[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-04-30

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Apr 30 15:25:25 PDT 2009

In this issue:
1.  Grant-planning workshop takes place May 27
2.  Marker to be unveiled on May 7
3.  Hamrick to be honored in May presentation
4.  Events set for Cannon Beach, Cottage Grove, Newport, Portland
5.  McLoughlin group to mark centennial


"Designing Projects for Successful Grants" is a workshop that will be
presented at 2 p.m. May 27 at the Roseburg City Hall, 900 SE Douglas
Ave. Participants will learn tips on designing projects and writing for
successful grants. While the information will help with any grant, the
emphasis of the workshop will be on the Oregon Heritage Grants, the
Oregon Museum Grants and the Historic Cemeteries Grants offered by
Heritage Programs of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To register
or for more information contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill at state.or.us or
(503) 986-0685.


The Vanport Historical Marker will be officially unveiled at 10 a.m.
May 7 at the Portland International Raceway, North Expo Road and
Broadacre. The marker commemorates what was once Oregon's second largest
city that was washed away in a terrific flood in 1948.

Vanport, nicknamed Kaiserville, was a World War II boomtown established
in 1942-43 on the south bank of the Columbia River by industrialist
Henry Kaiser. Kaiser persuaded the Federal Maritime Commission to fund
the nation's largest housing project to house all of his new shipyard
employees and their families coming to Vancouver and Portland. At a time
when most workers in the United States had no health insurance, Kaiser
partnered with a group of doctors to provide prepaid health care. 
Today's Kaiser Permanente grew out of that wartime health plan.   

The Oregon Travel Information Council underwrites the maintenance of
more than 100 historical markers and coordinates the development of new
markers with the all volunteer run Historical marker Committee. To find
out more about the program please contact Annie Von Domitz at
annie at oregontic.com. 

For more information about Vanport and its history, or Kaiser
Permanente's role, please contact Jim Gersbach at jim.n.gersbach at kp.org
or at (503) 571-4001. 


Longtime historic preservation leader and advocate James Hamrick has
been chosen to receive the 2009 McMath Award.  Hamrick served for 25
years in guiding and leading the state of Oregon*s heritage
conservation efforts.  The award is given each year by the University of
Oregon and Venerable Group, Inc. to an individual who exhibits life-long
commitment to historic preservation.  This year*s presentation of the
award will be held on May 28 at a luncheon at the White Stag Block, 70
N.W. Couch St., Portland. 

An Alabama native, Hamrick received a master*s in the history of
architecture from the UO in 1979 and was hired by the Oregon State
Preservation Office.  Hamrick worked for the Oregon State Historic
Preservation Office in various posts, all with increasing responsibility
for guiding preservation policy and programs at the state and national

As Oregon Parks and Recreation Department*s assistant director of the
Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, Hamrick managed or was a
member of policy-making and advisory organizations, including the
Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee, Oregon Heritage
Commission, Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council, State Advisory
Committee on Historic Preservation, and Oregon Commission on Historic

He is a past board member of the National Conference of State Historic
Preservation Officers, and past Vice President of the Marion Dean Ross
Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Although he retired
in July, Hamrick continues to work for Oregon 150, the non-profit
organization charged by Governor Kulongoski with coordinating the 2009
Oregon Sesquicentennial.

The award honors the late George McMath, a preservationist and
architect, who is widely remembered as one of the most important figures
in the preservation and restoration of Portland's historic buildings. 
Proceeds from the McMath Award luncheon provide financial aid for
university students enrolled in the master*s program in historic
preservation.  For more information or to reserve tickets, contact


Cannon Beach: Lars Nordstrom will speak on the *Scandinavian Heritage
of the Oregon Coast* at 7:30 p.m. May 13 at the Cannon Beach History
Center and Museum The program is free to the public. Nordstrom is the
editor of "Swedes of Oregon." Nordstrom divides his time between growing
wine grapes and writing and translating literature, as well as giving
talks on various Swedish-American subjects. He has published prose,
poetry, translations, interviews, articles, and scholarly materials in
Sweden, Norway, Finland, Canada, Japan and the United States. The Cannon
Beach History Center and Museum is located at the corner of Spruce and
Sunset. For information, call (503) 436-9301.

Cottage Grove: The Cottage Grove Historical Society will unveil its new
"old-fashioned" McFarland Cemetery sign at noon May 9  as a part of the
state's "Take Care of Oregon Days".   The Mayor will present some
insight into the significance of cemetery to the pioneer families and
the Native Americans of the Cottage Grove area.  The McFarland Cemetery
was established in 1863 and is located just off North River Road at
Holly Avenue and Kalapuya Way.  For more information, you may call Lloyd
Williams of the Cottage Grove Historical Society at (541)942-1310.

Newport: A free showing of the documentary, "Politics of Sand: The
Battle to Save Oregon*s Beaches for the Public," is scheduled for 2
p.m.May 3 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. The film chronicles the
100-year battle to keep Oregon*s beaches public. It covers three major
legislative events: Gov. Oswald West*s 1913 bill to designate Oregon's
beaches as public highways; the 1967 Oregon Beach Bill supported by Gov.
Tom McCall; and the 1968 campaign, known as Measure 6, which was
proposed to secure the rights in Oregon's state Constitution. Sponsors
of the film include the Friends of Hatfield Marine Science Center,
Lincoln County Historical Society, Coast Watch, and Surfrider
Foundation. The Hatfield Marine Science Center is located at 2030 SE
Marine Science Dr. (south side of Yaquina Bay Bridge). For more
information, call 541-265-7509 or 541-867-0226.

Newport: Community members are invited to assist with the South Beach
Cemetery clean-up from 9 a.m.-noon May 9. To sign up, call the Lincoln
County Historical Society at 541-265-7509.

Portland: Karla Pearlstein, chair of the Architectural Heritage
Center's kitchen revival tour, will explain the evolution of the modern
kitchen from the late 19th to the mid-20th century at 10 a.m. May 2 at
the center. Using images from period magazines, brochures, and
catalogues, this program will provide an understanding of how kitchens
evolved from a water pump, a few pieces of free standing furniture, and
a wood cook stove to the built-in cabinetry and sporty chrome and enamel
that became widespread from the 1930s onward. At 10 a.m. May 9, Wade
Freitag, owner of Craftsman Design and Renovation, will how green
building encompasses the entire design and building process - from the
preservation of existing buildings and materials, to an emphasis on
quality craftsmanship, and the use of environmentally friendly and
sustainable new building materials. Pre-registration is suggested for
both presentations. To reserve a spot, call 503.231.7264 or visit


The McLoughlin Memorial Association will celebrate its 100th
anniversary and the moving of the McLoughlin House, 713 Center St.,
Oregon City. The event begins at 1 p.m. May 9 and includes honoring
former Congresswoman Darlene Hooley and the generations of volunteers
who have preserved the McLoughlin House. Beginning at noon the same day,
there will be a display and demonstration of antique buttons. The
McLoughlin house is a part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
For additional information about either event, contact the McLoughlin
Memorial Association at its website www.mcloughlinhouse.org or phone
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