Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission

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Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission
Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission logo.jpg
TypeNon-profit organization
Legal status501(c)(3)
FocusLiterary and cultural history
Area served
MethodPublications and public events
Key people
David Milholland (president)

The Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission (OCHC) is a non-profit organization based in the U.S. state of Oregon. The commission was formed in 1988 in order to discover and commemorate important literary and cultural contributions to Oregon's history. The group does this through publications and other media, memorials, and public events.


The Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission was founded in 1988 by Brian Booth and David Milholland. In July 1990, Portland mayor Bud Clark gave the group a boost by announcing the commission in a formal declaration.[1][2] The organization was granted non-profit status in 1993.

The commission's first project was announced in October 1990. The project raised money for a statue dedicated to poet and journalist, John Reed, to be erected in Portland.[2]

In 1998, three volunteers from the commission went to Paris to find the grave of former Portland resident Louise Bryant, which they discovered was crumbling, undated, and scheduled for removal. Through the commission's efforts as well as donations, including some from relatives of Bryant and her last husband, William Christian Bullitt, Jr., the grave was restored.[3]

Among the projects the group has helped sponsor is The Oregon Encyclopedia.[4]

The 100 Oregon Books[edit]

In 2005, OCHC compiled "The 100 Oregon Books", a list of books published between 1800 and 2000 that exemplify Oregon's literary heritage. The list was created as part of the centennial celebration of the Oregon State Library.[5][6]


  1. ^ Lamberson, Carolyn, "New Panel Plans Statue Dedicated to Journalist, Poet John Reed", Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, 25 October 1990, p. D2.(subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Duin, Steve, "Brian Booth wrote a place for himself in state history", Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, 8 March 2012.(subscription required)
  3. ^ Allen, Penny (October 15, 1999). "Rehabilitating a Memory From a Forgotten Grave". The New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "About Us", The Oregon Encyclopedia, Oregon Historical Society, Portland, Oregon, accessed 23 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Oregon Lit: 200 Years, 100 Books", Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, 20 February 2005, p. D7.
  6. ^ "One Hundred Books, 1800–2000", Literary Oregon, Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, Portland, Oregon, accessed 10 October 2016.

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