[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2008-11-15

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Fri Nov 14 15:20:03 PST 2008

In this issue:
1.  Research guide added to Heritage Bulletins menu
2.  Steam locomotives to run in December
3.  Taxes, transfers highlighted in Clackamas meeting
4.  Advisory Council urges service learning connections


"A Down to Earth Farm and Ranch Research Guide" has been added the Heritage Bulletins provided by Heritage Programs of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The Bulletins are short technical aids on topics from research, to cemetery law, to National Register, to nonprofit support. Visit www.oregonheritage.org and click on "Heritage Bulletins" to see all the topics. 

While you are there, check out the most recent Heritage Hero and information on the upcoming Northwest History and Heritage Extravaganza. The Oregon Heritage Conference is joining with the Northwest Archivists, Northwest Oral Historians and the Pacific Northwest History Conference for this 2009 gathering. Join us in Portland April 15-18 for a wonderful exchange of experience, ideas, skills and fun!


Difficult donations and tax law changes will be presented at the Clackamas County Heritage Council meeting at 5 p.m. Nov. 18. The potluck dinner and meeting will take place at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City.

Tracy Thoennes of the Oregon Military Museum will speak on "Receiving Donated Items and Passing Them Along" while Jan Salisbury will talk about "How Changes in 2009 Tax Laws Will Effect Our Museums."

The council is a coalition of  historical museums, sites, businesses, and historic preservation interests. For more information, contact 503-655-5574.


The Southern Pacific #4449 steam locomotive will be doing the honors of pulling trains  Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14 for the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. The locomotive will follow a 40-minute roundtrip through scenic Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in southeast Portland on the Oregon Pacific Railroad which runs along the Willamette River.

Built in 1941 as a 4-8-4 GS-4 "Northern" type locomotive, she is 110-feet long, 10-feet wide and 16-feet tall. With locomotive and tender weighing 433 tons and a boiler pressure of 300 psi, her eight 80-inch diameter drivers and unique firebox truck booster can apply 5,500 horsepower to the rails and exceed 100 mph. Retired to Oaks Park in 1958 for display only, in 1974 she was completely restored specifically to pull the 1976 Bicentennial Freedom Train throughout the United States to the delight of over 30 million people.

The only remaining operable "streamlined" steam locomotive of the Art Deco era, this grand Lady of the High Iron pulled Southern Pacific "Daylight" coaches from Los Angeles to San Francisco over the scenic Coast Route and then on to Portland until 1955. 

For more information about the rides, visit www.orht.org 


The federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation urges historic preservation organizations to create local service learning and/or community service opportunities for students and school systems across the United States in an effort to more widely share and increase public awareness of the benefits of historic preservation.

Working with the Corporation for National and Community Service and Heritage Education Services of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, the ACHP presented the concept at an educational session entitled "Involving Youth in Historic Preservation." To learn how service learning can benefit preservation organizations and local communities and understand how to create such opportunities with local schools, as well as to view information presented at the educational session, see: http://www.servicelearning.org/instant_info/historic_preservation/index.php 

This site includes the four presentations made at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference's educational session on service learning.
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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