SALEM - Oregon's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is accepting applications for the Elisabeth Walton Potter Award, intended this year to provide financial aid for special training as well as for attendance at preservation workshops and conferences nationwide.

For 2004, SHPO has created two categories for the award, which was established in 2001 to help individuals involved with preservation efforts in Oregon cover expenses associated with attending historic preservation-related conferences.

Qualifiers in one of the categories will receive assistance to attend the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual leadership training session June 5-12 in Astoria. Three awards of up to $800 each are available to help successful applicants attend the intensive one-week training, co-sponsored this year by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (ORPD). Applications for the awards must be received no later than March 26.

Roger Roper, historic preservation manager with SHPO, said that priority for awarding the special training aid would be given to staff and board/commission members of local or statewide historic preservation organizations, especially a representative of a Certified Local Government (CLG). A CLG is a municipality having a local preservation ordinance that meets certain standards.

The other Potter Award category - offering two grants of up to $1,250 each - is limited to non-professionals who have demonstrated a significant interest in the area of historic preservation. Qualifiers can apply for financial aid to attend eligible historic preservation and heritage-related workshops and conferences of their choosing that will occur between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005. The application deadline in this category is May 14.

Recipients of Potter awards during past three years are not eligible to apply for the 2004 grants in either category.

The Elisabeth Walton Potter Award honors a former state historic preservation official who retired from OPRD in 1998 following more than 30 years of service. For many years, Potter served as program coordinator for Oregon's National Register of Historic Places nominating process.

Complete information about eligibility and how to apply is available from David Bogan of SHPO at (503) 986-0671 or david.bogan@state.or.us.

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