[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-04-29

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Apr 29 13:16:50 PDT 2009

In this issue:
1. Archaeology talk to be reprised
2.  Historic firearms seminar set for Saturday
3. Online resources available for disaster planning, research
4. Scholarship applications available for tribal conference
5.  Exhibits opening in Oregon City, Seattle


Kenneth Ames, chair of Portland State University's anthroplogy
department, will speak at 4 p.m. April 30 on the state of Northwest

The talk, "Coprolites, Shell Middens, and Villages: An Idiosyncratic
Look at the Current State of Northwest Archaeology," was initially given
earlier this month at the Northwest Anthropological Conference. This
presentation will take place in Cramer Hall Room 41, 1721 SW Broadway,
on the PSU campus. The talk is sponsored by the PSU Anthropology Student
Association and Lambda Alpha Beta


Historian and firearms expert Ken Swanson will lead an all day seminar
on "Historic Firearms of the American West" on May 2 at the National
Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

The seminar will include lectures on the technology and trends that
shaped the manufacture, design, and use of weapons on the frontier.
Myths and legends surrounding guns and their role in western culture
will be examined. Swanson will also offer instruction on display and
interpretation of historic weapons for the general public, including
safety and security, conservation, and how to present firing

Swanson worked over 20 years with the Idaho State Historical Society
and is director of the Idaho Military Museum.  He has been a consultant
on firearms to many museums, to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms, Department of Justice, and various police agencies. He has
presented historic firearms lectures to numerous state and regional
museums and historical societies. 

The seminar is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is
required with a fee. Space is limited. For more information or to
register call 541-523-1843, or e-mail OR_NHOTIC_Mail at blm.gov.

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is 5 miles east
of Baker City on Highway 86.  Take Exit 302 from I-84.  The Interpretive
Center is operated by the Bureau of Land Management and is a federal fee


Disaster Planning Resources: The Bosco-Milligan Foundation recently
completed a disaster preparedness and response plan for its
Architectural Heritage Center, with a focus on seismic preparedness,
thanks to grant funding from the Oregon Heritage Commission. The plan
has been placed on its website. It includes a model of disaster planning
documents for use by other organizations. Go to  www.VisitAHC.org  The
Word document may be used and customized as needed, with abundant
coverage of multiple potential disasters and how you can plan ahead and
be prepared. Please let the foundation know the usefulness of these
important disaster preparedness tools by emailing it at
info at VisitAHC.org   

Public Land Records: The Bureau of Land Management has created a
General Land Office (GLO) records automation web site. It provides
access to federal land conveyance records for the public land states
such as Oregon. It also provides image access to more than three million
federal land title records for Eastern public land states, issued
between 1820 and 1908. Currently, it is adding images of military land
warrants. These land patents were issued to individuals as a reward for
their military service. Images related to survey plats and field notes,
dating back to 1810, are added to the site state-by-state as each
state's documents are completed. Due to organization of documents in the
GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every federal title
record issued for the public land states. The website can be found at

Oregon History Timeline:  The Oregon Historical Society*s Timeweb
uses over 800 records from the society*s archival collection to tell
the story of Oregon over time. The site builds interactive timelines to
create historical webs of ideas, events, and places. To begin exploring,
choose a spotlight, era, or featured record or build your own Oregon
story by selecting topics you would like to know more about. The timeweb
can be found at http://www.ohs.org/education/oregonhistory/timeweb/


Scholarship applications are being accepted until May 31 for the Tribal
Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference. The conference is scheduled
for Oct. 19-22 in Portland. It is funded by the Institute of Museum and
Library Services, sponsored by the Western Council of State Libraries,
and hosted by the Oregon State Library and Tamástslikt Cultural

A series of pre-conferences will be held Oct. 19,with the conference
sessions Oct. 20-22. For a scholarship application and other conference
information, visit www.tribalconference.org 


Oregon City: "Historic Preservation:  A Gift for the Future," is the
theme of the newest exhibit in the Clackamas County Public Services
Building. The exhibit is subtitled "Photographs of National Register
properties and Historic Landmarks in rural Clackamas County".  The
photographs of historic, rural Clackamas County buildings by West Linn
photographers Ron and Kate LeBlanc are in the first floor Entry Gallery
at the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Rd. Seven of the buildings
shown in the exhibit are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The eighth building, the circa-1890 Viola School, is a Clackamas County
Historic Landmark. It will be on display through Aug. 11.  For more
information about the exhibit, contact Peggy Sigler at 503-742-4540 or
peggysig at co.clackamas.or.us.

Seattle: A major exhibition opens on May 30, 2009 at the Museum of
History & Industry in Seattle that brings to light the exceptional work
from the Arts and Crafts Movement in Washington and Oregon during the
first quarter of the 20th century. The exhibition showcases significant
buildings and interiors, furniture, glass,
metalwork, ceramics, textiles, fine arts, graphics and book arts, and
photography with more than 175 objects and over 130 reproduced graphics.
Both states participated in the national Arts and Crafts Movement
encouraged by exposure at two world's fairs, Portland's Lewis & Clark
Centennial Exposition (1905) and Seattle's Alaska-Yukon-Pacific
Exposition (1909). There were significant contributions to a range of
architecture and design arts, some of the most successful strongly
influenced by the remarkable setting, climate, local raw materials,
crafts of native inhabitants, and exposure to Pacific Rim cultures.
After its Seattle showing ends Jan. 18, it will travel Washington and
Oregon for three years. For information, contact the Museum of History &
Industry at www.seattlehistory.org or (206) 324-1126
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