Four workshops about advocacy, cemetery care, historic building redevelopment and tourism will take place May 4-7 during the Oregon Heritage Conference. People can attend the workshops concurrently with the conference or separately.


Here are descriptions of the workshops.


Advocacy: Local and Beyond. Join this interactive and hands-on workshop to help you build public support, identify priority issues and develop strategies to communicate effectively. Public officials and veteran advocates will present their experiences and tips about advocacy. You will leave knowing basic things you can do to be an advocate every day and to balance advocacy with nonprofit status. The workshop includes both morning and afternoon sessions. People may attend one or both portions.


Heritage Tourism: Making your organization part of the draw. This interactive workshop will help you identify the opportunities you have and provide real-life examples of success heritage tourism projects.  Representatives from Travel Oregon, Oregon Travel Experience and other organizations will also give information about heritage programs and grants available to communities.


Developer for a Day. In this crash course on adaptive re-use, you are going to roll up your sleeves and take a 7,000 square-foot building on a 40,000-square foot lot and envision how to turn it into a micro enterprise ecosystem serving low-income entrepreneurs. And while making this plan, you will learn the basics of redevelopment that every jurisdiction needs to know to leverage their existing historic infrastructure to create stronger towns.


Historic Cemetery Marker Cleaning and Repair Workshop. Learn how to assess monument condition to prioritize treatment. Then practice marker cleaning, leveling and minor repair.


The conference takes place in the state’s Capitol Building in Salem. The conference will bring together hundreds of people who love and work with Oregon's heritage. Designed to be interdisciplinary, the conference focuses on all sectors of heritage, such as historic preservation, museums, archives, libraries, and local and state government. By bringing everyone together in one place, we can begin to realize that our work in heritage is all interconnected, that we have similar problems, and, together, can create better solutions.


The Heritage Conference also includes tours and breakout sessions that are equal parts innovation and practical advice. You can register for these special activities online, too. Preliminary descriptions of each session are now available at the conference website.


The conference theme is “16 Going on 20, 50, 100: Reflecting on the Past, Capitolizing on the Present and Building the Future.” The theme highlights several major heritage anniversaries, including the 20th anniversary of the first meeting of the Oregon Heritage Commission and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.


For more information and registration, visit the conference website.


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