[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2008-11-14

Heritage Info Heritage.Info at state.or.us
Thu Nov 13 15:53:39 PST 2008

In this issue:
1.  Task force to present historic property recommendations
2.  OSU Press authors to make presentations
3.  Grant deadline extended
4.  Military museum closes doors for move


In cooperation with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office,
Eugene*s Historic Review Board will host a presentation by members of
the Task Force on Historic Property to discuss the recommended changes
to Oregon*s Special Assessment Program.  The event will take place at
6 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Bascom Room of the Eugene Public Library, 100 W.
10th Ave.

The Task Force was formed in early 2007 and charged with reviewing the
current Special Assessment of Historic Property Tax Benefit Program and
making recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature for improving
or eliminating the program.  The recommendations of the Task Force have
been released in the form of a report to the Legislature and Governor

The Oct. 1 report of the Task Force on Historic Property can be
accessed at
http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/SPEC-ASSESS-TASK-FORCE.shtml .  

If you have questions about the Eugene meeting, contact Ken Guzowski,
Eugene Planning Division, 541.682-5562


Terry Toedtemeier, John Laursen and Eileen O*Keeffe McVicker will talk
about their books at several locations during the next month.

Toedtemeier and Laursen and the authors of "Wild Beauty: Photographs of
the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957" that has been published by the
Northwest Photography Archive in collaboration with the Oregon State
University Press. The inaugural volume in the Northwest Photography
Series, Wild Beauty illuminates the photographic heritage of one of the
Gorge. This  large-format book features 134 images by three dozen
photographers, including Carleton Watkins, Benjamin Gifford, Lily White,
Sarah Ladd, Fred Kiser, Alfred Monner, and Ray Atkeson.

McVicker, born in 1927 to an Irish immigrant sheep rancher and a
schoolteacher, growing up on a homestead in the West made for a 'hard,
happy life with layers of riches" that she describes in her book  "Child
of Steens Mountain." The O'Keeffes were one family among many that
settled in southern and eastern Oregon before World War II and tried to
hang on.

Toedtemeier and Laursen will be at the Portland Audubon Society's Wild
Arts Festival Nov. 22-23 at Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn St.; at
Powell's at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2; and Dec. 7 at the Oregon Historical
Society's "Holiday Cheer: A Celebration of Oregon Authors and Artists."

McVicker will also be at the Wild Arts Festival Nov. 22-23; at 3 p.m.
Dec. 6 at the St. Johns Booksellers, 8622 N. Lombard; and Dec. 7 at the
OHS authors celebration.

For more information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/press 


The deadline for applications for the 2009 Conservation Assessment
Program has been extended until Dec. 15.

CAP provides small to mid-sized museums of all types, from art museums
to historical museums to zoos, with a general conservation assessment of
their collections, environmental conditions, and facilities. If a museum
is facing challenging financial times, participating in CAP can help
prioritize collections care tasks so resources can be allocated wisely;
document needs to make a stronger case to funders; and provide advice on
additional sources of support for conservation and preservation. 

The CAP application is available at www.heritagepreservation.org/cap . 
For more information, call 202-233-0800 or email
cap at heritagepreservation.org  

CAP is administered by Heritage Preservation through a cooperative
agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.Heritage
Preservation 1012 14th St. NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005 phone


The Oregon Military Museum is scheduled to temporarily close Nov. 16
and begin its transition to a new facility on the Oregon National
Guard's Camp Withycombe.

Museum services and activities will be suspended until the grand
re-opening. These include public visits, group tours, access to library,
archives and collections for research purposes, off-site community
displays of artifacts and vehicles, and artifact and library book
donation offers. 
The museum must relocate from four of its buildings by June 1 to make
room for the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center that
will serve 1,300 soldiers. 
Museum artifacts will be housed in the existing Clackamas Armory. The
re-opening will be announced at a later date.
The new location will require reconfiguration to meet the needs of the
museum's exhibition, education, administrative, collections, and
research functions. The increased space and better facilities will
provide long-term benefits to the museum and its audiences, said curator
Tracy Thoennes. The Oregon Military Museum has been at its current
location since it was established by the Oregon Military Department in
1975 as the state's official military history repository. 
The museum's artifact collection has more than 13,000 objects, 25,000
library volumes, and 750 cubic feet of archives.  It is part of the U.S.
Army Museum System and the National Guard Museum System.
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