Our Commitment to Rural Oregon
While the field of historic preservation has evolved in recent years to recognize many forms of heritage — built, natural, cultural, tangible, and intangible — such advances have been insufficient.
As Oregon’s only statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization, we are committed to preserving the urban, suburban, and rural cultural resources that embody Oregon’s history in all its complexity from multiple time periods and perspectives.
When we focus efforts on rural historic preservation, we protect reminders of our shared past in direct and impactful ways. As a result, we can connect Oregonians of all ages, economic levels, cultural backgrounds, and gender identities with the places that tell the multifaceted story of our state.
About 65% of our incoming inquiries are for support and assistance from rural communities. To better address these specific questions, concerns, and needs, we’ve created a place for rural communities to learn about and gain support for historic preservation needs.
Below, you will find information and tools to address the most frequently asked questions about how to plan for, preserve, protect, and reuse rural historic resources in Oregon.
Resources to Address Rural Needs
Have a preservation question but are not sure where to begin? Start with our most frequently asked questions for rural resources.
Planning for Historic Resources
Has your community planned for its historic places? Download our helpful Historic Resources Inventory Planning Guide to get started.
Every community has beloved small businesses on their main streets and beyond. Learn more about preserving and supporting them.
Not sure where to begin with restoring or rehabilitating a historic place? Learn best practices from the National Park Service’s series of bulletins.
Other Rural Services
We acknowledge that rural communities have crucial life safety, health, and resource-access priorities that must come before historic preservation projects. Use this section to explore programs, grants, and initiatives that support rural housing, utilities, businesses, and more.
Restore Oregon’s mission is to empower Oregonians to reimagine and transform their communities through preservation and reuse of historic and cultural places. By investing time and resources in understanding the needs of Oregon’s rural communities, we can reframe what preservation means in rural Oregon and make a greater impact by creating and implementing innovative new tools and processes that can help solve rural challenges.