Friends of the Library president has a passion for LO history and culture

NILANDNancy Niland, the president of the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library and a longtime volunteer at the Lakewood Center, has been named executive director of the Oswego Heritage Council.

Niland replaces Katie Henry, who resigned in April after 18 months with the council to take a job with the state’s Historic Preservation Office. Niland’s appointment was announced last week during Henry’s going-away party at the Oswego Heritage House.

“Oswego Heritage Council is delighted to have Nancy join our team,” OHC Board President Candee Jones said. “She brings enthusiasm for Lake Oswego and its history, as well as the skills needed to enhance Oswego Heritage Council’s mission of assuring and promoting the history and culture of Lake Oswego.”

Niland has been at the forefront of promoting culture and education in Lake Oswego for years. In her role with the Friends of the Library and as chair of the Lake Oswego Library Advisory Board, for example, she has played a key role in producing the popular Lake Oswego Reads program.

“I’ve made so many wonderful connections,” Niland said. “I think we can all work together to cross-promote each other.”

A resident of Lake Oswego since 2005 and the mother of two sons who attend Lakeridge High School, Niland earned her bachelor’s in English literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has a professional background in operations and retail management, and said she learned about her new role just days before it was announced.

“The board worked really quickly,” she said, “so I’m so grateful for the two days I spent with Katie. The Oswego Heritage Council is one of the three pillars of cultural involvement in Lake Oswego. It’s an amazing opportunity and honor to be their new executive director.”

Niland said she already has set some goals for herself. She is especially avid about bringing a permanent Lake Oswego history exhibit to the Oswego Heritage House, something she believes will be a great attraction for families. She also wants to team up for “many more” projects with Lake Oswego Reads.

“This is an amazing town with an amazing history,” Niland said. “I’m really proud of it.”

Jones said she expects Niland to have great success as executive director.

“We are excited to see how Nancy weaves her many talents into serving our OHC mission and our wonderful community,” Jones said.

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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