Digital flipbook version of our 2017 Heritage Programs’ newsletter
This year’s cover story dives deep into the significance behind a new historical marker slated for dedication (June 3, 2017) in Cave Junction at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum. The focus is on the “Triple Nickles,” also known as the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion—a segregated all-Black elite division—who in 1945 jumped into Oregon history. The battalion’s secret mission was to parachute near …
Notable trees that once graced Oregon
There are notable trees aplenty in Oregon, and you may have visited some of them on weekend forays across the state. However, trees have finite lifetimes. They are vulnerable to disease, rot, weather or humankind incidents. While not all of the trees represented in the“tree memorial” are Oregon Heritage Trees, during their lifespans many were beloved in their communities and by tree aficionados.
We will be …
We are pleased to invite you to become a sponsor to Oregon’s Grove of the States. This is a unique opportunity to participate in the restoration and preservation of a historic Oregon arboretum with national roots. Download a copy of the Sponsor Letter (PDF).
What is the Grove of the States?
Located at the southbound I-5 French Prairie Rest Area (where over two million visitors stop each year), the Grove was conceived by former …
Read a special E-news message from TIC/OTE Executive Director Nancy DeSouza. We’ve included links to some of the more interesting stories from 2015. See what you may have missed. Happy New Year to all!
OTE Heritage Program maps in digital format
The OTE Oregon Heritage Tree and Historical Marker Map Brochure remains one of our most popular and widely used publications. However, if you don’t want to clutter up your auto’s glovebox with another map, you now have an opportunity to view it digitally in a handy book-style format.
The brochure lists all of the latest Heritage Tree and Historical Marker sites across Oregon. Each section …
Clackamas County Tourism pilot project at French Prairie Rest Area
Oregon Travel Experience and Clackamas County Tourism will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the northbound I-5 French Prairie Rest Area in January 2015 (time and date to be announced). The ceremony will celebrate the installation of a new digital travel information kiosk. New opportunities for our Highway Business Sign customers are available at the refurbished kiosk. Read the full story, other news, …
Tillamook Eagle Scout brings rest area veterans memorial back to life
In 2012, OTE held a grand Tillamook rest area “re-opening” event and invited the community to celebrate with us. However, many of the attendees that same day may have glimpsed a Blue Star Memorial Highway marker hidden beneath a thorny field of wild blackberry vines.
What happened in the days following OTE’s grand clean-up was nothing short of amazing, thanks to the volunteer efforts of one …
Meet our newest Council member, Kathy Watson
Governor John Kitzhaber has appointed Kathy M. Watson to represent the Second Congressional District on the Oregon Travel Information Council.
Watson is an accomplished communications and public relations professional and served for several years as press secretary for Oregon’s Senate Majority Office.
Watson is a professional chef and owner of “Nora’s Table,” a Hood River restaurant that uses sustainably produced and locally sourced ingredients.
“As a …
A farmer’s mission
Oregon’s Indian summer provided a halcyon backdrop for the last 2012, OTE heritage event. On a balmy Friday afternoon in early October, a small crowd gathered under a thick canopy of leaves at the Shipley-Cook Century Farmstead.
Rick Cook, caretaker of the farm, greeted guests enthusiastically—inviting them to sit and enjoy the rustle of the breeze in the historic trees overhead. The Oregon Heritage Tree Committee and Oregon …
An Oregon black history fact is now recorded for future generations
Gwenn Carr (Vice Chair for Oregon Black Pioneers) has changed Oregon’s Historical Marker Program indelibly. During a random stop she made with her grandchildren to read a historical marker along Highway 101, Carr identified the marker’s nameless black crew-member of the sloop Lady Washington. She then contacted the Historical Marker Program about changing the marker’s text, and the rest as …