Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards next week in Albany.
The awards will be presented at 7 p.m. April 24 at a dinner. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.
"The award recipients represent the diversity of efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others for how to make the most out of available resources."
The recipients will be:
-- Cottage Grove Preservation Plan Advisory Committee, for its innovative community partnership that created a historic preservation plan to enhance heritage throughout the city,
-- Oregon State Archives, for perseverance, creativity and outstanding professionalism in re-claiming audio from the 1967 Beach Bill hearings,
-- Illuminate Oregon City Project, for its enterprising approach to historic site rehabilitation, economic development and public art display by the City of Oregon City, Main Street Oregon City, and the Clackamas County Arts Alliance with the historic Oregon City elevator.
-- Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, for its exceptional attention to cultural heritage and professional practices while initiating the Warm Springs Audio Preservation Project with the University of Oregon.
-- Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center, Newport, for its decade-long grassroots effort to convert and restore a historic house-turned nightclub into a community center.
-- Sand Mountain Society, for 25 years of rehabilitating historic fire lookouts in western Oregon, providing interpretation about the structures and their location, and promoting compatible use of nearby lands.
-- Salemtowne Volunteers, Salem, for their dedication and innovative practices maintaining and restoring historical markers across the state for more than 20 years.
-- Charles Philpot, for outstanding leadership and vision in developing Antique Powerland at Brooks into an active heritage site with 15 partners and museums.
The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year's awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Conference.
Tickets for the awards presentation are available by completing the registration form at www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx.