In this Issue:

1. Historic Cemeteries Commission to meet in Cave Junction April 5

2. RARE applications due April 15

3. Date changed for Oregon Main Street Conference in Astoria

4. Tourism Conference to take place in Salem April 14 – 16

5. Welcome and Visitor Training Center slated at Grand Ronde May 8 – 10

6. Exhibit openings in Portland, Salem and Medford





The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is set to meet at the Illinois Valley Grange, 3763 Holland Loop Road, Cave Junction from 1 – 3:30 p.m., April 5. Agenda items include a national conference in Oregon, the cemetery grant report, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments.

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. Contact the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s historic cemeteries program coordinator, Kuri Gill for additional information by calling (503) 986-0685 or email.





Do you have Main Street-related projects and not enough resources to complete them? If so, the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program might be your solution. Pre-Applications are due April 15.


The mission of the RARE AmeriCorps Program is to increase the capacity of rural communities to improve their economic, social, and environmental conditions, through the assistance of trained graduate-level participants, from across the US. RARE AmeriCorps members live in and serve communities for 11 months, providing assistance in the development and implementation of projects. The RARE program is now in its 19th year with more than 400 volunteers placed in communities in nearly every county in Oregon. A few recent Main Street and RARE Program partnerships include Astoria Downtown Historic District Association, La Grande Main Street, Milton-Freewater Downtown Alliance, Coos Bay Downtown Association, City of Toledo and the City of Canby.


Visit the RARE website to learn more. For questions send an email or call (541) 346.2879.





Headquartered at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, the Oregon Main Street Annual Conference will now take place October 2 – 4. Stay tuned for further information from conference partners Oregon Main Street, Historic Preservation League of Oregon, Pacific Power and Astoria Downtown Historic District Association.





The Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism will provide three days of networking, and immersion in the travel and tourism industry's best practices April 14 – 16 in Salem. Join more than 400 creative industry professionals to learn more about marketing, destination development, international marketing and sales, and leadership.


This year’s conference will focus on the great people, past and present, who have made Oregon an innovative place to do business. >From wagon trains to the acts of visionary leaders and entrepreneurs – Oregon is a beacon for new thinking. Workshops include sessions led by the Oregon Arts and Heritage Commissions focusing on culture and heritage-related travel. “Research Roundup II: Cultural and Heritage Travel in Oregon” will include a presentation by Mandala Research related to key findings about the economic impact of culture and heritage travel to Oregon and the level to which cultural and heritage activities and icons act as a motivating force for travelers to visit our state.


For more information, visit





The Welcome and Visitor Center Training Conference will take place May 8 – 10 in the Yamhill Valley community of Grande Ronde at Spirit Mountain Casino, 27100 Salmon River Hwy. This "beginning of the season" training conference is invaluable to staff and volunteers working in a front line capacity at a welcome/visitor center, lodging property or other visitor information type business or organization, including heritage organizations.


Attendees will learn about new attractions, activities and events by region around the state and receive updates on important visitor information from Oregon State Parks, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Travel Oregon and other organizations. The conference is a great way to network with industry peers and promote your organization, community, and region to others who can refer visitors to you.


Visit Travel Oregon for the conference agenda and registration information.





Portland: A new exhibit about the immigrant experience in Oregon will open at 5:30 p.m., May 8 at the Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St. in Portland. Made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Heritage Commission, the exhibit, titled “Settling In”, uses artifacts, photographs, audio and video, to reveal similarities and differences between the struggles and triumphs that have shaped immigrant experiences for nearly two centuries. Produced in partnership with the Immigration Refugee Community Organization “Settling In” explores the shared experiences of two waves of immigrants who arrived in Oregon a century apart: Russian and Eastern European Jews in the early 1900s, and contemporary immigrants from Burma, Cambodia, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea and Somalia. The exhibit will run through Sept. 29. For further information, visit the Oregon Jewish Museum website.


Salem: “We were Here First . . . And We’re Here to Stay!” is a new exhibit set to open April 12 at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, in Salem. Curated by the Cultural Resources Department of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and the Grand Ronde Museum, the exhibit will run through May 27. It explores the experiences of tribal members living through the 1954 termination of the Grand Ronde Reservation, which nullified seven ratified treaties and removed Federal recognition of the tribal people, and their struggle and success in achieving restoration in 1983. For further information, call (503) 585-7012 or visit


Medford: A new traveling exhibit, titled “Stories of Home” will opened recently at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. Part of the History : Made by You series, the exhibit will run through May 23. "Stories of Home," highlights the experiences of individuals immigrating to Southern Oregon, including Rocio Jiménez who moved to Southern Oregon from Mexico and Lin Cong who arrived in the United States four years ago. For further information, contact email Amy Drake, call (541) 773-6536, ext. 1006 or visit





Register now for the 2013 Heritage Conference in Portland May 9 and 10!


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