economies."
"Travel Oregon's mission is to inspire travel by sharing the stories of Oregon's people and places, delivering world-class experiences and strengthening the tourism industry to better Oregon's way of life," said Todd Davidson, Travel Oregon CEO. "These projects allow us to restore and preserve some of Oregon's iconic places, further develop trail systems and improve the overall visitor experience, creating a positive economic impact in communities, big and small, across the state."

The Travel Oregon Competitive Medium Grant awardees and their projects are:
Association of Oregon Counties to execute phase II of completing the Oregon Coast Trail hiking route along Oregon's Coast, which includes identifying best alternatives for connecting the trail and developing statewide capacity to coordinate segment-specific trail work.
Butte Creek Mill Foundation to rebuild and restore the Butte Creek Mill so that it's fully operational, maintains its historic integrity and includes ADA accessibility and an interpretive center highlighting local history and Native American culture.
Cascades Raptor Center for a feasibility study to determine expansion possibilities for the day facility that fosters a connection between people and birds of prey.
City of Amity to develop a brand identity to solidify the Amity area as a premier tourist destination to help drive year-round visitation locally and internationally.
City of St. Helens to install new signage and improve existing signage, as a result of an existing branding and wayfinding master plan. These signs will entice visitors to pull off of Highway 30 and St. Helens/Columbia Boulevard and into the historic downtown district.
Coos County to further develop "Whiskey Run," a single-track mountain biking trail system along the Coast, that will stimulate the local economy by delivering a bucket-list-worthy outdoor recreation experience to attract visitors year-round.
Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau to create documentation and a historic preservation plan to restore the Oregon Caves Chateau and retain the character of the National Historic Landmark Lodge.
Lane Council of Governments to further develop the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) by implementing Oregon's first designated USBR. The route will connect seven Oregon Scenic Bikeways: Willamette Valley; McKenzie Pass; Sisters to Smith Rock; Crooked River; Old West; Painted Hills; and Grande Tour.
Liberty Theatre Foundation Inc. to complete construction and restoration of the Liberty Theatre. Upon completion, the theatre will open for public use, providing a cultural resource for the region.
Portland Parks Foundation to build an artistically inspired 190-foot footbridge over West Burnside Road providing more than 80,000 users of the popular Wildwood Trail an uninterrupted trail experience between destinations like Pittock Mansion, Washington Park, the International Rose Test Garden, the Oregon Zoo and the Japanese Garden.
Salem's Riverfront Carousel to assist in planning and completing a feasibility study in order to expand the carousel's facilities, programs and economic impact in the community.
Warm Springs Community Action Team to relocate the hundred-year-old Old Commissary building in Warm Springs to a strategic site near Highway 26 and to create video and audio content for a multimedia visitor kiosk to be located in the building once complete.
Travel Oregon's next grants cycle will open July 30, 2018 with applications due for its 2018-2019 Competitive Small Grants program (requests up to $20,000) on Aug. 29, 2018.
For more information on Travel Oregon's Grants Program, contact Michelle Woodard at Grants at TravelOregon.com<mailto:Grants at TravelOregon.com> or visit: Industry.TravelOregon.com/Grants<https://t.e2ma.net/click/5vna1/pv851c/9ys7tj>.

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Oregon Heritage News is a service of Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The news editor can be contacted at heritage.info at oregon.gov<mailto:heritage.info at oregon.gov>.
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