National Historic Preservation Month – May 2013


Preservation Month ~ May 2013

“See, Save, Celebrate”


The Office of Historic Preservation, along with many cities across the United States, will again promote National Historic Preservation Month in May 2013.  This year’s theme is “See, Save, Celebrate!”


 “Preservation Month was designed to raise awareness about the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance our homes, neighborhoods and communities – the places that really matter to us. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and towns, and enables all of us to become involved in the growing preservation movement.” For more information visit


Albany has gained quite a reputation as a must see destination for people who love historic buildings. Four districts on the National Register of Historic Places boast over 800 historic homes and commercial buildings, three museums, and two historic churches. Thirteen classic architectural styles are represented in Albany, giving it a reputation as having the most varied collection of historic architecture in the state. Everything from the simplicity of the early federal style to the eclectic and fanciful Queen-Anne style grace the historic community.


Many local events are planned to show-off Albany’s historical attractions, instill community pride, promote heritage tourism and show the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.


In celebration of National Historic Preservation Month,

the following events are being held in the

Albany area throughout May, 2013

May 1

Hidden History Scavenger Hunt Photo Tour available on the Albany Downtown Association (ADA) website, or pick up a hard copy at the ADA office 240 Second Avenue SW #140.  Return entries to the ADA by 5:00pm May 21 to be entered to win a prize. The grand prize winner will be announced at Preservation Awards Presentation May 22nd.


Friday, May 3rd

Upstairs Downtown Loft Tour 4 to 8 p.m. and Wine Walk 5 to 8 p.m. Loft Tour is free. There is a fee for Wine Walk, with over 20 wineries participating. Sponsored by the Albany Rotary Club and the Albany Downtown Association: (541) 928-2469


The Albany Regional Museum will participate in the upstairs tour – come see how they’ve reorganized their collections areas – this day will also serve as the public opening of the Ferguson Collection Exhibit. An extensive private collection of art in woodcarvings by well-known local artist Bob Ferguson. The collection will remain on display during regular museum hours Monday through Friday, 12noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2pm. 136 Lyon Street S., (541) 967-7122


Saturday, May 4th

Old Fashioned Farmers’ Market,  every Saturday, 9a.m. to 1p.m. Purchase hand-picked produce, fresh flowers, baked bread, local eggs/meats and more at Albany’s old fashioned farmers’ market. Saturdays. 4th & Ellsworth, City Hall parking lot.


Linn Genealogical Society presents: “Keepers of the Stones” On-line cemeteries before Memorial Day. by Leslie Lawson 1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave, Albany, Oregon. (541) 791-1618 Free.  

 Monday, May 13th

Historic Downtown Walking Tour of 1st Ave. Meet at Burkhart Square (Lyon and First Ave) 5:30 p.m. Learn about Albany’s historic architecture & history. Co-sponsored by the Albany Downtown Association and the Monteith Historical Society, (541) 928-2469 Free. Donations can be made to the Monteith Historical Society.


Tuesday, May 14th

How to Research Your Historic Building. 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Santiam Rooms Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW. (541) 917-7560. Free.


Historic Downtown Walking Tour of 2nd Ave. Meet at Burkhart Square (Lyon and First Ave) 5:30 p.m. Learn about Albany’s historic architecture & history. Co-sponsored by the Albany Downtown Association and the Monteith Historical Society, (541) 928-2469 Free. Donations can be made to the Monteith Historical Society.


Thursday, May 16th

Hackleman District Walking Tour 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., meet outside Ciddici’s Pizza, 140 5th Ave SE. (541) 917-7560 or Free.


Friday, May 17 – May 31

Albany Civic Theater presents: “Hay Fever” A classic comedy by the highly quotable Noël Coward, Directed by John Carone 111 First Avenue West, Downtown Albany. Performances May 17, 18, 24, 25, 26 (m), 30, 31 In the 1920’s, in the English countryside, the Bliss family lives in a state of artistic, bohemian untidiness, which is made even more chaotic when each of the four members of the family invites a guest for the weekend… without actually getting around to telling anyone else. for more information.


Saturday, May 18th

Big Pick Up – Monteith House Museum Pre-Season Clean-up,

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 518 2nd Ave SW. As part of Albany’s Big Pick Up, the Monteith Society will lead volunteers in some clean up and light maintenance of Albany’s oldest home. (541) 928-0911.


Vintage Music from the 1850s by Out of Compliance & Albany Landmarks Commission preservation info booth during the Old Fashioned Farmers’ Market, 9a.m. to 1p.m. Purchase hand-picked produce, fresh flowers, baked bread, local eggs/meats and more at Albany’s old fashioned farmers’ market. Saturdays. 4th & Ellsworth, City Hall parking lot.


Window Repair Workshop with Chris Gustafson of Vintage Window; 1 to 4:30p.m. This comprehensive class will include how vintage windows work, basic window repair techniques and simple maintenance techniques for homeowners. Begins at 622 Walnut Street SW. Registration requested (541) 791-2277 or Free.


Sunday, May 19th

Linn County Historical Society Presents: Oregon’s Heritage Trees & Markers at 2:00 pm, Annie Von Domitz, Chief Community Assets Officer for the Oregon Travel Experience: Heritage Programs representative will present a program on Oregon’s Heritage Trees & Markers at the Lakeside Center of the Mennonite Village located at 2180 54th Avenue SE in Albany (541) 926-4680. This Linn County Historical Society sponsored program is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, May 21st

Friends of Historic Albany Summit #3 the Albany Regional Museum 136 Lyon St S, Albany. 3rd annual meeting of Albany’s historic organizations, partners, friends and neighbors. Please mark calendar and plan to attend. The topic of this meeting will be Historic Albany, Oregon partnering in outreach opportunities, an Oregon Heritage All Star Community (how can we best utilize this designation), and host of the 2014 Oregon Heritage Conference. Questions? Contact Rebecca Bond (541) 928-0911


Wednesday, May 22nd

Preservation Awards Presentation at the City Council meeting, 7:15 p.m., Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW, (541) 917-7560 or email


Thursday, May 23rd

Pioneer Bedtime Story at Monteith House 6:30 to 7:30p.m. circle around the fireplace and listen to a pioneer tale. Light refreshments will be served following the story and the first 20 children will receive a book to take home sponsored by Daughters of the American Revolution and the Monteith House Museum, 518 2nd Ave SW. Free.


Just outside of Albany…

 Saturday & Sunday, May 4th & 5th

Carriage Me Back to 1918  Sat. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m., Linn County Museum Friends & Moyer House, 101 Park Avenue, Brownsville, (541) 466-3390, $


Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 17th-19th

Annual Linn County Lamb & Wool Fair, Scio Lamb Fairground, Scio, OR (503) 394-3389


Saturday, May 18th 

Boston Mill Society’s Annual Meeting 1-2 p.m. The Boston/Thompson flouring mill east of Shedd is the oldest water-powered mills in Oregon. Ranger Tom Parsons and BMS Board members Larry and Roy Thompson will speak. Tours of the mill and refreshments will be available. Board members and officer elections will be held. If you are interested in the future of this historic site, plan to attend. The Gift shop will be open with T-shirts, sweaters, tote bags, aprons, art cards, and mugs. Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site, 1 1/2 miles east of Shedd, (541) 491-3611 Free.


Saturday & Sunday, May 18th-19th

Civil War Reenactment Presented by the Northwest Civil War Council. Battle reenactments with artillery, infantry and cavalry. Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 4+ acres of living history with reenactors in period clothing and uniforms, campsites. Battles are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Many demonstrations Civil War era Church service on Sunday morning at 9:30am. Admission $5- $8 free for children under 6. Cheadle Lake Park, east of Lebanon to the north of Hwy 20.


Preservation Opportunities Year-round


Tour Historic Districts

Seems Like Old Times, a self-guided walking/driving tour will guide you through three districts on the National Register of Historic Places with over 700 buildings, historic churches and museums. Available online and at the Albany Visitors Association.


Albany Regional Museum

Open Mon. through Fri. 12noon to 4 p.m. Sat. 10am-2pm. A fun collection of Albany memorabilia, photos and artifacts make the museum a must see.

136 Lyon S, Albany.  (541) 967-7122.


Albany’s Historic Carousel and Museum

Open Mon. through Sat., 10am to 4p.m. 503 First West. (541) 791-3340.


Antique & Collectable Shopping

Enjoy shopping antique & collectible shops in Historic Downtown Albany.


Covered Bridge Tour

Step back in time as you travel through the covered bridges of Linn County. Pick up a self-guided driving tour at the Albany Visitors Association.


Downtown Movie Night—Enjoy a movie in the atmosphere of the restored Pix Theater, one of the finest examples of  commercial Queen Anne Architecture in the city of Albany. Open 7 days a week.

Pix Theater, $, 321 2nd SW, (541) 967-SHOW.


Albany Civic Theater

Located in the Historic Regina Frager Auditorium. 111 W. 1st Ave. PO Box 82, Albany, $ (541) 928-4603.


Linn County Genealogical Society

An extensive assortment of historical and genealogical holdings are available for members and the general public in the Albany Public Library. 2450 14th Ave, Albany, Oregon. (541) 791-1618.


The Linn County Historical Museum

is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. 

It is well worth several visits.  It is housed in the relocated railroad depot and railroad cars at

101 Park Avenue in Brownsville. 


For information contact the Albany Visitors Association 

More about: Sunday, May 19th, Linn County Historical Society Presents: Oregon’s Heritage Trees & Markers…


 The Oregon Experience Historical Markers may be placed to commemorate people, places, events, and geological features. Markers are traditionally placed near roadsides with adequate pullouts as an educational feature for motorists traveling on our highways. See oregon-historical-markers.


The goals of the Oregon Experience Heritage Trees program is to recognize Oregon trees of significance, to educate the public about their value, to promote their appreciation and to protect them as part of our state’s heritage. See


Preservation Month 2013: See! Save! Celebrate!


More From: Preservation Nation


Local businesses understand the value of giving old buildings another chance — in addition to helping establish the surrounding community as an economic magnet by engaging residents and drawing in new visitors, reusing historic places adds to the charm and character of the surrounding area.


Here are just a few of the ways you can help:


  • Consider shopping at nearby mom-and-pop stores or farmers’ markets to support your community.
  • Take a walk down the Main Street in your town to get to know the people behind your local businesses.
  •  Check around to see if there are any “Buy Local” campaigns near you – you’ll find other people who are passionate and proud of their locally grown products and stores.


Most of all, local, sustainable, vibrant communities are places where we can go to explore our heritage, learn about our past, and grow a bright future for the next generation.


In other words, preservation starts here.

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