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Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Albany
Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Albany
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Albany listed in National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 06/13/24

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Albany, Linn County is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the property’s nomination at their February 2024 meeting. The National Park Service—which maintains the National Register—accepted the nomination on May 20, 2024. 

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1892 and enlarged in 1917 by and for the congregation of Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The property is locally significant under National Register Criterion C as an excellent example of a Queen Anne style church. Queen Anne architectural design was not commonly used in churches. Cumberland Presbyterian is extensively decorated with shingles, ornate mouldings, frieze boards, sunbursts, rosettes, and colored glass windows. After a lengthy community effort, in 2021 the church was moved three blocks east of its original location. Before, during and after the move, extreme care was taken to preserve the structure and its character defining architectural features. The building is now operated as the non-profit Cumberland Community Event Center.

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church is one of 23 individually listed historic properties in Albany. The National Register of Historic Places was established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. 

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings can be found online at www.oregonheritage.org (listed under “designate”).

Malmgren Garage, Talent
Malmgren Garage, Talent
Malmgren Garage in Talent listed in National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 06/13/24

The Malmgren Garage in Talent, Jackson County is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the property’s nomination at their March 2024 meeting. The National Park Service—which maintains the National Register—accepted the nomination on May 9, 2024. 

The Malmgren Garage was constructed in 1924 for Theodore and Frederika Malmgren. Theodore Malmgren was a southern Oregon physician and one of the first doctors in southern Oregon to purchase an automobile so he could provide patient care throughout rural Jackson County.

The property is locally significant under National Register Criterion A, in the area of Commerce, for its association with the commercial development of Talent and the community’s expanded economy in the years after World War One as the result of the development of the Pacific Highway and increased reliance on private automobiles that replaced train travel.

The Malmgren Garage is also significant under Criterion C, in the area of Architecture, as an exemplar of its type. The Malmgren Garage reflects the simple utilitarian garage building designs developed to respond to the shift toward automobile transportation that occurred in the early 20th century.

Restored and rehabilitated following damage resulting from the Almeda Fire in 2020, the Malmgren Garage retains the original material and exterior finish of its characteristic concrete walls, its auto-related deep setback from the public right of way, and the false front typical of the modest commercial designs of Talent’s downtown.

The Malmgren Garage is one of five individually listed historic properties in Talent. The National Register of Historic Places was established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. 

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings can be found online at www.oregonheritage.org (listed under “designate”).

Attached Media Files: Malmgren Garage, Talent
Dallas Downtown Historic District
Dallas Downtown Historic District
Dallas Downtown Historic District listed in National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 06/13/24

The Dallas Downtown Historic District in Polk County is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district’s nomination at their February 2024 meeting. The National Park Service—which maintains the National Register—accepted the nomination on May 24, 2024. 

The Dallas Downtown Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places because of its local significance in the area of commerce under National Register Criterion A for its association with broad patterns of history and its representation of the economic development of the city of Dallas. Near the center of the historic district is the Polk County Courthouse (completed in 1900), a building that exemplifies an era when agriculture and timber led to Dallas’ unprecedented economic vitality.

The Dallas Downtown Historic District is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places because of its local significance in the area of architecture under National Register Criterion C for its reflection of commercial building design, technology, style, and form over a nearly century-long period of development. As a collection, the buildings in the district reflect the evolution of commerce in Dallas’ downtown core from some of the earliest permanent construction in the 19th century through the arrival of modernism in the mid-20th century.

The Dallas Downtown Historic District contains 43 total resources: 33 contributing, 8 noncontributing, and 2 previously listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The period of significance for the district is 1870 – 1955. The contributing buildings in the district demonstrate historic trends in commercial construction, with representatives from each key development period reflecting a range of downtown building designs, styles, forms, and functions.

The Dallas Downtown Historic District is one of four individually National Register listed properties in Dallas, Oregon. The National Register of Historic Places was established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. 

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings can be found online at www.oregonheritage.org (listed under “designate”).

Attached Media Files: Dallas Downtown Historic District
Beverly Beach Construction 2
Beverly Beach Construction 2
Beverly Beach extends closure through July 31 due to construction delays (Photo) - 06/12/24

NEWPORT, Oregon— Beverly Beach State Park, seven miles north of Newport, will extend its closure through July 31, 2024 due to delays in construction. 

The popular campground and day-use area closed last September for construction. Work included moving power lines underground and replacing aging water lines to help better serve visitors in the future. 

Some of the infrastructure at Beverly Beach is more than 80 years old and presented unexpected challenges and delays. The park is now slated to open Aug. 1, 2024. 

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we finish park improvements that will enhance the park for future visitors. Welcoming campers is one of our favorite parts of the job so we’re eager to open the gate in August,” said Park Manager Burke Martin. 

The park improvements were made possible with GO Bond funds, a $50 million investment from the Oregon State Legislature for projects at several Oregon State Parks. Learn more about GO Bonds at bit.ly/gobonds

Two pine trees and six small crabapple trees are slated for removal at Willson Park
Two pine trees and six small crabapple trees are slated for removal at Willson Park
Partial closure at State Capitol State Park due to construction and removal of eight trees (Photo) - 06/11/24

SALEM, Oregon— The southwest corner of Willson Park, within State Capitol State Park, will be temporarily closed due to construction into October. 

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will remove a total of eight trees (two pine trees and six small crabapple trees) from the site this week. The trees are not heritage trees or considered significant in terms of age or history. 

The trees will be removed to make space for the future Vietnam Veterans Memorial. OPRD is working with the local nonprofit leading the project and the landscape architects designing the grounds. 

The current closure area covers about one acre of Willson park. The closure area will be reduced by half once the project team completes water and electrical work, which is expected to take about a month. The southwest corner of Willson Park will reopen when phase one of the memorial is complete, which is slated for October.

OPRD asks visitors to respect the signs and barriers as crews complete their work. For additional information about the memorial project, visit its website at https://ocvvm.com/about/

Public invited to comment on a federal grant award in Aurora - 06/07/24

The City of Aurora has received a grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, administered by Oregon State Historic Preservation Office to fund the following local preservation projects. 

Marion County

City of Aurora
21514 Liberty St NE
$7,800 grant funds
Chimney repair.

21581 Main St NE
$8700 grant funds
Roof replacement.

This notice serves to make the public aware of the projects and solicit comments pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The comment period is open for 30 days from the date of this announcement. To provide comments or learn more information about this project visit the federal grant public comment section of our website or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Oregon, is administered through the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov.

State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation meets June 21 in Salem - 06/06/24

The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) will meet June 21 in-person at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St NE, Rm 142a, Salem, Oregon 97301, to consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The SACHP meeting is open to the public. 

 

Friday’s meeting agenda includes guided site visits, presentations, and hearings of three proposed nominations. 

 

The guided site visits on Friday will begin at 9:00 a.m and the business meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. Anyone may listen to the meeting and instructions on how to attend electronically is posted on the commission web page. Registration is required to speak at the meeting, and is available online at https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/OH/Pages/Commissions.aspx#SACHP 

 

On Friday, the committee will review five proposed nominations beginning at 2:00 p.m.: J.L. Elam Bank, Milton-Freewater, Umatilla County; Black Historic Resources in Oregon Outside of Portland, 1788-2002, Multiple Property Document; Gorman House Amendment, Corvallis, Benton County.

 

For specific hearing times, refer to the online agenda: www.oregonheritage.org (click on “Commissions & Committees” at top of page and look under “State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation”).

 

The SACHP is a nine-member governor-appointed citizen commission with credentials in many historic preservation-related fields. 

 

Nominations recommended by the SACHP go to the National Park Service, which maintains the Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

 

This effort aligns with the Oregon Historic Preservation Plan goal to increase the thematic diversity of Oregon properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It also supports the goals to include more voices and increase access to Oregon heritage that are part of the Oregon Heritage Plan

 

The conference call is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting may be made with at least three days of advance notice by calling (503) 986-0690. 

 

More information about the National Register of Historic Places process is online at www.oregonheritage.org.

 

 

2024 Holiday Lights timed entry and parking reservations now available - 06/03/24

The Friends of Shore Acres sponsors the Nov. 28-Dec. 31 event

Coos Bay, Oregon—Timed entry and parking reservations for the Holiday Lights event at Shore Acres State Park are now available online. The event runs Nov. 28-Dec. 31 in 2024, and parking time slots are available for 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily.  A reservation is needed for a vehicle to park at the event and includes entry for everyone inside the car. 

“The reservation system has been extremely successful from our perspective,” says Lee Ricci, park manager for the Sunset Bay Management Unit. “Since launching in 2022, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from the public, with a lot of visitors telling us they’re happy to have a place reserved to park.”

The system has significantly improved visitor safety, Ricci adds, which is why park staff worked with the Friends of Shore Acres to implement the new system three years ago. A bonus is that vehicles are no longer waiting in long lines on the road to enter the event. The Friends of Shore Acres has put on Holiday Lights annually since 1987. 

Ricci reminds visitors that parking on the road is not allowed, and parking outside Shore Acres in other day-use areas, including parking pullouts, is not permitted after dusk. With the exception of the Holiday Lights event at Shore Acres State Park from Thanksgiving to New Years Eve, all other day-use areas are closed after dusk, per Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs).

The $5 fee for parking and timed entry is the same amount as the normal parking permit price for the park. The fee may be waived if the person making the reservation has one of the following and selects the option during the reservation process: 

  • 12- or 24-month parking permit;
  • special access pass for either the veterans with service-connected disabilities or foster, guardian and adoptive foster parents of Oregon foster children;
  • current Oregon State Park camping confirmation that coincides with the date of the event visit;
  • or an Oregon Pacific Coast Passport.

Reservations also can be made by calling 800-452-5687. Visitors do not have the option to purchase a parking permit onsite to park. 

At entry into the light show, visitors must present a screen shot of the ticket via their smartphone or the printed ticket, as well as the selected pass, permit, or campground confirmation. Park staff asks that visitors have everything ready to show to keep traffic moving. 

Although visitors can reserve their timed entry parking spot now, additional time slots will be available later this fall during a seven-day rolling window. Visitors can make reservations on Nov. 21 for visits on Nov. 28, and so on.  The rolling window continues through the end of the event Dec. 31.

 “We realize that it’s early for many families to make November and December plans and we want people to have an opportunity for spur-of-the-moment visits,” Ricci adds, “We’re holding half the parking sites for that rolling seven-day window to ensure visitors can reserve closer to the event.”

Visit the Oregon State Parks website for 12 and 24-month parking permit and special access pass information. Oregon Pacific Coast Passport information is available at the US Forest Service website.

 

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Rule Advisory Committee meets to begin updating general park rules in state parks - 06/03/24

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has formed a committee to begin the process of amending the Oregon Administrative Rules guiding general park rules within state parks. 

A Rule Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet virtually three times this summer to review and discuss proposed changes to administrative rules. The RAC will review rules to consider any barriers to park use for historically underrepresented groups and make administrative changes to make rules clearer, easier to enforce and more flexible when possible.

These meetings are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Meeting 1 – Monday, July 8, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 

Meeting 2 – Thursday, Aug. 8, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Meeting 3 – Thursday, Aug 29, 10 a.m.-noon

The meeting can be viewed online at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkqL6iVPBrfCTO27cNmCTwg 

After the committee review, the rule will open for public comment. Details will be posted on the Proposed OPRD Rules web page.

Division 10, the Park Area Rules are intended to guide public use of park properties. This division includes rules around use of motor vehicles, bicycles, boats and animals in parks, as well as, day use and overnight campground use. Proposed changes will address management issues staff face as visitation grows, make rules and penalties clearer and provide more flexibility for managers to provide public services, when possible

OPRD appointed members to the advisory committee. Members include mental health practitioners, representatives from the disability’s community, equestrian community, and diversity and environmental conservationists.

Individuals who require special accommodations to view the meetings should contact Helena Kesch at least three days in advance of the meeting at helena.kesch@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-881-4637.

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission to meet June 11-12 in Mt. Vernon - 06/03/24

Mt. Vernon, Oregon — The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will convene June 11 and 12 in Mt. Vernon, Oregon. 

On June 11, commissioners will tour Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site at 8:30 a.m. followed by work sessions on the Heritage Division and Governance, as well as Oregon ethics training 1 to 4:45 p.m.

On June 12, commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the Mt. Vernon Community Center, 640 Ingle Street, to discuss acquisition priorities and opportunities and potential litigation. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A business meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the same location and will be open to the public.

Anyone may attend or listen to the business meeting; instructions on how to listen will be posted on the commission web page prior to the meeting. The business meeting includes time for informal public comment related to any items not on the agenda. Registration is required to speak at the meeting if attending online and is available online at bit.ly/registerjune2024commission . The deadline to register to speak at the meeting virtually is 5 p.m. June 7. No advance registration is required to speak in person at the meeting. Time per speaker is limited to three minutes. Please submit written public comments by 5 p.m. June 7 to chris.havel@oprd.oregon.gov

The full agenda and supporting documents are posted on the commission web page. Notable requests: 

  • Approval of the 25-27 Agency Request Budget, and Key Performance Measures,
  • Add 800+ acres at Bald Hill Farm near Corvallis to the State Natural Area Register,
  • Open rulemaking on Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) Chapter 736, Division 56 (Oregon Main Street), and Division 15, (State Park Rates)
  • Adopt OAR 736-040-0070, a technical correction to Maupin state scenic waterway boundary to comply with state statute,
  • Approval of various state park construction, architecture and engineering, and design contracts.

Anyone needing special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Denise Warburton, commission assistant, at least three days in advance: denise.warburton@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-779-9729. 

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state. 

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Historic cemeteries commission awards grants to multiple projects - 05/29/24

Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) has awarded $60,556 in grants to 11 historic cemetery projects throughout the state through the Historic Cemeteries Grant program. The funds will help support preservation efforts, tree care and access. Individual award amounts ranged from $2,500 - $10,900.

Funded projects:

  • Gate installation and marker repair at the Antelope Cemetery in Wasco County.
  • Ground Penetrating Radar interpretation and organizational structuring for Blue Mountain Kees Cemetery in Umatilla County.
  • Monument repair at the Lebanon Pioneer Cemetery in Linn County.
  • Monument repair at the IOOF Eastwood Cemetery in Medford.
  • Install a fence at the Shelton Jordan Cemetery in Linn County.
  • Monument repair at Lee Mission Cemetery in Salem.
  • Trim trees and remove dead trees at Logtown Cemetery in Jackson County.
  • Repair monuments and hold a marker cleaning workshop at Luper Cemetery in Lane County.
  • Complete land survey at North Powder Cemetery in Union County.
  • Remove hazard trees at Phoenix Pioneer Cemetery in Jackson County.
  • Repair monuments at Rock Creek Cemetery in Clackamas County.

Historic cemeteries are documented by OCHC and must include the burial of at least one person who died 75 years before the current date. 

The historic cemetery grant program is offered annually by the OCHC, part of the Oregon Heritage Program at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The grant program is supported by lottery and other funds. 

OCHC maintains a list of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in the state. The seven-member appointed commission helps people and organizations document, preserve and promote designated historic cemeteries statewide.

For more information about the grant program or the OCHC, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685. 

Attached Media Files: 2024 Awards list
Oregon Heritage Commission awards grants to museum projects - 05/29/24

The Oregon Heritage Commission has awarded $75,031 in grants to 15 museums throughout the state as part of the Oregon Museum Grant program. The grants will help fund a variety of projects including collection preservation, interpretation, and heritage tourism. Award amounts ranged from $1,052 - $8,000.

Funded projects:

  • Benton County Historical Society, in Philomath, to complete the ADA assessment phase of the museum master plan.
  • Update the interpretation of Native American history in the permanent exhibit at the Cannon Beach History Center. 
  • Replace the roof of the Sumpter Museum in Baker County.
  • Digitize and make accessible through the University of Oregon Digital Newspaper Program the Willamina newspapers (1909-1972) and establish a museum research desk at the Willamina Museum in Yamhill County.
  • Preserve documents, scrapbooks, photos, and artifacts related to Patricia Whiting, who was the first Filipina to serve in the Oregon House of Representatives, housed at Five Oaks Museum in Washington County.
  • Organize the collection storage area at the Cascade Locks Historical Museum in Hood River County.
  • Provide a shared presentation system housed at the Gold Hill Historical Society Museum, including a speakers bureau and equipment for five participating museums in Jackson County.
  • Rehouse, assess damage, and update records for 75 historic textiles that were impacted by sprinkler water during a building fire at Gresham Historical Society.
  • Collect oral histories and create a video about the Portland Greek Festival in Portland.
  • Purchase storage materials and rehouse the quilt and textile collections at Jacknife-Zion-Horseheaven Historical Society.
  • Provide access to oral histories, archival documents and photos through an interactive touch screen at Keizer Heritage Foundation.
  • Conduct the mechanical restoration of a 1914 LaFrance Pumper Truck at the Oregon Fire Service Museum, Memorial & Learning Center in Marion County.
  • Purchase and organize appropriate storage containers for textile collection pieces at the Shelton McMurphy Johnson House in Eugene.
  • Scan and associate with the catalog records of about 50% of the Deeds of Gift to the Southern Oregon Historical Society collection. 
  • Purchase a 3-D relief map of the “Wallowa Country” which includes traditional Wallowa band Nez Perce homelands and present-day Wallowa County for the Wallowa History Center.

The museum grant program is offered annually by the Oregon Heritage Commission, part of the Oregon Heritage program at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The grant program began in 1965 when only 24 organizations were eligible for the program. The grant is funded OPRD lottery dollars. 

The Oregon Heritage Commission works to secure, sustain and enhance Oregon’s heritage. The Commission sponsors heritage initiatives that educate the public about the value of heritage and celebrate the state’s diversity.

The Oregon Heritage Commission consists of nine members appointed by the governor and nine agency advisors. Members are chosen from state agencies and statewide organizations, and represent a diverse geographical and heritage background. 

To learn more about the Oregon Museum Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685. 

Attached Media Files: 2024 Oregon Museum grant awards.
Draft of Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan is available online for public review - 05/23/24

SALEM, Oregon— The public is invited to comment on the draft 2025-29 Oregon Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) titled Balance and Engagement: Sustaining the Benefits for All Oregonians. A copy of the draft SCORP document and support documents are posted online for public review.  The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will accept comments until June 28, 2024.

The five-year plan is a comprehensive look at Oregon’s outdoor recreation needs and priorities based on a representative population survey of more than 3,000 residents and recreation providers. The research was conducted in collaboration with Oregon State University. 

Results help guide federal, state, and local government, as well as the private and nonprofit sectors, in making policy and planning decisions. The primary purpose of the plan is to provide guidance for the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program and other OPRD grant programs. The SCORP also provides up-to-date, high-quality information to assist recreation providers with park system planning in Oregon.

Comments can be submitted directly through a comment feature on the SCORP webpage or by mail to Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301, Attn: Caleb Dickson.

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