[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2008-08-26

Heritage Info Heritage.Info at state.or.us
Tue Aug 26 15:23:43 PDT 2008

In this issue:
1.  Bumper crop of farming history this weekend
2.  September open house dates announced
3.  Sesquicentennial stamp expected in January
4. Interim director sought in Washington County


Farming history activities will take place this weekend in Oregon City,
Portland, Champoeg, and Salem.

Oregon City:  Zeus and Hercules, the only working oxen pair in the
Northwest, will be at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center,
1726 Washington St., Oregon City, from Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Various
interpretive and training demonstrations will also be offered. The event
is supported in part by a grant from the Clackamas County Cultural
Coalition. For more information, contact  503.657.9336 x124 or visit

Salem:  The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program will celebrate its
50th anniversary by inducting the newest qualifying farms and ranches in
a ceremony at the Oregon State Fair.  The ceremony is scheduled for 3
p.m. Aug. 30 in the Jackman-Long Building. Six farms from five different
counties will be honored, bringing the
total number of Oregon Century Farms and Ranches to 1,082.  The farm
families  being acknowledged -- all of whom have farmed the same land
for at least 100 years -- are:  Sydney Blaine family (Avalon Orchards),
Hood River County; Marjorie and Lloyd Campbell family,Clackamas County;
Judson M. Parsons and family, Cogswell Ltd. Partnership Hillcrest Corp.,
Jackson County; Walter Hafner family, Marion County; Leland Hellberg
family, Umatilla County; and Ernest Peter family, Clackamas County. The
Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and
ranch families with century-long connections to the land. 

Champoeg:  Children and their families will participate in 19th century
farm activities when Friends of Historic Champoeg presents the eighth
annual celebration of Pioneer Farmstead Day from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 30 at the
Champoeg State Heritage Area. Pioneer Farmstead Day combines guided
tours of a 1860s kitchen garden and an original wheat threshing barn,
with demonstrations, hands-on activities and old time music throughout
the Visitor Center and Farmstead area. Costumed interpreters will
demonstrate early farmstead crafts and skills, including woodcraft,
butter churning, quilting, and wool and flax spinning. Children can help
with chores, play 19th century games and make simple toys. For more
information please call Kim at 503-678-1649,  kim at champoeg.org. or

Portland: The exhibit "Voices of American Farm Women" will open Sept. 2
at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park. Through 30
black-and-white photographs and oral histories, "Voices of American Farm
Women" presents a contemporary perspective on women and their
relationship to the land. The exhibit continues until Oct. 5.


September open houses for properties in the National Register of
Historic Places are scheduled in Tualatin, Astoria, Bend, Roseburg, John
Day, Ashland, Medford, Union Creek, Cottage Grove, Albany, Aurora,
Salem, Portland, Enterprise, Mosier, and Forest Grove.
The month*s schedule features 33 houses and buildings, including a
farm in Tualatin, two forest cabins in Union Creek Historic District in
Jackson County, and an array of commercial buildings, apartments, and
homes in various locations throughout the state. Owners receive tax
relief under the state's special assessment program, which freezes a
property's assessed value for 15 years.  A complete schedule of the open
houses is at  http://egov.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/news_openhouses.shtml


Stamp collectors and Oregon enthusiasts will soon have a new item to add to their albums. Oregon 150,
the nonprofit organization behind Oregon*s sesquicentennial celebration, along with the State of Oregon and the United States Postal Service,
 unveiled the new stamp design at the state capitol.
 *We are proud to have this stamp represent our state. It truly captures the beauty of Oregon,* said Governor Ted Kulongoski. *The stamp shows the landscape Oregon is renowned for, and is an Oregon sesquicentennial treasure that families can pass down to their children for years to come.*
The stamp, which depicts an Oregon coastline, was created by Oregon artist Greg Manchess, whose art has been featured on covers for Time, National Geographic, Atlantic Monthly, and the Major League Baseball World Series program. He has also created spreads for Omni, Newsweek, National Geographic, Smithsonian and countless advertising campaigns and book covers.
 *I am honored to design such a commemorative part of Oregon*s history,* said Manchess.
" My goal with the stamp was to reach beyond the well-known Oregon landmarks and depict a scene that would resonate with all Oregonians.*


The Washington County Historical Society and Museum is looking to hire
a part-time interim executive director. The Interim Executive Director
will provide leadership, management and coordination of the fundraising
and operational strategies.  He or she will supervise staff and
contractors responsible for exhibits, education, events,
collections, record archiving, membership recruitment and
marketing/communication. Complete information is available at
Submit cover letter, resume and letters of recommendation to: Gary
Imbrie, email: gary.imbrie at svn.com 
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