Petition for Heritage District

MEDFORD, Ore. — A group of locals is hoping to use county funds to preserve Jackson County’s historical artifacts.

Our Heritage Matters is holding a signature drive on Saturday to form a Jackson County Heritage District. Restoration and preservation of historical resources was cut from the county’s budget in 2007.

The creation of a Heritage District would restore part of that funding, which would support the area’s fifteen local museums and research libraries. Supporters of the heritage district say Jackson County’s history is tied to its economic well-being.

“The real benefit to the community goes beyond the knowledge of the past. History brings people to visit in Jackson County,” said Tam Moore of Our Heritage Matters.

The group says there are over three million historical artifacts in Jackson County. They say they hope to collect 18,000 signatures to get the heritage district on the ballot.