Get the skills you need to care for your stuff.

It’s tough caring for your collections when you feel you don’t have the right tools. That’s where the Oregon Heritage MentorCorps and this website can help.

The MentorCorps is a trained group of volunteers with professional experience in collections care and emergency management. Its members are ready to help your organization get the training and tools it needs to get the job done.

Oh, and it’s completely free.

Get a Mentor

We can pair your organization with a Mentor who can provide consultation and training for your staff and volunteers to build key skills to preserve museum, library or archival collections. Our Mentors are trained to help organizations in:

  • Assessing collections needs

  • Collections care basics

  • Photographic care

  • Textile care

  • Audio collections care

  • Planning for collections care grants

  • Planning for emergencies and disasters

  • Responding to emergencies and disasters

To get a Mentor, send an email to heritage.mentorcorps@oregon.gov or call (503) 986-0671. Be sure to include your name, the name of your organization, and what kind of help you’d like to have. We’ll review your information and connect you with a Mentor from your region.

Meet the MentorCorps

Our Mentors are librarians, curators, graduate students, retired museum directors and everything in-between. They are professionals trained in collections care, emergency management and response, and adult learning techniques. Our Mentors come from all regions of Oregon and understand the unique needs of collections care in our state.

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The Oregon Heritage MentorCorps is a project of the Oregon Heritage Commission, a part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, working in partnership with the Oregon Library Association, Northwest Archivists, Oregon Museums Association, Oregon State Archives, Oregon State Library, Oregon Historical Society and Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. The MentorCorps is funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Get more info at www.oregonheritage.org

  1. great work and awesome idea!

  2. jackie morris

    I need help preserving the Historic Burnett Cemetery outside of Myrtle Creek Oregon in Douglas County-my parents owned surrounding property for many yrs -we sold in 1999-the new owner is hostile-need help with survery-maps Douglas County has lost maps also needs fencing the whole 1.5 left from the 1800-we cant even clean there because she is so hostile-any suggestions???

    • I would encourage you to contact Kuri Gill, the coordinator of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. She has worked with dozens of individuals and organizations seeking access to historic cemetery sites. She can be contacted at 503-986-0685 or kur.gill@oregon.gov

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