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State Historic Preservation Office
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0684
Fax: 503-986-0793
Email: chrissy.curran@oregon.gov
Web: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/SHPO/Pages/index.aspx
Contact: Chrissy Curran, Heritage Division Manager and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer

Statutory Authority: ORS 358.612


Duties and Responsibilities: he State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) was established in 1967, a year after the U.S. Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act. Under federal and state mandates, the SHPO manages programs that create opportunities for individuals, organizations and local governments to become directly involved in the protection of significant historic and cultural resources.


The SHPO creates these opportunities through archaeological services, grant programs, planning assistance, tax incentive programs and federal programs such as the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the Certified Local Government Program and the Oregon Main Street Network collaborate with communities to develop comprehensive revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character and heritage.


The OPRD director is Oregon’s designated State Historic Preservation Officer.

 

State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0684
Fax: 503-986-0793
Email: chrissy.curran@oregon.gov
Web: www.oregonheritage.org
Contact: Christine Curran, Heritage Division Manager
Statutory Authority: ORS 358.622


Duties and Responsibilities: The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation is a nine-member group that reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The members are professionally recognized in the fields of history, architecture, archaeology and other related disciplines. The committee holds public meetings in February, June and October each year at different locations within the state.

 

Heritage Commission
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0696
Fax: 503-986-0793
Email: todd.mayberry@oregon.gov
Web: www.oregonheritage.org
Contact: Todd Mayberry, Coordinator
Statutory Authority: ORS 358.570


Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon Heritage Commission, established to secure, sustain, enhance and promote Oregon’s heritage, is a nine-member governor-appointed commission that has broad responsibilities as a connector and catalyst for hundreds of organizations and thousands of Oregonians devoted to preserving and interpreting Oregon’s heritage resources. Its programs include the Heritage and Museum Grant Programs, technical assistance for heritage organizations and an annual conference. It also gives annual Heritage Excellence Awards and designates Oregon Heritage Traditions, All-Star Communities, and Statewide Celebrations.

 

Commission on Historic Cemeteries
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0685
Fax: 503-986-0793
Email: kuri.gill@oregon.gov
Web: www.oregonheritage.org
Contact: Kuri Gill, Coordinator

Statutory Authority: ORS 97.772–97.784


Duties and Responsibilities: Established in 1999, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries maintains a list of historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon. It works to promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries and to provide financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearance.

 


Historic Trails Advisory Council
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0677
Fax: 503-986-0793
Email: chrissy.curran@oregon.gov
Web: www.oregonheritage.org
Contact: Christine Curran, Heritage Division Manager
Statutory Authority: Executive Order 98-16


Duties and Responsibilities: In 1998, the governor established the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council (OHTAC) to oversee and provide advice on Oregon’s 16 historic trails. Nine volunteer citizens comprise OHTAC to advise the state on locating, preserving and encouraging use of historic trails by Oregonians and visitors. The group meets three times a year. Guided by experts and/or local residents, OHTAC evaluates and records trail conditions, and discusses opportunities for marking and interpreting the trails.


The council collects and shares information on trails, encourages local communities and agencies to develop directional and interpretive signs, brochures and maps, and helps them find resources to protect and share these irreplaceable corridors of history.


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