Cottage Grove received recognition of its efforts to preserve its history and heritage last week.
On Friday, Feb. 8, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced that Cottage Grove has been designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission as an “Oregon Heritage All-Star Community.” The Commission created the All-Star program to recognize strong efforts by communities to broadly preserve and develop heritage resources.
According to the Commission, an All-Star designation requires that communities meet at least 15 of 20 criteria related to local heritage. These include heritage tourism efforts, historic preservation programs, photo and document archives, museums, historic cemeteries and more. The official designation was presented at the Monday, Feb. 11 meeting of the Cottage Grove City Council.
“Cottage Grove embraces heritage as a community value,” said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. “The city, museums, historical society and community members make a magnificent effort to preserve and share local history. The coordinated effort by these individuals and organizations has made local heritage a contributor to the economy and livability of Cottage Grove.”
The city is required to maintain at least 15 of the criteria to maintain the Heritage All-Star status. Technical assistance will be provided to Cottage Grove and other all-star communities to maintain, sustain and expand the heritage offerings and facilities.
“Preserving our local historical resources is very important to our community. The designation as a Heritage All-Star community not only recognizes us for our efforts but will help us continue to improve our preservation efforts,” commented Cottage Grove Mayor Tom Munroe.For the complete article see the 02-13-2013 issue.
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