By David Porter
To follow up on my earlier post, I wanted to note that the Oregon Heritage Commission, a state chartered entity which oversees grant programs and other similar activities, heard testimony about the challenging state of affairs among heritage groups across the state at a meeting early this summer.
Under the leadership of Chairman George Kramer, the Commission pledged to charter an investigation of the situation and to use its standing to make recommendations to the Legislature early in 2010.
The starvation budget which Oregon's government is operating under, combined with the continuing economic gloom, will make their work more challenging. Importantly, the idea of engaging in global scrutiny of the situation and looking for broad solutions is a first.
It may well set the stage for a stronger fabric to support heritage museums and related institutions in the future.