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Reflections on 2013

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We are taking a few days off to spend time with our family and friends. The staff at Restore Oregon reflects on a common theme and grateful for the people of Oregon who stand with us. Your support and historic preservation passion are very much appreciated.

“During this season that is so rich with tradition and nostalgia, I’m reminded of how important our old home town neighborhoods and downtowns are as grounding touch-points in our lives. For me they are inhabited by (mostly happy) ghosts of friends and family now passed, and they connect me to their values, dreams, labors, celebrations, and sacrifices. The authenticity of the stuff of which they’re made and the patina they’ve accumulated are very meaningful to me. In my work with Restore Oregon, perhaps the greatest joy comes from meeting so many people around the state who share that sense of meaningfulness. From John Day to Bend to Eagle Point to Coos Bay to McMinnville to Oregon City, we’ve sat down with hundreds of people over this past year to preserve and pass forward places that matter. Such a blessing!” —- Peggy Moretti, Executive Director

“2013 has been such a busy year. At work I had the opportunity to build the new website and at home my Hubby’s been stripping the paint off our 106 year old woodwork upstairs. I love the mix of the old with the new, our modern lives and our old house, the virtual and the tactile, we need a bit of both. I wouldn’t want to be without our picture rail (so easy to re-arrange artwork!) or streaming Netflix (immediate gratification!), the fireplace on a winter night or the ability to Google all my questions. We shouldn’t feel we have to reject the past in order to move forward or give up the new in order to honor the past. Old and new work well together because they are the ingredients of now and how we combine them is the recipe for tomorrow.” —- Denise Bartelt, Web Media Office Manager

“2013 was a year marked by people. I am thankful for people like Marylou Colver who pour every ounce of energy—and then some—into trying to save the oldest house in town; people like Paul Falsetto and Jessica Engeman who will work tirelessly on pro bono projects to save historic downtown buildings; people like MJ Koreiva who can tell me, on the fly, where Mount Vernon is and which barn I absolutely must see when I go there; and people like Cathy Bellavita who have written fantastic articles for our Newsroom. And how can I not be thankful for someone like Judson Parsons? Jud owns Medford’s Hillcrest Farm—an oasis of authenticity in rapidly sprawling Medford—and has been a diligent member of our Heritage Barns Taskforce for the past two years. Jud is the kind of person who, when alerted to a threatened barn in the middle of nowhere, will mail us a package of Kodak photos and a hand-written description the very next week. And, finally, there are those Restore Oregon members across Oregon who are always willing to sit down over breakfast or beer to strategize how we can save the world with our old buildings. Richard De Wolf, Barbara Sidway, Sarah MacDonald, Karla Pearlstein, Tim Askin, Kelly Cannon-Miller, I’m thinking of you! And, more so, I’m thinking of the long list of people I want to meet with at Full City, Prodigal Son, and Blue Scorcher in 2014 to help us better support the revitalization of our historic downtowns.

Preservation is about people, and the strength of Oregon’s preservation movement is only as strong as the passion and dedication of those people around our state who care about authenticity and sense of place. Those people are who I am thankful for as 2013 comes to a close.” —- Brandon Spencer-Hartle, Field Program Manager

“We are all citizens of this very diverse State of Oregon and share a common respect that spans from Main Street to mountain top. Collectively we own this state and it is imperative the places that are the web of our history are honored for a future perspective. That is what brought me to Restore Oregon and I am pleased that so many people believe in what we are doing and willing to support us working on your behalf. Please assist us in our mission.” —- Tom Atiyeh, Chief Development Officer

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