Three Oregon university students will present research findings April 25 at the Oregon Heritage Conference in Albany. The presentations will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Pix Theatre, 321 SW 2nd Ave. and are free and open to the public.


The three students have been named Oregon Heritage Fellows by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, based on the strength of both their scholastic achievement and their research topics. The fellowships encourage the thoughtful inquiry of Oregon’s heritage by emerging scholars.


“The Fellows conduct original research into the diverse history of Oregon, often on topics that have drawn less attention from more-experienced historians,” explains Roger Roper, assistant director with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.  “We believe it is important that their research is presented to the public.”


The Fellows, their schools and topics are:


         Elizabeth Morrison, Oregon State University, "Unearthing Oregon's Past: An Environmental History of Aggregate Mining in the Willamette Basin"

         Ivan Sandoval Cervantes, University of Oregon, "Being Zapotec, Latino and Oregonian: Zapotec Indigenous Identities in Oregon"

         Lou Watson, Pacific Northwest College of Art, "Roadside Attraction: Situational Aesthetics and Place-Identity of NE Sandy Boulevard (57th to 82nd), Portland, Oregon"


Chris Bell, cultural resources program coordinator with the Oregon Department of Transportation, will moderate the session.


The Oregon Heritage Conference April 23-25 brings together staff and volunteers from historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums, tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and tribal governments. To find more information and register for the conference, visit