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City's Historic Review Board receives grant

The City of Canby has been awarded a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant through the State Historic Preservation Office. The grant will be administered through the City’s Historic Review Board. The grant cycle is from April 2015 – August 2016. Canby was awarded $9,275 for this granting cycle.

Jamie Stickel, Main Street Manager, said, “It is very exciting to be awarded another Certified Local Government grant. Each piece is so important to the historic preservation of our community. ”

The CLG grant may be awarded for many reasons. The Historic Review Board prioritized the top five projects they were interested in completing with input from the Canby Historical Society president. The Historic Review Board focused on projects that would have the most impact during the current grant cycle. These projects all vary in size and scope.

— The first will focus on completing five Intensive Level Surveys selected from a Reconnaissance Level Survey completed in 2009.

— After reviewing the Intensive Level Surveys from this granting cycle – which will join five additional Intensive Level Surveys completed in August 2014 – the Historic Review Board will work with a property owner and contractor to have a National Register Nomination completed.

— Another aspect of the grant will allow for the design, printing, and distribution of a heritage tour brochure. This will also be uploaded to the City’s website and on a smart device application.

— The Historic Review Board will hold various events to promote the brochure and historic properties, and reach out to the Canby community.

—Lastly, there will be training for Historic Review Board members and staff.

“We hope that all of these pieces allow us to begin to tell Canby’s story to its citizens and visitors.” Stickel said. “Canby has a great story to tell, and we are just beginning to uncover all of the pieces. This could be a great opportunity to increase the impact that heritage tourism has on our businesses.”

Canby City Council President Tim Dale said Oregon City has done really well with putting markers on historic locations, and that he is glad to see this beginning to happen in Canby.

“For me, it provides a nice sense of connecting with the roots of Canby,” Dale said. “Downtown there are some really old structures.”

When asked what Canby locations he would like to see recognized, Dale said he is partial to the masonic temple.

“My great uncle, Frank Dodge, built it,” Dale said. “He built that building and several others in town, as well as one version of the Canby Ferry. And the Graham Building, across the street from The Backstop (Bar and Grill), has a lot of history.”

According to the Oregon Heritage Commission, “Eighty-three percent of the leisure travelers in Oregon say they travel to experience the places, people, activities and things that authentically represent the past and present, including cultural, historic and natural resources. This is higher than the national average of 78 percent… Cultural and heritage travelers in Oregon spend on average $1,618 per trip, nearly 60 percent more than the national average.”

For more information on the Certified Local Government program, please visit: www.oregon.gov/oprd/hcd/SHPO/pages/clg.aspx


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