Good news… and more good news…

We are excited to report that the Eastern Oregon University Foundation has recently been awarded an $8,000 grant from the Kinsman Foundation and a $5,000 grant from The National Trust for Historic Preservation to be used in efforts to save and restore the Grand Staircase.

In combination with the seed grant already received from Restore Oregon, these funds will go toward hiring an architect and civil and structural engineers to determine what has caused the deterioration of the staircase, what needs to be done to address the problems and restore the staircase, and an estimate of the cost to do so. This work will start in the near future and is scheduled to be completed by late fall. These are critical next steps and set the stage for pursuing additional funding. Stay tuned!


To read more about the staircase and why it needs saving go to our About page here.

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