2020-21 nominations have closed. Stay tuned for news about this year's winners and look for next year's nominations opening in the winter. 
Spearheaded by the Museum Advisory Council, the Oregon Stewardship Award recognizes an environmental or cultural heritage project that involves the community and aligns with the museum's mission to inspire stewardship of our past, present, and future. The $1000 award includes recognition of the project and its organizer(s) in the Oregon Heroes section of our Explore Oregon exhibit. 
This year, thanks to generous gifts from museum supporters Jill Gelineau and Stu Garrett, the museum will offer two awards. In light of the recent gifts, the museum has extended the nomination deadline to Friday, March 19. The nomination form is easy to complete and is available online
Oregon individuals, community groups, nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, and higher education institutions are all eligible nominees, as are national and regional organizations with offices or affiliates in Oregon. Eligible projects are Oregon-based and relate directly to Oregon’s environment or cultural heritage.
To be considered, projects must have meaningful community impact and be ongoing or completed during the 2020 calendar year.
The museum invites groups and individuals to self-nominate. Nominations will also be accepted from third parties wishing to recognize group or individual stewardship of Oregon’s environment or cultural heritage.
“Every day, the museum’s stewardship mission brings us into contact with Oregon heroes — people who are doing amazing work to protect and preserve our ecosystems, landscapes, and cultures,” said Jon Erlandson, the museum’s executive director. “The Oregon Stewardship Award helps shine well-deserved light on that work.
2021 awardees will be announced in May.

Submit your nomination


FRIENDSHIPS SAY NO TO JIM CROW, C. 1937. Ona Hug Collection, gifted by son, Chuck Bertleson2020
Last year, the museum honored the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center and its founder, Gwendolyn Trice, for Timber Culture, a traveling exhibit that tells an inclusive story of Oregon's multicultural logging industry and the communities that developed around it. Read more
Sara Barton at the Four Rivers Cultural Center2019
The 2019 award recognized Eastern Oregon’s Four Rivers Cultural Center for its Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival, a daylong public celebration of traditional arts and artists in eastern Oregon. Read more
Marshfield HS students tending the pioneer cemetery

The first annual award honored work by Marshfield High School students, educators, and community partners to steward the Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery, the region’s primary burial ground from 1888 through 1920. Read more


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