Historic Preservation Month celebrates bicycle and brewing heritage activities

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

May is Historic Preservation Month and communities across the nation celebrate the nation's diverse and irreplaceable heritage. Within our communities, the City of Corvallis and Benton County Historic Resource Commissions with PreservationWORKS present a month of “Pedaling Through the Past” heritage activities.

The 2017 “Pedaling Through the Past” theme celebrates bicycles and brewing, and showcases outstanding examples of our shared legacy.

“This year's theme ‘Pedaling Through the Past’ gives all of us the opportunity to explore our outstanding heritage, right here at home, so we can live with it, learn from it and be inspired by it,” said Larry Landis, chair of the Benton County Historic Resources Commission.

This year's program includes several events: 

  • Historic Benton County Geocaching Coin Challenge,
  • South County Bicycle Tour,
  • Missing Middle Housing Tour by bicycle,
  • Corvallis Public Art Tour by bicycle,
  • Fun With Historic Architecture for Children at the Arts Center,
  • Tweed Ride in Albany,
  • and, Vintage Bicycle Show in Albany.

Tours of the Benton County Courthouse, downtown Corvallis, Oregon State University, Independent School, and the College Hill West Historic District are also part of the lineup of events.  Joint programs with the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition's Natural Areas group feature Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Franklin School Neighborhood and Tyee Vineyards. 

Old World Deli will host the Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony on Thurs., May 25, 2017 at 7:00pm where outstanding heritage projects are recognized, and Ted Cox, proprietor, will present the keynote address.

“Historic preservation keeps the places that people care about; sparks renewed community pride; brings new investment, jobs and economic energy to historic commercial areas; conserves cultural landscapes and celebrates the built and natural environments,” observed B.A. Beierle, President of PreservationWORKS.

“We’re very excited about this year’s theme and slate of activities, and we believe our communities will enjoy learning more about our local heritage through bicycling and brewing activities.”

Most events are free and open to the public; some require reservations.  For a complete schedule visit:   www.co.benton.or.us/hrc  or www.corvallisoregon.gov/historic.