SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Oregon Heritage Commission awarded $75,722 in grants to 12 museums across the state. The grants will help fund a variety of projects, including collections preservation, visitor education, and heritage tourism. Scholarship amounts ranged from $2,148 to $8,000.
- Cape Blanco Heritage Society, in Port Orford, to digitize historical newspapers.
- City of Woodburn, Marion County, to develop additional exhibits and relocate exhibits to the Woodburn Museum and Bungalow Theater.
- Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria, to develop an audio-guided tour in Spanish.
- Coos County Historical Society, Coos Bay, to relocate and digitize a collection of maps.
- Dufur Historical Society and Living History Museum in Wasco County to re-roof the Schreiber Log Cabin.
- Eugene Debbs Potts Society in Josephine County repairs the roof of the main entrance building.
- High Desert Museum in Deschutes County to develop and install the Living stories exhibition of works created by artists from the Aboriginal Plateau.
- Pacific Railroad Preservation Association in Portland to repair exterior of passenger car 105.
- Rainier Oregon Historical Museum, Columbia County, to relocate the collections to secure storage.
- Springfield Museum, Lane County, to catalog and digitize part of the historic photo collection.
- The Warm Springs Museum in Jefferson County to develop and install a multi-faceted multimedia exhibit that features first-hand accounts and personal stories of the culturally significant places and experiences of Indigenous peoples of the Columbia River system.
- Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society, Toledo, to repair and build shelters for historic velocipedes.
The museum grant program is offered annually by the Oregon Heritage Commission, part of the Oregon Heritage Program of the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation (OPRD). The grant program began in 1965 when only 24 organizations were eligible for the program. The grant is funded by lottery dollars from the OPRD.
The Oregon Heritage Commission works to secure, maintain, and enhance Oregon’s heritage. The Commission sponsors heritage initiatives that raise public awareness of the value of heritage and celebrate the state’s diversity.
The Oregon Heritage Commission consists of nine governor-appointed members and nine agency advisers. Members are selected from state agencies and statewide organizations, and represent a diverse geographic and heritage background.