[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2008-12-24

Heritage Info Heritage.Info at state.or.us
Wed Dec 24 08:24:55 PST 2008

In this issue:
1.  Cottages added to National Register
2.  Newspapers endorse Cultural Trust
3.  NEH offers grants for humanities work
4.  Independence museum to host Chautauqua speaker


The State Historic Preservation Office has announced the Bohnsen
Cottages in Portland are Oregon's latest entry in the National Register
of Historic Places. 

Located in the Portland Heights neighborhood, the Bohnsen Cottages were
listed  for their association with the development of multi-family
housing in residential
neighborhoods in Portland during the 1920s. Constructed in 1926 as
rental properties, the five, 550-square foot, single-family detached
cottages were designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style with
below-grade automobile garages. Although small in plan, the cottages
feature many design elements that appealed to the tastes of the
middle-class during a time of domestic architectural experimentation,
such as unique addresses, separate entries, and individual garages and

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended
the buildings' listing in July 2008. More than 500 historic Portland
properties are now listed in the National Register,which is maintained
by the National Park Service under the authority of the National
Historic Preservation Act of 1966. 

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings
is online at http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/index.shtml      


The East Oregonian, The Medford Mail Tribune, The Oregonian and The
Daily Astorian are among the newspapers recently endorsing the Oregon
Cultural Trust.

The Oregon Cultural Trust is a statewide cultural plan to raise
significant new funds to invest in Oregon's arts, humanities and
heritage. Funds will be distributed to local communities to support
their cultural priorities, through competitive grants for projects of
regional and statewide significance, and through grants to Oregon's
statewide cultural agencies to support their ongoing efforts. 

Donors must first give to any cultural nonprofit - in any amount.  They
can then make a matching gift to the Cultural Trust and claim a 100
percent tax credit, up to $500 for individuals, $1,000 for couples
filing jointly and $2,500 for Oregon corporations.

A donation can be mailed to the Cultural Trust, 775 Summer St. NE,
Salem, OR 97301-1280, made online via the Trust's secure website,
www.culturaltrust.org, or by calling the Trust staff at (503)
986-0088. Gifts of stock must be made by contacting Shannon Planchon,
(503) 229-6062 or shannon.planchon at state.or.us 

The Cultural Trust is one of the non-profits participating in
Willamette Week's Give Guide, so donors may also contribute through the
Give Guide, http://giveguide.oaktree.com/ 


The National Endowment for the Humanities invites applications to plan
or support museum exhibitions, library projects, interpretation of
historic places, and other project formats that engage audiences in
exploring humanities issues.

America*s Historical and Cultural Organizations grants support
traveling or long-term museum exhibitions, library-based projects,
interpretation of historic places or areas, interpretive web sites, or
other project formats that creatively engage audiences in exploring
humanities ideas and questions. Planning grants can be used to plan,
refine, and develop the content and interpretive approach of a project.
Applicants should have already begun consulting with scholars to help
shape the humanities content of the project, and with other programming
advisers appropriate to the project*s format.

Applications for panel exhibitions are accepted only from organizations
other than museums, such as libraries or library systems. Panel
exhibitions must travel beyond a single site and must also incorporate
at least one other program format. Applications that make innovative use
of emerging technologies are encouraged. Projects should do more than
simply provide a digital archive of material. They should offer new ways
of contextualizing and interpreting information that engages public
audiences interactively in exploring humanities ideas and questions. 

The application deadline is Jan. 28. The offers are typically $40,000
for one-year planning grants; as much as $400,000 for implementation
grants over three years.

For more information contact the NEH*s Division of Public Programs,
(202) 606-8269 or visit


Erlinda Gonzales-Berry*s Chautauqua program "Sojourners, Settlers,
and New Immigrants: Mexicanos in Oregon" will be presented at 1:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 at the Heritage Museum, 112 S. 3rd St., Independence. 

Gonzales-Berry will explore the 75-year history of migration and
settlement of Mexicans in Oregon, high-lighting their sustained
practices of community building, struggles for integration, and
contributions to the cultural and economic landscape of the state.
Gonzales-Berry draws on her own extensive fieldwork, newspaper articles,
archival photographs, and agency reports to provide a rich portrait of a
vibrant community. She calls attention to the relation between
globalization and current patterns of worldwide migration.

The Chautauqua program is supported by the Oregon Council for the
Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission,
which can be contacted at heritage.info at state.or.us 

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