The Oregon Heritage Commission is developing goals for the 2020-2025 Heritage Plan. In preparation, the Commission reviewed the progress of the 2014 Heritage Plan and recent statewide surveys. Paired with ongoing engagement with the heritage community, feedback from Oregon Heritage MentorCorps participants, and recognition of current cultural and professional trends, the Heritage Commission has identified four opportunities to strengthen heritage in the state.

The proposed 2020 Heritage Plan is a call to action for individuals and organizations leading heritage efforts across the state. Because success depends on your participation, we invite you to provide feedback on the proposed goals and share how these goals overlap with your efforts.

The written public comment period will be open from September 15- October 17, 2019. Comments can be addressed to the Heritage Commission in-person at the October 18, 2019 meeting. See agenda for details.

Proposed Heritage Plan Goals

1) Include more voices. Expand the narrative of history told and preserved in the state to capture previously excluded or marginalized voices for a more complex and accurate depiction of Oregon's historical events.

2) Increase access to heritage. Strive to engage more community members and visitors in local heritage by increasing awareness of resources and making them available to diverse audiences and potential stakeholders.

3) Promote the value of heritage. Share the economic, cultural, and educational value of heritage with the public and decision makers to inspire awareness, funding, and respect for long-term preservation of Oregon's heritage.

4) Pursue best practices. Pursue professional standards and best practices related to heritage processes, standards, and organizational management to ensure healthy, sustainable heritage organizations.

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* 1. Preparing and adopting the Oregon Heritage Plan is a statutory responsibility of the Heritage Commission. In the past, the Heritage Plan has set internal goals for the Commission. In 2020, the Heritage Commission is creating statewide goals and asking everyone to participate in working toward them. What do you think of this change?

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* 2. Please provide feedback on Goal 1:
Include more voices. Expand the narrative of history told and preserved in the state to capture previously excluded or marginalized voices for a more complex and accurate depiction of Oregon's historical events.

  Yes Somewhat No
Is your board currently discussing this topic?
Are you actively taking steps toward this goal?
Will you join this effort?

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* 3. Please provide feedback on Goal 2:
Increase access to heritage. Strive to engage more community members and visitors in local heritage by increasing awareness of resources and making them available to diverse audiences and potential stakeholders.

  Yes Somewhat No
Is your board currently discussing this topic?
Are you actively taking steps toward this goal?
Will you join this effort?

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* 4. Please provide feedback on Goal 3:
Promote the value of heritage. Share the economic, cultural, and educational value of heritage with the public and decision makers to inspire awareness, funding, and respect for long-term preservation of Oregon's heritage.

  Yes Somewhat No
Is your board currently discussing this topic?
Are you actively taking steps toward this goal?
Will you join this effort?

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* 5. Please provide feedback on Goal 4.
Pursue best practices. Pursue professional standards and best practices related to heritage processes, standards, and organizational management to ensure healthy, sustainable heritage organizations.

  Yes Somewhat No
Is your board currently discussing this topic?
Is your organization actively taking steps toward this goal?
Will you join this effort?

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* 6. Consider challenges you see heritage organizations facing across the state. Is there anything you have identified that doesn't fit under these proposed goals? Please share.

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* 7. What resources would help your organization/region meet these goals?

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* 8. Name & Location

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* 9. If you would like to join the Oregon Heritage News Listserv to receive a weekly email with news and updates, including updates on the 2020 Heritage Plan, please enter your email address below.

Thank you for providing feedback about on the 2020 Oregon Heritage Plan. Responses will be collected through November, reviewed, and a final plan will be presented in early 2020. Updates on the plan can be found at www.oregonheritage.org.
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