In this Issue

1. Grants available for Oregon heritage and history projects

2. Albany groups combine on digitization project

3. National Archives offers Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections grants

4. Nominations due Aug. 7 for 2016 List of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places

5. John Day River inspires new autumn event

6. Pittock Mansion seeks development manager





The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants for the conservation, development and interpretation of Oregon's cultural heritage. Awards typically range between $5,000 and $20,000. The grant application deadline is Sept. 30.


Qualified projects include theatrical performances, collections preservation and access, exhibits, oral history projects, public education events, organizational archives projects and films - anything related to Oregon heritage. The Heritage Commission will give priority to projects that preserve, develop or interpret threatened heritage resources or heritage resources of statewide significance.


Simple grant applications are online. There is plenty of support for preparing them. Oregon Heritage grants programs staff is happy to discuss projects and review applications in advance. Oregon Black Pioneers received funding for its most recent exhibit. Cascade AIDS Project collected oral histories and made them accessible. Portland State University hosted the Archaeology Roadshow. Southern Oregon Historical Society completed seismic upgrades to its collections storage.


“We hope to see a variety of projects that engage Oregonians in heritage,” states Kyle Jansson, Oregon Heritage Commission coordinator. “We encourage the documentation, preservation and exploration of all aspects of Oregon’s heritage.”


“Our goal is to support organizations of all sizes all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process,” notes Kuri Gill, the grants program coordinator. To learn more about the grants, visit, email Kuri Gill or call (503) 986-0685.





Robert “Bob” Potts was a lifelong Albany resident, serving in the military as a ham radio operator during World War II. He was a co-owner of Duedall and Potts Stationery Store in downtown Albany for many years. Potts was very involved in the history of Albany, and spent many years collecting photographs. In the 1990’s Potts wrote six books on Albany’s history, which included hundreds of photographs.


Through a joint project of the Albany Regional Museum and the Albany Public Library, approximately 7,000 thousand photos from the Robert Potts Collection were numbered, sorted, and scanned. The project involved scanning the images both front and back; the backs of the photos often include identifying information as well as their unique ID number.


A grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, using its partner funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust, provided partial supported for the project. Interested parties will find the scanned images hosted online at Google photos. To view the images, visit the Albany Regional Museum or Albany Public Library.





The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives is offering a Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections grant program, which supports projects that promote access to America's historical records and encourage understanding of our democracy, history, and culture. The grant draft deadline is Aug. 3 and final grant submittal deadline is Oct. 8.


The NHPRC desires to make historical records of national significance to the United States broadly available by disseminating digital surrogates on the Internet. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American life or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. For further information, visit





Each year Restore Oregon publishes a list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places for the purpose of spotlighting their importance and rallying resources to save them.  If there is a significant historic place in your community at risk of being lost, get your nomination in to Restore Oregon by Aug. 7.


Criteria for listing include significance, urgency of the threat, community support, and long-term viability for reuse.  Those properties selected for the Most Endangered Places List receive direct consultative support from Restore Oregon along with a seed grant to kick off preservation efforts.  Restoration work is underway on the First Congregational Church Bell Tower, a saved property from the 2015 list!


Restore Oregon will announce Oregon’s Most Endangered Places List for 2016, along with the DeMuro Awards during its annual Restoration Celebration on Nov. 13 in Portland.  For further information, visit Restore Oregon online.





The Taste of Oregon’s Old West, an event set to take place Sept. 12 at the new Cottonwood Canyon State Park, on the shores of the John Day River on Oregon Highway 206, thirteen miles southeast of Wasco and 27 miles northwest of Condon, will highlight beautifully restored historic hotels and the area’s best-kept secret places. 


Event attendees can expect to see art and hear music that reflects the area’s heritage, discover locally grown food and drink plus information about the region’s specialty lodging and recreational opportunities. Hosted by the John Day River Territory tourism cooperative and the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association, the Taste of Oregon’s Old West received support funding through the Sherman County and Wheeler County Cultural Trusts. Learn more at, follow the event on Facebook, email Janet Dodson or call (541) 786-8006.





Pittock Mansion is seeking a development manager who will oversee the development activities of the organization including financial donations, individual and corporate membership, corporate events, grants and sponsorships. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the executive director and other key staff in strategic planning as well as establishing and monitoring annual objectives and indicators of success. For a complete job description and application instructions, visit Pittock Mansion online.





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