Bend’s High Desert Museum among State Heritage Commission grant recipients

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Oregon Heritage Commission has awarded $ 380,000 in grants to 31 organizations statewide. The grants will help fund a variety of projects, including preservation and access to collections, research, oral history, exhibitions, and performance projects.

The scholarship amounts ranged from $ 350 to $ 20,000.

Funded projects:

  • Albany Regional Museum in Albany is updating exhibit content to improve preservation, improve accessibility, and tell diverse stories fairly.
  • Architectural Heritage Center in Portland for an exhibit that reexamines the militant history of the Portland architectural preservation movement.
  • Baker Heritage Museum in Baker City for the purchase and installation of collection maintenance equipment.
  • Big Butte Historical Society in Butte Falls to upgrade heating and provide programming.
  • Burns Paiute Tribe in Harney County to present the history of the homeland through virtual reality.
  • Independence City, Polk County, to deploy an interactive downtown tourism app.
  • The Town of Pendleton, Umatilla County, to purchase archival materials to relocate materials from the library’s special collections.
  • The Constructing Hope pre-apprenticeship program in Portland produces a story of BIPOC’s pioneers in Oregon construction history, website materials, and a Day of Hope celebration.
  • Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville redesigned signage to fill gaps in inclusive content and Oregon STEAM history.
  • Harney County Historical Society to complete a 10-year strategic plan.
  • The High Desert Museum in Deschutes County to complete phase two of Create together a collaborative exhibition process to update the permanent exhibition of the Native Plateau.
  • Jefferson Historical Society and Museum, in Jefferson, to set up exhibits, collect oral histories, and develop hands-on experiences in the museum’s new space.
  • Keizer Heritage Foundation, in Keizer, to purchase materials for collecting oral histories.
  • Klamath County Museums in Klamath Falls to digitize Republican Klamath newspaper.
  • Lincoln County Historical Society, Newport, to produce three videos.
  • Miracle Theater Group in Portland to collect oral histories of Latino individuals across the state and house them at the Oregon State University Archives.
  • The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation in Portland offers exhibits and programming focused on Native American artists from rural Oregon.
  • Oregon Arts Watch, in Portland, to create a series of written and photographic essays to document the history of transgender and transgender communities in Oregon.
  • Oregon Black Pioneers, in Salem, to create a website that collects and makes available to the public all known research on Letitia Carson.
  • Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Portland, to provide online access to the organization’s archival and artifact collections.
  • Phoenix Historical Society Museum to catalog and relocate collections.
  • Portland Art Museum to design and install the Black Oregon Artists exposure.
  • Portland Chinatown History Foundation will add 12-15 new oral histories and photos to Chinatown Live! Online content.
  • Portland Japanese Garden to restore the historic natural garden machiai.
  • Salem Art Association to develop a strategic plan for the Bush House Museum and the Salem Art Association.
  • Siuslaw Pioneer Museum, in Florence, to install sprinkler systems in the museum and library buildings.
  • The Immigrant Story, in Hillsboro, to present Immigrant History Live, a public art program.
  • Tillamook County Pioneer Museum to create and promote a cultural heritage tourist passport program.
  • Vanport Placemaking Project, in Portland, to develop accessible audio content for interpretation on the Vanport site.
  • Willamette Falls Trust in Oregon City to create a design recommendations document that will outline tribal recommendations to guide design, interpretive plans, programming, and habitat restoration for development around Willamette Falls.
  • World Stage Theater, in Portland, to develop, promote, present and record Vanport the musical.

This competitive grant program is for eligible organizations and is offered once per biennium for projects that conserve, develop or interpret Oregon’s heritage. It’s a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission. The Commission works to secure, support and enhance the heritage of Oregon. The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Governor and nine agency advisers. Members are selected from state agencies and statewide organizations and represent diverse geographic and cultural backgrounds.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit or contact Kuri Gill at [email protected] or 503-986-0685.

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