[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2008-12-29

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Mon Dec 29 12:44:05 PST 2008

In this issue:
1.  Inauguration sermons, orations to be collected
2.  Workshops scheduled in Portland, Boise.
3.  Aurora Colony launches new website
4. Facility summit to review policies, opportunities

On Jan. 20, the United States will inaugurate Barack Obama, the
country*s first African American president. In anticipation of
citizens* efforts to mark this historic time, the American Folklife
Center will be collecting audio and video recordings of sermons and
orations that comment on the significance of the inauguration of 2009.
It is expected that such sermons and orations will be delivered at
churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship, as well as
before humanist congregations and other secular gatherings. The American
Folklife Center is seeking a wide representation of orations. 
Congregations and groups interested in contributing to this documentary
project are asked to record sermons and orations delivered during
Inauguration Week 2009 and donate them to the Library of Congress. The
donated recordings will be preserved at the American Folklife Center in
order to enhance the nation*s historical record and preserve the
voices of religious leaders and other orators for researchers and
scholars of the future. After being processed by archivists, the
collection will be made available to scholars, students and the general
public. In addition, copies of collected materials may also be deposited
at the National Museum of African American History & Culture at the
Smithsonian Institution. 

For more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/folklife/inaugural/ or
call the American Folklife Center at (202) 707-5510 between 5:30 a.m.
and 2 p.m., Monday to Friday Pacific Standard Time.

The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural
institution, providing collections and integrated resources to Congress
and the American people. Many of the Library*s resources may also be
accessed through the library*s Web site www.loc.gov and via
interactive exhibitions on a new, personalized Web site at myLOC.gov. 


The American Association for State and Local History will have a
workshop on exhibits in Portland and on digital collections in Boise
this spring.

The Portland workshop will be May 14-15 at the Oregon Historical
Society and be taught by Alice Parman and Alan Ransenberg. This workshop
is intended for museum staff and volunteers who want to create more
engaging and effective exhibits. It's also an opportunity for managers
and board members to gain insight into the processes of exhibit
development and design. A supportive, team-based environment will build
skills, confidence, and a network of colleagues. 

The purpose of the Boise is to introduce archivists, curators,
librarians and other staff from cultural heritage institutions to the
range of issues associated with digitization of primary source
materials. This workshop provides an overview of key issues such as
selection of materials, physical preservation, considerations for
digital imaging, metadata and the resources required for responsible
sustainability of digital collections. It will take place June 3-5 at
the Idaho State Historical Society.

For more information about both workshops, visit


The Aurora Colony Historical Society and Old Aurora Colony Museum has a
new web site -- http://auroracolony.org/.  


A School and Community Facility Policy Summit will take place from 1-7
p.m. Jan. 21 at the Salem Conference Center. Sponsored by a nonprofit,
Innovation Partnership, will include panels and discussion on school and
community facility funding policies, including historic preservation.
For more information, visit www.innovationpartnership.org or contact
Jeff Renfro at jeff at innovationpartnership.org or 503-223-4475.
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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