[Heritage] 2009-04-01

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Wed Apr 1 16:47:14 PDT 2009

Special Extravaganza Edition:
1.  Special tours being planned for Extravaganza
2.  Exhibit hall demonstrates conference theme on April 17
3.  Signup soon for national workshops at Extravaganza
4.  Conference lodging rate still available


The best conferences enable attendees to see local sites, and the Northwest History and Heritage Extravaganza will do that in multiple ways. Whether you want to walk, ride in a van, or take your own car, the conference will connect you to more than a half dozen tours involving historic buildings, historic cemeteries, museums, and historic highways.

Here are the tours available to Extravaganza participants:

Wednesday, April 15 -- 
Multnomah County Courthouse and Pioneer Courthouse Tours
Afternoon -- The Multnomah Bar Association will provide tours of these two historic structures. You won't need to bring a "get out of jail free" card to participate. Stay tuned for details.

Multnomah County Library Rare Book Collection
6 p.m. -- Some of the library's spectacular collection can be viewed during this time. Join other conference attendees at local dining spots afterwards.

Thursday, April 16
Historic Columbia River Highway Tour
Noon -- This four-hour van tour of the Historic Columbia River Highway, a National Historic Landmark, will take participants to Vista House at Crown Point, Multnomah Falls and Lodge, and the recently reopened Oneonta Tunnel. Preregistration required.

Vancouver National Historic Reserve Tour
12:30 p.m. The Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver is the heart of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The Reserve brings together a national park, a premier archaeological site, the region's first military post, an international fur trade emporium, one of the oldest operating airfields, the first national historic site west of the Mississippi River, and a waterfront trail and environmental center on the banks of the Columbia River. This self-guided tour begins at the reserve allows individuals to choose among activities and get a behind-the-scenes look at its operations.

Saturday, April 18
Architectural Heritage Center Kitchen Tours
10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Architectural Heritage Center in Portland will stage its 11th annual kitchen revival tours. The tour includes nine period or historically accurate kitchens in house styles ranging from Queen Anne to mid-century.  For additional information and registration, visit the center's website at www.visitahc.org ( http://www.visitahc.org/ )

Friends of Historic Columbia River Highway Tour
10 a.m.-4 p.m. You are invited to tour the Historic Columbia River Highway in your own automobile from Cascade Locks to the Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles.
Highway experts stationed at sites along the route will provide understanding of this engineering feat. Tickets and additional information available online at http://hcrh.org/SpringTour09.html

Lone Fir Cemetery Tours
2:30-3:30 p.m.  Lone Fir Cemetery is the oldest continuously used cemetery in Portland and a METRO wooded greenspace. More than 25,000 Oregonians have been buried here from the 1840's to the newest immigrants arriving from the former Soviet Union. Grave markers are in German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Russian. The Soldiers' Memorial commemorates veterans from four wars. Block 14 is a statement of the plight of the Chinese men who worked on the construction of railroads and water facilities. Meet at cemetery entrance at SE 26th between Morrison and Stark.

For additional information on these tours, visit the Extravaganza website athttp://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Conference.shtml  Because details for some of these tours are still being worked out, be sure to check the website again at some time closer to the beginning of the Extravaganza on April 15.


The Northwest History and Heritage Extravaganza taking place April 15-18 at the Holiday Inn at the Portland Airport uses the rendezvous as its theme, and that theme will be apparent in the conference's Exhibit Hall on April 17.

Nearly two dozen book publishers, nonprofit organizations, suppliers of heritage materials and services, authors and others will be there to show the latest in the Northwest history,heritage and preservation fields. 

For millenia, the Pacific Northwest has been a crossroads where people from different places have come together. Using a theme linked to a 19th century version of these gatherings -- the rendezvous -- the Northwest History and Heritage Extravaganza will bring together hundreds of people interested in the region's past, present and future.

Gathered together as Oregon marks its 150th statehood anniversary, participants in the Extravaganza will share the cultures, skills and ideas that have made and will make the Northwest's history and heritage distinct and vibrant.

For registration and information, visit the conference website at http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Conference.shtml


The opportunity to register for the two Northwest History and Heritage Extravaganza workshops that are being organized through the Society of American Archivists is fast closing. If you want to attend, you are encouraged to register now.

"Using Oral Histories: Publications, Exhibits, Internet" is scheduled for April 15 in Portland. The workshop explores traditional outreach tools (such as publications, exhibits, and audio and video programs) as well as newer technologies, including the Internet and podcasting. "Management of Cultural Institutions" is scheduled for April 16 and gives an overview of leadership, management, communication, value of staff and teamwork, and more in managing cultural institutions.

Both will be held at Northwest History and Heritage Extravaganza at the Holiday Inn at the Portland Airport. Complete information about the
Extravaganza is available  at http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Conference.shtml

The Society of American Archivists is offering a 50 percent discount to students (enter "student 09OR" in to the promotional code space). 

For complete information and registration about these two SAA workshops, visit  www.archivists.org ( http://www.archivists.org/ )and look for the education calendar. For additional information, contact education at archivists.orgor phone toll-free 866-722-7858.


The Northwest History and Heritage Extravaganza is taking place at the Holiday Inn at the Portland Airport,  8439 NE Columbia Blvd. The hotel will offer a special Extravaganza/Conference rate  for lodging during the event if reservations are made before April 14. (Taxes are additional.) To make a reservation, contact 1-800-315-2621 and ask for the Oregon Heritage Conference/Northwest History and Heritage Extravaganza rate.

The Portland Airport Holiday Inn is located two miles from the Portland airport at 8439 NE Columbia Blvd. The Holiday Inn offers free shuttle service between the airport, including the high-speed MAX station, and the hotel.
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