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.
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.
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.