In this Issue

1. OPRD seeks Deputy Historic Preservation Officer

2. 2015 – 2016 Blue Book still available

3. Deadline for nominating endangered places is Aug. 7





The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is conducting an executive search for a highly skilled leader to serve as the agency’s Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. This position is located within the Heritage Programs Division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), which includes the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Oregon Heritage Commission, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, and the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council. The Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer serves as the Heritage Program Administrator and reports to the OPRD Director, who is the Governor-designated State Historic Preservation Officer.


The ideal candidate will possess a Master’s degree in historic preservation, history, archeology, architecture, planning, or a related discipline, five years' experience working in or managing SHPO programs and four years in supervising subordinates, including hiring, development of annual work plans, performance evaluations, and personnel actions. For a complete list of desired attributes and for application instructions, visit the Oregon Job Opportunities website.




A limited number of the newly released 2015 - 2016 Oregon Blue Book are still available. This new edition features an expanded color section exploring Oregon's early rural schools with photos, artwork and memorabilia from Oregon's historical societies. This exhibit looks back at the colorful history of rural education in Oregon before World War II when small town life revolved around the local schoolhouse.


The Blue Book also features - for the first time - winning essays from a statewide contest with that asked elementary and middle school children what they love about Oregon. These essays provide a fresh perspective on our state and create a time capsule for Oregonians in the future.


Serving as an official fact book and almanac for the state, Oregon began publishing in 1911 and has updated it every two years since then. It is an institution, a state icon and a collector's item. This year's Blue Book had a limited run and only about 1,300 remain. It is available in both paper and hardback. For information about obtaining a copy, visit the Oregon Archives online, email Julie Yamaka or call (503) 378-5199.





Restore Oregon is looking for properties from around the state to include on the annual list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places – and the deadline for submissions is just weeks away, Aug. 7. Listing as a Most Endangered Place garners the support, resources, ideas, and technical assistance needed to find solutions for challenged historic properties. Previous Endangered Place success stories include Oregon City’s 1844 Ermatinger House and Coos Bay’s 1925 Egyptian Theater.


Since 2011, Restore Oregon has awarded over $40,000 in seed grants, offered thousands of hours of pro bono technical assistance, generated public and political support, and helped leverage over $2 million in rehabilitation activities for properties listed as Most Endangered. For more information about nominating a property, visit Restore Oregon online and for additional questions, call Brandon Spencer-Hartle at (503) 243-1923.




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