[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2008-09-15

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Mon Sep 15 08:00:27 PDT 2008

In this issue:
1.  Covered Bridge Festival set for this weekend
2. Malheur refuge to celebrate centennial
3  Events slated for Sept. 20 in Bend, Pendleton, Rickreal, Tualatin
4.  Free ethics guides available


The Oregon Covered Bridges Festival will take place from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sept. 20 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21 in Timber Linn Park in Albany. This
year's featured bridge is the Weddle Bridge in Sweet Home.

The festival will include a tour of six covered bridges will begin at
10 a.m. and 11 a.m. both days. Pre-registration and further information
about the tours is available from Bill at 503-399-0436.

The US Postal Service will also provide a temporary postal station and
special commemorative postmark from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the

For additional information about the festival, visit its website at


Malheur National Wildlife Refuge*s Centennial Celebration on Sept. 20
will be packed with opportunities to learn about the refuge, its history
and archaeology, and to enjoy some great wildlife viewing in southeast
Oregon. The day will start with the dedication of a bronze statue and
time capsule at Refuge Headquarters at 9 a.m. The dedication will be
followed by a 10 a.m. presentation by Trish Nixon from the Peregrine
Funds Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, and will include live birds
from the Center for Birds of Prey. A number of children*s activities
will occur at refuge headquarters throughout the day. A children*s
activity guide will be available for the Blitzen Valley Journey, a
self-guided tour of the Blitzen Valley.

Five staffed stops along the Blitzen Valley Journey will highlight
refuge related topics.  Visitors can begin their journey at Peter
French*s Sod House Ranch. Volunteers will provide guided tours of the
ranch and discuss archaeological excavations at the ranch. Children*s
activities will also be available at the ranch. The next stop on the
self-guided journey will take visitors to Buena Vista Overlook where
refuge staff will answer questions about habitat management and wildlife
use of the refuge.

The third stop on the tour will be at Benson Pond where Paiute weavers
from the Native Circle will demonstrate traditional Paiute weaving
techniques. Visitors can learn about the contributions the Civilian
Conservation Corps made to the refuge and local communities. Neotropical
birds (songbirds) using the refuge will also be highlighted at this
stop. The fourth stop on the Blitzen Valley Journey will be held at the
confluence of Bridge Creek and the Blitzen River where refuge staff will
talk about native fish using the refuge and visitors can view fish
habitat restoration efforts on the Blitzen River. The final stop on the
journey will be at Peter French*s P Ranch where Refuge volunteers will
answer questions about Peter French and the restoration of the P Ranch
Long Barn. 

The Centennial Celebration will conclude with a no host barbeque at the
Narrows Café. For more information contact Malheur Refuge at


Bend:  The Des Chutes Historical Museum's author series welcomes Eugene
author William L. Sullivan at 1 p.m.. Sullivan will give an illustrated
talk based on his 1999 book, Hiking Oregon's History. For more
information, visit the Des Chutes Historical Museum website at
www.deschuteshistory.org  or call 541-389-1813.

Pendleton: The Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, as part of the Oregon
Archaeology Celebration, will host from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. experts
demonstrating the atlatl, flintknapping and tule duck decoymaking.
Visitors will have the opportunity to throw spears at targets behind the
museum and to create their own tule duck decoy.  Tamástslikt will award
a prize for the best spear toss with the atlatl and also serve
prehistoric pizza to visitors in the lobby at noon. The atlatl was in
use around the globe by ancient peoples before the invention of the bow
and arrow. Early hunters used it to kill large game animals such as the
mammoth, an extinct prehistoric elephant. Remains of mammoth have been
found near Tamástslikt and can be viewed in the winter lodge exhibit.
Archaeologists found remnants of the earliest atlatl in the Roaring
Springs cave in southern Oregon. The Tribes in this region used the tule
(pronounced too-lee) reed for everything from housing to burial mats. A
traditional tule reed lodge can be visited at Tamástslikt in its
permanent exhibits at Tamástslikt and outdoors in the Living Cultural
Village. Tom Bailor and Lloyd Barkley of the Confederated Tribes of the
Umatilla Indian Reservation will give instruction on the use of ancient
tools and crafts.  They harvest the tule reeds used in making the ducks
and provide the flint-knapping and atlatl materials. Tamastslikt is
located south of Interstate 84 near its instersection with Highway 331.
For more information, visit www.tamastslikt.org of phone 541-966-9748.

Rickreal: The Polk County Historical will host a presentation by Kyle
Jansson at 1:30 p.m. on the 1935 fire that destroyed the Oregon Capitol.
For more information, phone (503) 623-6251                              

Tualatin: The Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, will host
its third annual Harvest Festival from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The event includes
demonstrations of spinning, weaving and knitting; pioneer toys and
games; historic tools and operating engines; a working cider press; and
an early Tualatin farming exhibit. For more information, contact


The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector has issued "Principles for Good
Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations".
The publication outlines 33 practices to support board members and staff
leaders of nonprofits as they work to improve operations.  In addition,
the American Association for State and Local History has issued position
papers on "When a History Museum Closes" and "The Capitalization of
Collections." Copies of all three documents are available at
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