Deschutes County Heritage Organizations Partner to Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month May 2013


Residents and visitors to Deschutes County are invited to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month during May 2013. The Deschutes County Historical Society is one of several heritage based organizations who have joined forces for a series of events, programs, and workshops that will engage and enlighten audiences all month long.

See! Save! Celebrate! is this year’s national theme, chosen by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

What is historic preservation? Historic preservation means saving the story of us—the communities we cherish, the parks we love, the buildings we admire, the little stories we always share with visitors. From ancient cultures through the growth of our communities among the sagebrush, it is about saving the places, buildings, artifacts, stories, and memories that preserve and enhance our story.

National Historic Preservation Month activities are brought to you by the Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commission, the City of Bend Historic Landmarks Commission, the City of Redmond Landmarks Commission, the Deschutes County Historical Society, Sisters Chamber of Commerce, the Tower Theatre Foundation, Deschutes Land Trust, Bend Genealogical Society, and Petersen Rock Gardens.

Attached is the National Preservation Month logo as well as the local flyer for more information on scheduled events, and fun facts to share. For questions, please contact Kelly Cannon-Miller at 541.389.1813.

Ten activities are planned:

May 1, 7:30pm         Charles Phoenix and His BIG Retro Slide Show,

Tower Theatre, Tickets $14.00

May 7, 10am       Bend Genealogy Society First Tuesday Help for Beginners, Free

(Membership is encouraged for future mentorship.)

Williamson Hall at Rock Arbor Villa, 2200 NE Hwy 20

May 11, 12-4pm          Preservation Day at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, $5.00 Admission

Walking Tours and How-To help for researching historic homes

May 14, 3pm       Camp Polk Meadow History Walk, Free

Camp Polk Meadow, registration required at

May 21, 10am     Bend Genealogical Society Monthly Program, Free

Using Census Records

First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th Street, Bend

May 23, 3pm       Historic Downtown Sisters Interpretive Tour, Free

Sisters Chamber of Commerce, sign up by calling 541.549.0251

May 25-27                   Grand Reopening of the Petersen Rock Gardens

7930 SW 77th Street, Redmond

May 28, 7pm       Deschutes County Historical Society History Pub

History of Newberry Crater with Dave Stowe

McMenamins Old St. Francis Father Luke Room

May 1-31                     Old Redmond Schoolhouse Interpretive Kiosk

Dry Canyon on Black Butte Ave, Redmond

Interpretive display celebrating the Redmond Schoolhouse that is in danger of demolition.

May 1-31                     Jessie Hill School Bell—Solving the Mystery Exhibit

Redmond Public Library, 827 SW Deschutes Avenue

The Des Chutes Historical Museum is located at 129 NW Idaho Ave, between Wall and Bond. Please visit the Des Chutes Historical Museum website at or call 541-389-1813 for more information.


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