[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2008-10-07

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Tue Oct 7 15:10:41 PDT 2008

In this issue:
1.  Architecture center plans earth-shaking event
2.  Cathedrals exhibit opens Oct. 10 in Salem
3.  Day of Culture planned in eight cities
4.  On-line disaster planning tool announced
5.  Planning Bureau seeks preservation intern


"Shake, Rattle & Roll:  Seismic Retrofitting and Insuring Your Vintage
Home" is the presentation that will be given at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 at the
Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Ave., Portland. Steve
Gemmell has been bolting down homes of all ages for nearly a decade.
He'll discuss the basics of the retrofit process. He will be joined by
independent insurance advisor Mark Strauss who will provide insight into
earthquake coverage, emergency preparedness, and other non-structural
ways to make certain a home is safe. Pre-registration is recommended -
call 503 231-7264 or visit www.VisitAHC.org.


Mission Mill Museum will host a "Country Cathedrals:  19th Century
Churches in the Northwest" exhibit beginning Oct. 10. From plain and
humble to rich and ornate, historic Northwest churches are the focus of
this exhibit of Oregon photographer Barry Peril. Peril's work captures
the architectural and decorative details of these churches and reflects
the era's aesthetic and religious values.  A painted glass depiction of
the All-Seeing Eye in St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, the oldest
church in Oregon dating from 1846, is one of his featured photographs. 
This exhibit originated at the High Desert Museum in Bend.

Mission Mill Museum is a non-profit, five acre, historical museum that
preserves and interprets two homes from the 1841 Methodist Mission
Station in Salem, the 1847 home of the Oregon Trail traveling John D.
Boon Family, the oldest Presbyterian Church in the Pacific Northwest,
and the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill established in 1889.    For more
information please call 503-585-7012 or visit the Mission Mill website
at http://www.missionmill.org  <http://www.missionmill.org/> .


On Oct. 8, the Oregon Cultural Trust will stage a Day of Culture in
eight Oregon cities. The events are scheduled from noon-2 p.m. in
Eugene, Medford and Portland. They will also take place from 5 p.m.-7
p.m. in Bend, Gresham, Hood River, Lincoln City, and Pendleton.  These
events will include free live performances, mayoral proclamations,
speakers, cultural fairs, and refreshments. The date marks the sixth
anniversary of  the Cultural Trust's tax credit. For more information,
visit the Cultural Trust's website at www.culturaltrust.org or call

The Lane County Historical Society and Museum in Eugene will help
celebrate the Oregon Day of Culture in a distinctly negative way! A DVD
has been specially prepared will be shown continuously during the
museum*s open hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The DVD consists of images being
preserved through the museum*s nitrate negative project. Museum
admission will be waived on that day and the public will be admitted for

The DVD has been prepared by University or Oregon graduate student
Rachel Byers, whose duties on the project normally involve the recording
of metadata concerning the images. The project is approximately
one-third  of the way through an estimated 9,000 images and is expected
to last into 2010. All images are being scanned at very high resolution
(1270 dpi) and stored for future access.

The nitrate negative project has been the beneficiary of two successive
Oregon Cultural Trust cultural development grants and has also received
support from the Oregon Heritage Commission, as well as private monies
through Trust Management Services, LLC. It is hoped that the nitrate
negative project will be the first phase of digitizing the museum*s
remaining photograph collection, estimated at over 14,000 additional


The Northeast Document Conservation Center and the Massachusetts Board
of Library Commissioners have developed a free online disaster-planning
template. The development of the template was funded by the Institute of
Museum and Library Services and the National Center for Preservation
Technology and Training. 

Disasters can come in all shapes and sizes, from natural disasters
(floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes) to emergencies resulting from an
accident (burst water pipe), deferred maintenance (leaking roof), or
negligence (fire or mold). An effective response will be determined by
how well prepared a site is to deal with a disaster.

The template, called dPlan, can help you create a plan for disaster
prevention and response. Enter data into the online template to create a
customized disaster plan for your institution. This plan will help you
prevent or mitigate disasters, prepare for the most likely emergencies,
respond quickly to minimize damage if disaster strikes, and recover
effectively from disaster while continuing to provide services to your

Once completed, dPlan generates a printed disaster plan specific to
your institution. The resulting plan contains contact information for
staff and key personnel, preventive maintenance checklists, salvage
techniques, and much more. dPlan can be updated continuously to reflect
the changes that occur at your institution. For more information, visit


The Portland Bureau of Planning has a part-time, temporary, historic
preservation intern position available. The position might be a good fit
for historic preservation, architecture, history and planning graduate
students, and recent graduates. For more information, contact Nicholas
T. Starin, City Planner,  Historic Resources,  Portland Bureau of
Planning,  1900 SW 4th Ave., Ste. 7100,  Portland OR 97201-5380 or 
nstarin at ci.portland.or.us 
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