[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2008-09-11

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Thu Sep 11 11:05:28 PDT 2008

In this issue:
1.  Encyclopedia project adds information to website
2.  Portland group gets grant to study historic schools
3.  Archaeological celebration includes guided hike
4.  Sesquicentennial farm application deadline Nov. 1


The Oregon Encyclopedia's website, www.oregonencyclopedia.org has added
new entries, photographs, and opportunities for community involvement.

More than a dozen community meetings are also planned during the coming
months as encyclopedia editors involve communities invite all Oregonians
to share their local knowledge and suggest ideas for the project.  Visit
the events page of www.oregonencyclopedia.org to view the full community
meeting calendar. 


The National Trust for Historic Preservation has selected  the
Innovation Partnership of Portland to participate in the Helping Johnny
Walk to School through Smart School Siting Policies project.  The
organization will receive a $6000 grant, $500 in travel expenses to
attend a Washington, DC meeting with the project's Advisory
Committee, and a year of technical assistance on this policy issue. 

Concerned about the abandonment of older neighborhood schools and the
siting of new schools outside of communities, the National Trust is
offering this technical assistance and grant program to help states
encourage community-centered schools.  It believe that localities can
site their schools in a way that achieves not only educational
objectives, but also supports better public health, cleaner environment,
and anchors the local neighborhood. The National Trust for Historic
Preservation received funding for this project from the Jessie Ball
duPont Fund and through a cooperative agreement with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency.  

For more information, contact Renee Kuhlman, director of special
projects for the Trust's Center for State and Local Policy, at
540-951-1661 or  <mailto:renee_kuhlman at nthp.org> renee_kuhlman at nthp.org.


A guided hike by U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Tony Farque will
take place Sept. 28 as part of the Oregon Archaeology Celebration.

Hikers will learn about the Oregon Archaeological Society's
documentation of the Cascadia Rock Shelter on a two-mile round-trip
hike. Project director Jim Keyser and OAS volunteers will also
simultaneously continue the documentation. The shelter is located near
Sweet Home.

Reservations are required for the hike. For more information, contact
Cathy at poetschat at msn.com<mailto:poetschat at msn.com> or call


As Oregon celebrates its 150th birthday as a state in 2009, more Oregon
farms and ranches will be honored for having been operated by the same
families for more than 150 years. The first Sesquicentennial Awards were
given to 14 families last February at a special ceremony on the Capitol
campus. The Century Farm and Ranch Program, which makes the
designations, now seeks additional families who might qualify for that
honor. An awards ceremony is being planned as part of Oregon*s
Sesquicentennial commemoration in Salem.

Of the 1,082 recognized Century Farms and Ranches, there are more than
400 that were established prior to Dec. 31, 1859.  A percentage of those
early farms and ranches may be no longer in the same family ownership,
having been sold out of the family during the last 50 years since the
Century Farm & Ranch Program was established.

Eligible family farmers and ranchers throughout Oregon are encouraged
to apply for the Sesquicentennial Award by submitting a completed
application by the Nov. 1 deadline.  The eligibility criteria for the
Sesquicentennial Award, along with the application guidelines and
official form, are available by contacting Glenn Mason, Oregon Century
Farm & Ranch Program coordinator at (503) 297-5892 or
orcentury at juno.com, or they may be downloaded from the Oregon
Department of Agriculture*s website at: http://oregon.gov/ODA.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is administered through the
Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation in Salem and is supported in
part by a partnership of the Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon State Parks &
Recreation Department, Oregon Department of Agriculture, and the Oregon
Historical Society, along with additional funding and support from the
Wheat Growers Association, the Hazelnut Marketing Board, Roth*s Family
Markets, various Oregon county farm bureaus, and many individuals.
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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