2019 Fall Gala & Heritage Awards
Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 5:30 pm

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Contact Helen Shafran, Development Director, by email at helens@willametteheritage.org, or by phone at 503.585.7012 x228.


2018 Fall Gala & Heritage Awards
“This is Our Life”
Saturday, October 13th, 2018 • 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

For the first time, our annual Heritage Awards and our Fall Gala was combined to form one wonderful event! We spent the evening celebrating Mid-Valley history with a delicious catered dinner, drinks, a live auction, and the presentation of the Heritage Awards to individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the preservation and interpretation of the past.

Last year’s event featured a nod to famous tv shows such as “This Is Your Life” and “Who Do You Think You Are?,” and included the live “reveals” of the family trees of several members of the Mid-Willamette Valley’s history-loving community. The Gail Gage Band treated us to great music, and auctioneer/emcee Jim Taylor led us through a program full of mystery, history, and laughter.

Photos from the 2018 Fall Gala & Heritage Awards: This Is Our Life

2018 David Duniway Award – Steve Chambers

2018 Heritage Enterprise Award – Fitts Seafood

Heritage Award Nominations 2019

The Willamette Heritage Center Annual Heritage Awards honored and recognize leaders and organizations who have significantly contributed to the preservation of the community’s heritage. Awards are presented in four areas.

The categories are:

David Duniway Historian Award:
This honor combines MMM Lifetime Historian Award and MCHS David Duniway Award for Historic Preservation, the two oldest, continuously bestowed awards given by both organizations. It recognizes distinguished and long-term contributions by an individual or organization to the public understanding and appreciation of the cultural history of the community and the Willamette Valley through teaching, writing, research, or historic preservation. Named for the founding MCHS president and MMM founding member David Duniway.

2018: Steve Chambers
2017: Barbara Mahoney
2016: Scott McArthur
2015: Gwen Carr
2014: Susan Bell and Robert Speckman
2013: Willamette Valley Genealogical Society
2012: Sons of Labish
2011: Virginia Green, SHINE Network, the Aumsville Historical Society.
2010: Aumsville Historical Society

Other past winners include:
David Duniway, Ruth McBride Powers, Cecil Edwards, Mary E. Eyre, Alfred C. Jones, Elisabeth Walton Potter, Adele L. Egan, Meyer Memorial Trust, Ralph Schlegel, Alfred C. Jones, Robert Humphreys, Maynard C. Drawson, Robert L. Tompkins, Roger & Bonnie Hull, David Weiss, David Birch, Bill Lucas, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, John & Charlotte Hook, Salem Electric, Kyle Jansson, Mark Hatfield, Michael Carrick, Panther Plus Afterschool Program at Aumsville Elementary School, Ross Sutherland, Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers Hazel Patton, James Hamrick, Virginia Green, Thomas Benton Kay III.

Heritage Education Award:
This award recognizes programs, projects and other endeavors which have provided high quality history-focused educational opportunities to area residents for any age group or a wide range of age groups.

2017: Salem Art Association
2016: Elaine Butler, Philip Foster Farms
2015: Antique Powerland
2014: Stephanie Flora
2013: Friends of Historic Champoeg
2012: The Marion County and Polk County Cemetery Websites
2011: Lee Pelton, Willamette University :
2010: Dr. Sarah L Sterling Portland State University

Other past winners include:
A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, Salem Public Library, Cultural Resources Program of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, Oregon Cultural Trust, Marion County Historical Society, Dick Hohnbaum, Oregon Heritage Commission

Heritage Enterprise Award:
This award recognizes a business enterprise which has made significant long-term contribution to the economy and quality of life of the community.

2018: Fitts Seafood
2017: Court Street Dairy Lunch
2016: Pentacle Theater
2015: Cooke Stationary Company
2014: Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest
2013: Withnell Auto
2012: Oregon State Hospital Replacement Project
2011: the Statesman Journal.
2010: Roger Yost, QA and Crowell Ing LLP

Other past winners include:
Pendleton Woolen Mills, Portland General Electric, Kraft Custom Construction, John Clarke for Pioneer Trust Bank, Salem Electric, Wells Fargo Insurance Service

George Strozut Award for Preservation:
The George Strozut Award of Merit for Preservation was named in honor of a man who served two terms as President of the Marion County Historical Society and advocated for historic preservation for more than forty years. It is awarded in recognition for their many years of advocating for historic preservation.

2017: Mark Fields and Dave Palmquist for Friends of Pioneer Cemetery
2016: Lord and Schryver Conservancy
2015: Kimberli Fitzgerald
2014: Aurora Colony Historical Society
2013: Lee Mission Cemetery
2012: The Lord and Schryver Conservancy
2011: the Friends of Bush Gardens.
2010: Hazel Patton

Other past winners include:
Darlene Strozut, Roger & Bonnie Hull, Evangelyn & Lowell Fleetwood- Canyon Life Museum and North Santiam Historical Society

Heritage Center Service Award:
This award combines the MMM Service Award and MCHS Award of Merit. It recognizes meritorious efforts by individuals, groups or organizations in support of the Heritage Center’s mission and vision.

2013: Western Oregon University, History Department
2012: Dave Van Bossuyt (PGE)
2011: Adele Egan.
2010: Maureen Thomas and Betty and Bill Charnholm

Other past winners include:
Rebuild Jordan Bridge Committee (Stayton), Greg & Kathleen Collins of the Donald Historical Society, William Lucas, Oregon Department of Transportation, Keizer Heritage Foundation, Pioneer Trust Bank, Max Bibby, Adele Egan, KBZY Radio, The Silverton-Appeal-Tribune, Fidelity National Title/Ticor Title Co., Woodburn Public Library, Statesman Journal, Philip Settecase, Ralph Schlegel, Gloria Ferris, Ed and Marianne Heberlein, Bill Mainwaring, Don Bohnstedt, Holly Miles, Margaret Magone Johnson, and Conrad Harold Stieber.

Previous Awards

Distinguished Board Service Award:
This award recognizes the service of Board members and longtime committee members.

2013: Ed Austin
2012: Paul Connolly
2011: William Mainwaring
2010: The Board members and Committee members of both MMM and MCHS particularly during the merger process.

Other past winners include:
MCHS Publication Committee (Adele Egan, Suzanne Stauss, David Weiss and Sybil Westenhouse); Donald Upjohn, Jr., Adele Egan, MCHS Past Presidents, Ted Dethlefs, Bruce Bjorkman, Egon Bodtker, and Coburn Grabenhorst.