Oregon Heritage is launching a recognition program to recognize and support communities that embrace and promote their heritage resources.

By participating, communities will be able to safeguard important elements of the past, advance both quality of life and economic objectives and enhance their unique community character.

"Many communities are already doing great work with their heritage resources," says Roger Roper, deputy state historic preservation officer with Oregon Heritage. "We hope the program will raise public awareness about communities that already recognize the value of local heritage, encourage collaboration among heritage organizations and projects and increase community access to resources."

The Oregon Heritage All-Star Community program has three main goals: educate communities about the full spectrum of cultural heritage, encourage communities to expand, strengthen and coordinate their participation in cultural heritage and recognize communities that reach an exemplary level of participation.

In order to qualify, a community must meet at least 15 of 20 criteria related to heritage resources. Communities that meet at least 10 of the criteria may also submit an application of interest to obtain additional support in achieving additional criteria to qualify.

The selected communities will receive signage, a certificate, a special designation on the Travel Oregon web site, use of a logo and Heritage All-Star Community Leadership Services. Services include technical support, workshops and tools.

Oregon Heritage includes the State Historic Preservation Office, the Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.

For more information about the Oregon Heritage All-Star Community program and the application process, visit or contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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