[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-04-23

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Apr 23 16:11:52 PDT 2009

Another catch-up special issue:
1. National Park Service to stimulate historic sites
2.  Free disaster response workshop May 1
3.  Ashland to take look at past, future
4.  Kloos, Mission Mill receive awards
5.  Root Feast scheduled by Umatilla
6.  Farming exhibit opens at High Desert Museum
7.  Douglas County Museum to celebrate 40th anniversary


Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has announced the release
of $750 million for nearly 750 National Park Service American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act projects.

Four national parks in Oregon will receive funds. Crater Lake will
receive $367,000 for work that includes a fire protection system in a
historic building. Lewis and Clark will receive $207,000 for
rehabilitating trails, repairing walkways and boardwalks, and
resurfacing trails. John Day will receive $420,000 to demolish and
replace employee quarters at Painted Hills, and to repair historic
structures at the James Cant Ranch.

A complete list of projects can be found at: 


Sponsored by the Portland Area Disaster Response Group and the Oregon
Library Association Preservation Roundtable, a MayDay Disaster Response
Workshop will take place from 10 a.m.-noon in Room 160 of the Millar
Library at Portland State University, 1875 SW Park Ave.

The free workshop is for all concerned about disaster planning and
response for your library, archive, historical society, or museum,
regardless of your level of
preparedness. This year*s workshop will highlight important aspects
of insurance, as well as a variety of useful resources to get your own
plan in tiptop shape. If you have an updated plan, outdated plan, or no
plan, the workshop will provide resources and expertise.

Please pre-register by contacting Kris Kern, kernk at pdx.edu The new
roundtable website is


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a "Chautauqua 150: Oregon and
the Environment" event on April 25. The event is a day-long exploration
of the intersection of Oregon's history, environment and theater.

Historian William G. Robbins will talk about "Place and History: In
Search of the Pacific Northwest" at 1:15 p.m. while William Lang will
lead a roundtable at 2:15 p.m. with organic farmer David Mostue and
others. Other sessions, many of which are free, will also take place.

Tickets are required for the events. For additional information and
tickets, contact OSF at 1-800-219-8161 or www.osfashland.org 


The Portland chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution has awarded Jeanette Kloos its Historic Preservation Medal. 

Terry Price Arnold, a national vice chairman, cited Kloos' "passion and
advocacy for historic preservation...beautifully expressed in her
unending efforts and exceptional dedication to the preservation of the
Historic Columbia River Highway along the Columbia River Gorge."

"Her post-retirement volunteer work, including the establishment of the
Friends of the Historic Columbia River, speak to the indelible
contribution she has made to (her) community and state," added Arnold.

Meanwhile, Travel Oregon and the Oregon Tourism Commission have
presented Mission Mill Museum their Heritage Tourism Award. The award
recognizes outstanding use of Oregon's cultural or natural history by an
Oregon individual, organization, business, community, or region, in
order to draw visitors to the state. 

In 2008, Mission Mill Museum researched and developed "Facing
Statehood", a sesquicentennial exhibition that reflects on the years
leading up to Oregon's admission into the Union as the 33rd state.  The
purpose of the project was to create a compelling story that could be
translated into an exhibition that would draw visitors to the Museum,
educate them about the origins of our community, inspire them to
preserve our heritage, and ask them to consider Oregon's future.    

"This particular curatorial project is the largest that Mission Mill
Museum has ever undertaken and is one of the largest museum
sesquicentennial exhibits in the Willamette Valley,"  said director
Peter Booth.

Facing Statehood runs through May 2010.  For more information visit
http://www.missionmill.org or call 503-585-7012 or visit the museum
at 1313 Mill St., Salem.   


The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have begun
digging roots for the 2009 Root Feast. The traditional ceremonial feast
will take place April 26 following the 9 a.m. service at the Mission


"The Family Ranch: Nurturing Children, the Land and Tradition in the
American West" opens April 24 featuring photographs by Madeleine Graham
Blake and the writing of award-winning author Linda Hussa. Hussa writes
how families are a stabilizing force in the West: raising food,
protecting the environment, managing resources and preserving Western
heritage.  She also examines the critical issues facing family ranchers.
The exhibit also looks at how the family ranch lifestyle carries
and tradition forward.

Hussa, a nationally acclaimed poet, writer, and rancher in Cedarville,
Calif.,  is the author of seven books. Earlier this year, Hussa won a
Spur Award from the Western Writers of America organization. 

The exhibit is at the High Desert Museum through July 26. The High
Desert Museum is located five minutes from Bend on South Highway 97. For
more information, contact the museum at  (541) 382-4754 or


The Douglas County Museum will be celebrating its 40th birthday on
April 25.  The celebration will include many birthday mainstays like
cake, ice cream, and games.  It will also provide educational fun for
kids and adults alike.  There will be re-enactors demonstrating pioneer
activities like candle-making and blacksmithing. 

The Museum will also be announcing a new name. The festivities will
last from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m..  Admission will be free. The Douglas County
Museum is located on the Douglas County Fairgrounds off I-5 exit 123.
For more information, contact  (541) 957-7007 or
jvbasile at co.douglas.or.us 
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