[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2007-11-15
Heritage.Info at state.or.us
Thu Nov 15 15:05:50 PST 2007
In this issue:
1. Heritage Area public workshops Dec. 3-8
2. State Library celebrates documents centennial
3. Historic Cemeteries grants for 2007 awarded
4. NPS announces preservation law publication
HERITAGE AREA PUBLIC WORKSHOPS DEC. 3-8
The Columbia-Pacific National Heritage Area Study and Environmental
Analysis is now underway and the first round of public input workshops
has been scheduled for Dec. 3 - 8. *Public input is a critical
element of the heritage area study,* explained Gayle Borchard,
Destination: The Pacific (DTP) board member and chair of the Heritage
Study Committee. *We are excited to launch this phase
of the study and believe people will enjoy the process as we evaluate
the themes, the proposed boundary, and community assets.*
Workshops are taking place in 10 different communities throughout
Clatsop County, Oregon, and Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties in
Washington. During the workshops participants will learn about the
Columbia-Pacific National Heritage Area efforts and be asked to provide
input and comments about the proposed themes and boundary. Participants
will also be asked to identify important historical, cultural,
recreational and natural resource assets within each community. An
environmental analysis is being prepared under the guidelines of the
National Environmental Policy Act and the National
Park Service. Interested individuals may attend a workshop located in
their community or any other workshop that fits their schedule. For a
detailed schedule of workshops visit www.columbiapacificheritage.com or
call (503) 861-4403 for an information flyer.
This Heritage Area, which may be the first on the west coast, would
benefit communities from Cannon Beach in Oregon to South Bend and
Raymond in Washington and east to Skamokawa and Cathlamet in Wahkiakum
County and Westport in Clatsop County.
The study is expected to take up to two years to conduct and will
include an extensive public input process. Total cost of the study is
estimated at $275,000. Contributions are still needed to complete the
study. More than $30,000 in local funding has been secured to get the
study started now.For more information about these efforts visit
www.DestinationThePacific.com or call Destination: The Pacific at
(503) 861-4403 or write DTP, P.O. Box 2005, Astoria, OR, 97103.
STATE LIBRARY CELEBRATES DOCUMENTS CENTENNIAL
The State Library is celebrating the centennial of the Oregon Documents
Depository Program with an online exhibit at
The Depository Programs, which began in 1907, requires state agencies
to supply the Library with copies of all of their publications. The
State Library keeps two copies of each document in its collection, and
distributes the others to Oregon libraries designated as its
depositories. Even in the 21st century, having a copy of a large report
at a local library may be the most convenient way for citizens to access
important information. In the early 20th century, it was likely the
only way to access that information.
Last year, the State Library expanded the program to include
*born-digital* state documents. "It doesn't matter if state
publications are printed on paper or just posted on an agency website --
it's just as important today as it was 100 years ago to preserve the
history of state government," says State Librarian Jim Scheppke.
The web exhibit includes two collections of digitized documents.
"Documents That Changed Oregon" highlights eight important issues in
Oregon politics in the last 100 years, and features documents important
to those issues. In the century between 1907 and 2007, Oregon took the
lead in a number of important governmental issues, including initiative
and referendum, public beaches, land use planning, and litter reduction.
"Fun Stuff" celebrates the unusual and quirky items in Library*s
Oregon Documents collection. It includes tests for a 1930 eighth-grade
diploma, a 1937 pamphlet about teenage drivers, an extremely hand-done
brochure about rabies from 1961, and a 1913 German-language publication
encouraging German immigration to Oregon.
HISTORIC CEMETERIES GRANTS FOR 2007 AWARDED
Financial aid ranging from $520 for a Port Orford burial marker to
nearly $5,800 for youth job training are among the latest grants
released by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to help
preserve and interpret historic cemeteries.
The department*s 2007 Historic Cemeteries Program grants will spread
$75,000 in state lottery dollars among 35 projects throughout the state.
The round*s largest grant will provide $5,789 to the Corvallis
Community Services Consortium for youth job training projects aimed at
removing invasive species, installing signs and repairing cemetery roads
in the Wren, Pleasant Valley and Locke cemeteries in Benton County. The
smallest award will fund a new Tichenor family cemetery marker in Port
Orford. Captain William Tichenor founded the Port Orford townsite in
Projects in other areas of the state include training for volunteer
marker cleaning and repair, research to locate burial sites, fence
repairs, interpretive signing and a walking tour brochure.
*The projects demonstrate the variety of ways people are helping
preserve historic cemeteries in their communities,* said Kuri Gill,
OPRD*s Historic Cemeteries Program coordinator. *We*re especially
pleased with the number of projects proposed by first-time
OPRD has awarded $175, 000 in historic cemetery grants since 2004,
helping fund 116 projects. Proposed projects are approved by the Oregon
Commission on Historic Cemeteries. ###
NPS ANNOUNCES PRESERVATION LAW PUBLICATION
The National Park Service has published on the web "Law and the
Historic Preservation Commission: What Every Member Needs to Know".
The publication is the most recent in the Cultural Resources Partnership
Notes series. The series includes short essays on historic preservation
planning, land use topics, and preservation strategies for federal
agencies, tribes, states, and local governments. The series is
available at www.nps.gov/history/hps/pad/partnership/index.htm.
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