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Grants available to preserve Oregon history

Grants are available to document, preserve and share Oregon history. Historical photo of the Bagley Canning Company in Talent.

The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants for the conservation, development and interpretation of the state’s cultural heritage.

Grants typically range from $5,000 to $20,000.

Past projects include Southern Oregon University’s Rogue Valley Women’s Movement oral history project, and an effort by the Talent Historical Society to team with teachers and develop curriculum about local history.

Other projects around the state have included adding the history of Black people in Oregon to a museum’s exhibition, installing a historic turntable for antique railroad cars, chronicling the lives of refugees who survived the Holocaust and digitizing FBI documents about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

“We hope to see projects that engage Oregonians in heritage, from a variety of organizations, not just traditional heritage organizations,” Katie Henry, Oregon Heritage Commission coordinator, said in a news release from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. “We encourage the documentation, preservation and exploration of all aspects of Oregon’s heritage.”

Projects funded by the Oregon Heritage Grant may include collections preservation and access, exhibits, oral history projects, public education events, organizational archives projects, films, theatrical performances, teaching traditional practices, public history interpretation, organizational planning that supports heritage resources and more.

Applications for the grants are submitted online. Registration is required for two free online workshops that offer guidance on application questions and the online application process.

The workshops are from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 and 1-2 p.m. Sept. 9. Applications are due Oct. 20.

To learn more about the grants and register for the workshops, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.