[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-04-22

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Apr 22 15:22:34 PDT 2009

Special catch-up issue:
1.  Oregon work history topic of book, presentation
2.  Vintage Vinton to be discussed next week
3.  Heritage tree group to meet at Champoeg
4.  Grants Pass gallery to open sesquicentennial exhibit
5.  Constitutional history seminar on May 15
6.  Collections care workshops slated for Eugene
7.  Preservation field school features Oregon sites
8.  Humanities council seeks development director


Author Tom Fuller will talk about his book "Oregon at Work 1859 - 2009"
at 1:30 p.m. April 25 at the Marion County Historical Society, 1313 Mill
St. SE, Salem.  Fuller and co-author Art Ayers spent two years
researching and gathering personal insights and photographs of families
who have worked in Oregon over the past 150 years. Fuller is the
communications manager for the Oregon Employment Department and prior to
that was a television reporter for KGW-TV and a published journalist.

For nearly 60 years, the Marion County Historical Society has been
collecting, preserving and interpreting Marion County's history. For
more information, contact  (503) 364-2128 or mchs at marionhistory.org. 


Will Vinton will present "The History of Claymation and the Will Vinton
Studios" at 7 p.m. April 27 at the Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave.,
Portland. The presentation is part of History Pub, a partnership of Holy
Names Heritage Center, Oregon Historical Society, and McMenamins,
History Pub brings Northwest history in a lively pub setting. Come learn
more about the region's fascinating past while enjoying great food and

Remember the California Raisins? Vinton has created some of the best
known dimensional animation. He is best known for The California
Raisons, and the animated M&M characters. Learn how Vinton developed his
3-D characters and founded his own studio in Portland. 

For more information, visit
http://www.holynamesheritagecenter.org/events.html  or contact (503)


The Association of Oregon Heritage Tree Programs will have its charter
meeting May 2 at the Champoeg State Heritage Area.

The organization will be of interest to people with established local
heritage tree programs and those wishing to form one. For more
information, visit

The event will be followed at 1 p.m. by Champoeg's Founder's Day
festivities and at 2 p.m. by the dedication of the park's provisional
cottonwood tree as an Oregon Heritage Tree.


In honor of Oregon*s 150th anniversary, the Rogue Community College's
FireHouse Gallery will host an exhibit featuring Oregon artists and
writers and their contemporary interpretations of Oregon*s past. The
exhibit runs May 20-June 27.

*Perceptions of the Past* will show how writers and artists
interpret interpretations of Oregon*s past in a contemporary cultural
format that crosses artistic disciplines and initiates an active dialog
between artists, writers, historians and the public through receptions,
talks and performances. Using the collections of the Josephine County
Historical Society as a resource, 13 images from Oregon*s past
(pioneer families, mining claims, Native Americans, etc.) have been
selected as the core around which the show will be built. Participating
writers were Walt Curtis, Carlos Reyes, Lawson Inada, Kim Stafford, Vern
Rutsala, David Snell, Floyd Skloot, F.A. Nettelbeck, Monica Drake, Marc
Acito, Robert McDowell, Lauren Kessler and Alison Clement.

In the final step, a copy of one of the written works was sent to each
of 13 professional Oregon artists who then created a two-dimensional
piece of artwork based solely on the written description from the
writer. The *Perceptions of the Past* exhibit comprises a framed
enlargement of each historical photograph matched with a framed and
signed version of its written description and the visual artist*s

The exhibit is sponsored by Home Valley Bank, the Oregon Arts
Commission, Josephine County Cultural Coalition, the Autzen Foundation,
and Fiberoptic Lighting, Inc. It is presented in collaboration with the
Josephine County Historical Society and the Grants Pass Visitors and
Convention Bureau. For more information about the exhibit, call the RCC
Galleries at 541-956-7339.


The Oregon Law Institute has gathered faculty from the Oregon Supreme
Court and Oregon Court of Appeals, as well as leading government and
private practitioners to discuss important state constitutional
provisions and current case law interpreting these provisions, in a
day-long seminar May 15. The faculty will offer practical advice about
how to litigate a state constitutional law case and how judges interpret
constitutions and precedents; will examine Oregon*s free speech law,
discuss the current status of the initiative and referendum process in
Oregon, and look ahead to the future of the Oregon Constitution. 

The event takes place at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin
Luther King, Jr., Blvd, Portland. For information and registration,
visit http://www.lclark.edu/org/oli/09_05_15.html


Six collections care workshops will be presented June 3-5 at the
University of Oregon. Five of the workshops are day-long sessions, while
one workshop will run for three days.

The workshops, which are organized by the Western Region Field Service
Program and the Balboa Arts Conservation Center, will cover care of
books, textiles, paper and photographic materials, as well as preserving
museum collections. The three-day workshop is an intensive one on
emergency preparedness for material culture collections. For more
information, visit www.bacc.org 


The Pacific Northwest Field School will use the Gordon House, the
Oregon State Fair's Poultry Building and log structures as worksites
this year.  The schools brings together skilled craftsmen, historic
architecture professionals, and students who work together on
preservation projects. 

Since 1994, the Field School has been working on historic structures in
Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Northern California. The University of
Oregon's Historic Preservation Program developed this Field School and
also involves the Oregon, Idaho, and Washington State Parks systems;
Oregon, Idaho, and Washington State Historic Preservation Offices; and
the National Park Service regional office in Seattle. 

Each year the Field School attracts a range of participants, from
practicing cultural resource professionals to undergraduate and graduate
students, and even novices with little background in the field but who
possess a love for heritage and a desire to learn.  The Field School is
intended for anyone interested in hands-on learning about preservation.
The typical class varies in age, skill-background, and interest, but the
common thread is always fun and learning.

Each of the repeatable one-week sessions will have a different focus
and present opportunities to learn different skills, though certain
themes run throughout the entire program. Sessions will balance
seminars, tours of the local area, and hands-on experience in a range of
preservation techniques. Learn more at  


The Oregon Council for the Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the
National Endowment for the Humanities, seeks a development director to
plan and implement the organization*s fundraising and development
activities. For more information, visit the OCH website
(www.oregonhum.org) to download and review the complete job
description. The application deadline is April  27.
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