Charles Philpot, board president of Antique Powerland Museum Association, will receive an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award at the Oregon Heritage Conference on April 24.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, businesses and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon heritage and raise the quality of heritage-oriented activities.

A reception at Antique Powerland will be held on May 3 at 10 a.m. Guests are asked to RSVP by calling 503-393-2424.

Antique Powerland is a campus of 12 heritage power museums near Brooks. Since becoming active at Antique Powerland in 1995, Charlie Philpot has been an exceptional leader, manager and volunteer in moving the museum forward. Then a fledging site of six venues and two organizations, today Powerland is an exciting, active complex of fifteen heritage partners and museums.

Philpot’s contributions are multi-dimensional. He prepared the appropriate documents to establish the non-profit Antique Powerland Museum Association (APMA). He negotiated the contract to manage the site, he dealt with outstanding tax deferred issues, initiated strategic planning and partner agreements, developed a museum plan while planning for partner museum growth.

Philpot also provided assistance in preparation of non-profit submissions, funding requests, permitting documents, and design development. He wrote site policies which included collections, heritage design standards, site use guidelines, partner leases, and issue resolution guidelines.

“Charlie has had the ability to help guide Antique Powerland from a two weekend farm display into an all year Heritage Campus with multiple components,” said Scott johnson, a volunteer at the museum.

“Every one of these components has a special connection to Oregon Heritage. At the same time he manages to keep focus on an even bigger vision,” Johnson said. “This vision is critical to APMA's future as a national recognized organization.”

During all of this time, he continued functioning as the dedicated volunteer, working on building projects extending from design, general contract management, to carpentry and fabrication.

“Charlie remains dedicated by contributing hundreds of volunteer hours a year which is much appreciated from all involved.,” Johnson said. “One thing very important for a person in his role to listen and be fair. He does both of these very well.”

The mission of Antique Powerland Museum Association is to educate the public about the history and operation of machines and the role they played in modern technology and the quality of life.

Antique Powerland, which opened in 1970, was originally established by a group of enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation, restoration and operation of steam powered equipment, antique farm machinery and implements. Today, it encompasses an impressive collection of museums dedicated to preserving Oregon’s rich agricultural heritage.

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