[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2008-10-03

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Fri Oct 3 08:11:43 PDT 2008

In this issue:
1.  Coos Bay area partners to host new exhibit
2.  Archaeology month includes several lectures
3.  Archives to offer free workshops
4.  Executive director applications sought
5.  Pittock Mansion plans architecture exhibit


The Coss Bay Area hosts the statewide debut Oct. 8 of a ground-breaking
exhibit produced by the Oregon Historical Society in association with
Oregon's nine federally recognized tribes.  The exhibit, sponsored by
the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians
and the Coquille Indian Tribe, will open in several locations in the
area.  Later this month, a free public lecture and free demonstrations
of traditional technology will complement the exhibit.  

"Oregon Is Indian Country" is a three-part display incorporating native
voices, historical artifacts, and photographs.   The three components -
"The Land," "Traditions That  Bind," and "Federal Indian Policies" -- 
portray Oregon's diverse indigenous cultures.  Separate components will
be displayed at the Coos Bay Public Library, the North Bend Public
Library, and the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum in North Bend.  

"This is a great example of the power of cross-cultural community
partnerships" says Coos Bay Library Director Carol Ventgen, "The tribes,
the libraries and the museum share an interest in making information
more accessible, and we also have a number of complementary strengths. 
By working together, we've developed a model for cooperative exhibitions
elsewhere in the state."

Historian Stephen Dow Beckham will speak on "Oregon's Indian Voices:
1792-2008" at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Coos Bay Public Library.  On Oct. 11
and Oct. 25, experts will demonstrate traditional technology for cedar
plank splitting, weaving and other traditional skills at the Coos
Historical and Maritime Museum.

For more information, contact the museum at 541.756.6320 or visit


Archaeology lectures will take place during the next few weeks at
Eugene, Newberg and North Bend.

The University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History will
host a three-part lecture series, *The First Oregonians: New Insights
from the Field.*  Experts from the museum*s research division will
share findings from recent excavations that shed light on Oregon*s
first people. Lectures are free and open to the public and will begin at
5:30 p.m.  The Oct. 10 presentation will be on the peopling of the
Americas by executive director Jon Erlandson and take place in the Many
Nations Longhouse, 1630 Columbia St.  Thomas Connolly will talk Oct. 17
on the archaeology and oral history of the Klamath Tribe in Room 175 of
the Knight Law School, 1515 Agate St., which is the same location Oct.
24 for a talk by Patrick O'Grady on two UO field school investigations
in Harney County. For more information, contact  Heidi Hiaasen at 
541-346-3606, heidih at uoregon.edu or visit 

At 6 p.m. Oct. 16,  Cameron M. Smith will discuss the first
archaeological exploration of the Parrett Mountain Farm area, carried
out as a joint project of Portland
State University, Linfield College, and the Crystal Dawn Smith Rilee
Foundation. Parrett Mountain Farm is located at 105000 NE Parrett
Mountain Rd., Newberg. For more information, phone 503-625-6821 or visit

Also at 6 p.m. Oct. 16, the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum will
host a "Shipwreck!" dinner and lecture at The Mill Casino. The evening
will include presentations on  locating, tracking and preserving
historic Oregon shipwrecks by Dennis Griffin of the Oregon State
Historic Preservation Office and Calum Stevenson of the Oregon State
Parks and Recreation Department. For reservations, contact the museum at


As part of the observation of Oregon Archives Month the Oregon State
Archives is offering two free workshops on conducting archival research.
The workshops are scheduled for Oct. 14 and Oct. 29 at the Oregon State
Archives building in Salem.  The half-day workshops will cover basic
archival research with an emphasis on Oregon resources and records.
Attendees will also receive a "behind the scenes" tour of the Archives
at the conclusion of the workshop.   

Space is limited so please contact Layne Sawyer at (503) 378-5198 or
email layne.g.sawyer at state.or.us to reserve a spot at one of these two


The Columbia River Maritime Museum, an accredited, private,
not-for-profit maritime history institution located in Astoria, is
seeking applications for the position of president. The president is the
principal steward of the museum*s reputation and is its most important
ambassador.  He or she will serve as the museum*s chief development
officer and principal major and foundation gifts fundraiser.  The
president will be responsible for leading and managing all museum
activities, including strategic planning, implementation of annual
plans, resource development, stewardship of human and financial
resources, collections, facilities and campus management. For a full
position description visit the museum's web site at www.crmm.org 


The Pittock Mansion is seeking photographs of significant historic
structures such as buildings, bridges and architectural details for a
juried photography show that will take place February through June,
2009. The Pittock Mansion is looking for photographs which reflect the
past 150 years of Oregon history as the show will celebrate the 150th
anniversary of statehood. More information about submitting entries can
be obtained from www.pittockmansion.org or Lucy McLean at 503-823-3619.

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