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'The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage.'

COURTESY PHOTO - The yearlong celebration of the Historic Columbia River Highway will be honored in late April with an Oregon Heritage Award.Oregon Public Broadcasting, a Chapman Elementary School mural preservation project and a Portland-area historian will be honored in late April as part of the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards.

Oregon's Heritage Commission will present the awards during the Oregon Heritage Summit to eight groups and people during its Wednesday, April 26, gathering in Newberg. At the same time, the commission will present the first Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation to Eugene volunteer Dorothy Brandner.

An awards banquet is from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Newberg's Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St. Tickets are available at www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx.

"The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Todd Mayberry, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations."

Awards will go to:

• Oregon Public Broadcasting's 2016 "Oregon Experience" season, for programs that promoted education and dialogue around remarkable citizens and underrepresented communities of the state.

• "15 Minutes Histories" Project, a collaboration between the Deschutes Public Library and the Deschutes County Historical Society that addressed access and long-term preservation of stories in Central Oregon.

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - A project to restore a WPA-era mural inside Portland's Chapman Elementary School will be honored with an Oregon Heritage award.• Aimee Gorham Mural Conservation Project, an exemplary cooperative effort to preserve a 1930s WPA-era wood art mural in Portland's Chapman Elementary School created by one of the state's most important female artists.

• John M. Tess of Portland, for a 40-year career working to preserve Oregon's historic and architectural legacy.

• Historic Columbia River Highway 2016 Centennial Celebration, which worked with Oregon's Department of Transportation to host yearlong events honoring Oregon's oldest scenic highway.

• Vanport Mosaic Festival 2016, which focused on Vanport's history.

• Kelly Haverkate, for her commitment as a Main Street program volunteer to revitalize the city of Dayton's downtown.

• Redmond's Union High School Rehabilitation Project, with restored a historic building now housing City Hall.

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