• 18 Oct 2016 12:20 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Upcoming NPI Seminar: November—Salem, OR


    Section 106: An Introduction

    Salem, OR—November 1-3, 2016


    Learn the basics of project review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. This seminar emphasizes practicalities—how to avoid pitfalls and victimization by myths. Discuss recent changes in regulations and procedures, with an emphasis on coordination with the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws. Read full agenda.




    NPI, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, educates those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage.


    Questions? Please contact us. Thank you.


    National Preservation Institute / 703.765.0100 / /

  • 13 Sep 2016 10:42 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Join us in Eugene for two days of exploring the theme Engage! Registration can be found at our events page. Early bird registration ends on October 1, and you can save even more money by becoming or renewing your membership to OMA first!

  • 15 Mar 2016 8:07 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    The Oregon Museums Association is accepting session proposals for the 2016 OMA Annual Conference, October 23-25, at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Eugene, Oregon. We are looking for energized presenters to discuss projects and programs from the state that focus on community engagement, public outreach, new skills, techniques and innovative ideas for community-minded museums.

    The theme for the conference is "Engage!” There will be hands on workshops, informative breakout sessions, and exciting networking opportunities.

    If you are interested in presenting at the 2016 OMA Annual Conference, please download the session proposal and send it to The deadline for proposal submissions is Thursday, June 30, 2016.

    We hope to see you in Eugene!
  • 08 Feb 2016 3:04 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    This coming Saturday is the next meeting of the Pacific Northwest Maritime Heritage Council.

    Date: February 13th, 2016

    Time: 10:00 AM
    Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend Washington
    Optional lunch $15 (feel free to bring your own)
    Links to lodging options here:
    RSVP here:

    Format: We're setting our sights of having a single, high impact session this year that shifts the emphasis of the meeting towards diving in on a topic of mutual interest, and bringing in an expert add to the collective wisdom already in the room and help us all make our own organizations stronger.

    This year's topic: Membership

    Many of our organizations have membership models, and from a cursory survey it seems that most of our membership levels are static or in the decline. We will be bringing in a speaker to talk about membership with the intention of helping us grow membership in our museums and non-profits. Topics to be addressed:
        •    Nationwide trends in membership

        •    Is the membership model dead?
        •    Membership in the age of social media
        •    Strategies to grow membership
        •    How does membership fit into an overall fundraising strategy

    This will be a seminar and a working session, bring your notebook!

  • 28 Jan 2016 11:26 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Benton County Historical Society and Museum

    The Presidential Medallion Quilt Project is an exhibition of forty-three, Presidential quilts. Each quilt uses an historically correct pattern and fabric either period or reproduction for each presidential term of office. The makers are quilt historians and enthusiasts from across the United States who are affiliated with the American Quilt Study Group. The exhibition will be open at Benton County Museum through March 5, 2016.

    “This exhibition is both visually appealing and intellectually stimulating. It gets people talking” says museum curator Mark Tolonen. “Who is the earliest president that you personally recall?” and “Which is your favorite president?” he asks visitors.


    The museum is using Facebook to post presidential history anecdotes and featured objects from the museum collection in support of the quilt exhibition:

  • 28 Jan 2016 11:24 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    The Willamette Heritage Center seeks nominations for its Annual Heritage Awards, to be held on April 1, 2016. The Heritage Awards recognize and honor our community’s leaders and organizations who have contributed significantly to our heritage. In addition to these honors, the night includes socializing, dinner, and a special program for the enjoyment and enlightenment of history enthusiasts and all lovers of the past and the stories we tell about it. This year, our program focuses on stories, memory, and oral history projects. The program features the first public presentation of an exclusive oral history of the legendary Gerry Frank, a fourth-generation native Oregonian with deep roots in the retail, restaurant, political, civic and business of the state.

    Learn more at:

  • 17 Jan 2016 3:29 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Applications are now available for the Willamette Heritage Center's Teen Interpreter Program (TIP).


    TIP is a 6 month program for teens ages 14-18.  Program participants spend their Spring-Summer immersed in heritage studies, drama, research, living history, costuming,  and training in historic crafts.  TIP is designed to introduce high school students to museums and living history through research, interactive programs, and field trips.

    Participant Requirements

    Participants must be between the ages of 14 and 18 by June 20, 2016.  


    Participants must attend 3 Saturday training meetings scheduled for the first Saturday of the months of April thru June, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm each day.  Parents are required to attend an orientation meeting with the TIP supervisor and their student on Saturday, April 2 before their student can participate in the program.

    Hour Requirements

    After spring training workshops are completed and summer vacation has begun, each participant must commit to a minimum 3-hour volunteer shift one day a week (Monday - Friday) and attend weekly workshops on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.  The total minimum weekly time commitment is 5 hours.  Depending on the location and travel time, an additional four to eight hours will be spent at each of two field trips during the program.

    School Credit

    Participants may receive 1/2 an elective credit through the Salem-Keizer School District or other participating districts.  A minimum of 65 hours is needed to receive credit.  Credits are granted at the discretion of the school administrators and students are responsible for discussing this with their school counselors.


    The cost for each participant is $100.  Information about scholarships is available upon request.

    Application Process

    Students must complete the TIP application to be considered for this program.  The form is available online at  Applications are due by February 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview the first week of March.  Space is limited and returning students will be given priority.


    For more information or to request an application, contact Kathleen Schulte, WHC Education Director, at 503-585-7012 or

  • 17 Jan 2016 3:25 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The steering committee for Tillamook Helping Hands has scheduled a meeting for January 25, 2016, at 5:30 PM in the Classroom at the THH Homeless Emergency Center, the former Naval Air Station Tillamook Headquarters Building at the Port of Tillamook Bay. The meeting is open to parties interested in volunteering at the Center and plans will be discussed for the opening of the Center in February. For more information, call Ruby at the Pioneer Museum at 503.842.4553.

  • 05 Jan 2016 4:11 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Applications are now available to nominate individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon’s heritage for an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award. Nominations are encouraged for exceptional and commendable work with special consideration given to the development of new ideas, approaches and innovations in heritage-related activities. The awards are intended to draw public attention to important heritage efforts in Oregon and to raise the quality of heritage-oriented activities.


    The deadline for nominations is Jan. 18. Award information, the nomination application and a list of previous winners is available at the awards website. 

    Additional information is available from Mike Gushard at (503) 986-0671 or


    The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards will be presented May 5 by Oregon Heritage at the 2016 Oregon Heritage Conference in Salem.

  • 03 Dec 2015 12:25 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Faces, Places & Vases, featuring the art of Skip Horton and Donna Beverly, is on display at Benton County Museum through January 23, 2016.

    “Movement is a constant element in my artwork; the drama of the wind across the landscape, like the dancer on a stage, always influences my images.  Once the image is redrawn in watercolor pencil or graphite line on the canvas and the focus of the painting is established, I can then get lost in my world of color and the dance of the paintbrush…. Studying color theory and art history gives me the impetus to utilize color as a means of personal expression and play”  says Beverly.  


    Reflecting on his art in this exhibition, Horton says “The metal, ceramic and glass pieces in this show are the result of combining various media, glass details on ceramic pieces, for example. I now combine and use new tools and techniques with what I have done in the past in a less goal-oriented way.  I get a general idea about a sculpture, start the project and then let the process dictate how things go. Instead of designing for the purpose of training someone else, I produce for the joy of using my own hands.”


    Enjoy a visit to Oregon’s past and present! The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 4:30. Admission is always free!



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