Deschutes County Heritage Organizations Partner to Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in May

The Deschutes County Historical Society is one of several heritage based organizations who have joined forces for a series of events, programs and workshops that will engage and enlighten audiences all month long.

See! Save! Celebrate! is this year’s national theme, chosen by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

What is historic preservation? Historic preservation means saving the story of us—the communities we cherish, the parks we love, the buildings we admire, the little stories we always share with visitors. From ancient cultures through the growth of our communities among the sagebrush, it is about saving the places, buildings, artifacts, stories and memories that preserve and enhance our story.

National Historic Preservation Month activities are brought to you by the Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commission, the City of Bend Historic Landmarks Commission, the City of Redmond Landmarks Commission, the Deschutes County Historical Society, Sisters Chamber of Commerce, the Tower Theatre Foundation, Deschutes Land Trust, Bend Genealogical Society and Petersen Rock Gardens.

For more information please contact Kelly Cannon-Miller at 541-389-1813.

Ten activities are planned:

May 1, 7:30pm             Charles Phoenix and His BIG Retro Slide Show, Tower Theatre, Tickets $14.00

May 7, 10am                Bend Genealogy Society First Tuesday Help for Beginners, Free (Membership is encouraged for future mentorship.) Williamson Hall at Rock Arbor Villa, 2200 NE Hwy 20

May 11, 12-4pm           Preservation Day at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, $5.00 Admission. Walking Tours and How-To help for researching historic homes

May 14, 3pm                Camp Polk Meadow History Walk, Free.  Camp Polk Meadow, registration required at

May 21, 10am              Bend Genealogical Society Monthly Program, Free. Using Census Records. First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th Street, Bend

May 23, 3pm                Historic Downtown Sisters Interpretive Tour, Free. Sisters Chamber of Commerce, sign up by calling 541.549.0251
May 25-27                   Grand Reopening of the Petersen Rock Gardens. 7930 SW 77th Street, Redmond
May 28, 7pm                Deschutes County Historical Society History Pub. History of Newberry Crater with Dave Stowe. McMenamins Old St. Francis Father Luke Room
May 1-31                     Old Redmond Schoolhouse Interpretive Kiosk. Dry Canyon on Black Butte Ave, Redmond Interpretive display celebrating the Redmond Schoolhouse that is in danger of demolition.
May 1-31                     Jessie Hill School Bell—Solving the Mystery Exhibit. Redmond Public Library, 827 SW Deschutes Avenue

The Des Chutes Historical Museum is located at 129 NW Idaho Ave, between Wall and Bond. Please visit the Des Chutes Historical Museum website at or call 541-389-1813 for more information.

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