A big celebration, an archivist and an energy-efficient home in Astoria are 2012 recipients of the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards.

In fact, the North Coast earned three of the seven awards given this year.

The Astoria Bicentennial Celebration, Liisa Penner of the Clatsop County Historical Society and the Owens-Adair home by the Clatsop County Housing Authority will be recognized during an awards dinner and presentation at 7 p.m. April 27 at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill.

“The award recipients represent the diversity of efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage,” said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. “They also serve as models for others for how to make the most out of available resources.”

The Astoria Bicentennial Celebration was noted because of its year-long success marking Astoria’s 200 years of history and heritage.

Penner is praised for her efforts in preserving, promoting and disseminating the history of Clatsop County and fostering an appreciation for local history.

And the Clatsop County Housing Authority was awarded for its excellent work in making the Owens-Adair building safer and more energy efficient while retaining the building's historic character.

Penner said she was nominated by Maria Brooks, a filmmaker who recently moved to the area, on the Washington side. “She suggested it and I didn’t think it was very likely,” Penner said. “It surprised me.”

The Bicentennial Celebration was led by Paulette McCoy and Mac Burns. The celebration has also just received the Oregon Heritage Tourism Award, presented at the 2012 Governor's Conference on Tourism in Portland.

“I’m very pleased that once again, the Bicentennial got the recognition for the huge team effort,” Burns said. “It had a wonderful impact on the community and what a great year it was.”

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which includes the Oregon Heritage Commission. This year's awards are being presented in conjunction with the join Oregon Heritage Conference/Northwest Archivists Annual Meeting.

The awards ceremony is open to the public.

Tickets for the awards presentation are available by registering online at the conference registration website http://northwestarchivistsinc.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1232289. For more information, contact Cara Kaser at cara.kaser@state.or.us or (503) 986-0670.

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