Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive 2011 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards next month in Astoria. The public invited to attend the awards presentation.
The awards will be presented at 7 p.m. April 8 in Astoria at the Oregon Heritage Conference. Oregon Heritage Commission coordinator Kyle Jansson said the award recipients are considered model individuals, projects and organizations. They were
judged on their abilities to produce the most from available resources. The recipients will be:
— Luper Cemetery Preservation and Restoration Project, Eugene, for its extraordinary efforts to preserve and restore the integrity of the historic cemetery.
— The Timberline Lodge Partnership of the U.S. Forest Service, The Friends of Timberline, and R.L.K and Co., for an outstanding public-private collaboration to steward and preserve a national historic landmark.
— Clatsop Community College/Columbia Pacific Preservation, for the collaboration that resulted in the establishment of certificate and degree programs in historic preservation at Clatsop CC and in a nonprofit entity that both supports and benefits from those programs.
— Paul Caruana and Brian Faherty, Astoria, for their collective improvements on the Norblad and Lewis buildings, and the even larger impact their work has had on the renewed viability of downtown Astoria.
— Marcia Allen, Cottage Grove, for her lifetime accomplishments in researching, interpreting and promoting the history and heritage of Cottage Grove.
— Patsy Jones, Alsea, for her exceptional work to inspire interest in the documentation, preservation and celebration of local Oregon history.
— Neal Maine, Seaside, for his outstanding contributions in the preservation of Native American archaeological sites on the northern Oregon coast.
The awards ceremony will also include the re-enactment of a 1911 woman’s suffrage debate.
The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of the Heritage Programs Division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which includes the Oregon Heritage Commission. Commission chair George Kramer says the awards are intended to draw public attention to important heritage efforts in Oregon and to raise the quality of heritage-oriented activities.
Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1911 styles or in movie theme clothing to reflect the conference’s theme of “A Blockbuster Community: Heritage, Vision and Authenticity”.
Tickets for the April 8 awards presentation are available by completing and submitting the form at http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/docs/registration.pdf More information is available at www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Kyle Jansson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-986-0673.