[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-08-06

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Aug 6 11:16:18 PDT 2009

In this issue:
1. Wagons galore during next couple of weeks
2.  Pioneer women photographers focus of Jackson County talk
3.  Humanities Council seeks Conversations Project applications
4.  Obsidian uses to be shown Aug. 15 at OHS
5.  House tour planned for Astoria on Aug. 16
6.  Historic Assessment Review Committee to meet Aug. 14


Wagon train re-enactments of 1959 and 2009 will be the focus of events
during the next couple of weeks.

In Independence, from Aug. 13-15, the Oregon Cavalcade of 1959 will be
honored. Participants of the 1959 cavalcade from Independence, Mo., to
Independence, Ore., will have their final reunion on dates matching
their original arrival in Independence 50 years ago. Pioneering
activities, music, a beard-growing contest and other events are planned
by the Heritage Museum of Independence.  For more information on the
weekend, visit http://orheritage.org/oregon/heritage/museum/C31/ or
phone 503.838.4989.

The Independence event is the destination of a wagon train that left
Yoncalla on Aug. 2 that will travel through Douglas, Lane, Linn and
Marion counties. Details of its schedule are at

Meanwhile, a wagon train is making its way across eastern Oregon.  It
is scheduled to arrive Aug. 15 at the National Historic Oregon Trail
Interpretive Center at Baker City on its route to The Dalles. The route
near Baker City will be along Ruckles Creek Road on Virtue Flat, roughly
following a segment of the Oregon Trail used in the 1860’s by
early-day miners and settlers to Baker Valley. The wagon train will camp
Aug. 14 on the eastern end of Ruckles Creek Road.

On Aug. 15, after a trek of nine miles the wagons before camping along
Highway 86 across from the Interpretive Center. Visitors may hike the
entire nine miles, or try a  2.5 mile trek. The full walk begins at 8
a.m., the 2.5 mile walk starts at 1 p.m.. A shuttle bus from the top
parking lot of the Interpretive Center will take walkers to drop-off
points. Visitors may view or photograph the wagon train from a view
point at the top of Flagstaff Hill, with wagons being in range around
1-2 p.m. Living history presentations will also take place at the

For more information about the Wagon Train, contact the Interpretive
Center at 541-523-1843. The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive
Center, operated by the
Bureau of Land Management, is located 5 miles east of Baker City, on
Highway 86. Take Exit 302 from I-84.


Suzanne M.M. Warner, curator of collections at the Southern Oregon
Historical Society, will speak about women photographers in the West
from 1870-1920 at a free brown bag luncheon at noon Aug. 12 in the
Ashland Public Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.  She will explore the
challenges and successes of photography at the turn of the last century.
 For more information, contact the Ashland Library at 541-774-6996.


"The Conversation Project: A New Chautauqua,"  a new project of the
Oregon Council for the Humanities, offers Oregon nonprofits free
programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging
conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's
future. Conversations are facilitated by some of Oregon's most respected
humanities scholars. This inaugural season features 17 programs that
span diverse topics, including friendship, the future of rural
communities, media literacy, reimagining the American prison system, and
many others. 

Conversation Project programs are designed for adult audiences, and
programs must be open to the public. OCH does not fund events that are
exclusively classroom- or campus-based, part of private or members-only
meetings, or for scholar-facilitators at their home institutions.
Conversation Project programs may not be used in conjunction with
fundraisers or benefits. 

Nonprofits can apply until Sept. 30 for programs that will take place
Nov. 1-Feb. 28.  For additional information about the program, visit the
OCH website at http://www.oregonhum.org/  or contact Anne Dubinsky at
(503) 241-0543, ext. 116 or adubinsky at oregonhumanities.org 


The Clatsop County Historical Society presents its Astoria Historic
Homes Tour from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 16. There will be six homes on
this tour, including Astoria's oldest home which was built in 1852 by
Captain Hiram Brown. Another home on the tour was prominently featured
in a popular movie, but you will have to take the tour to find out which
one. Tickets can be purchased in advance at  the Flavel Carriage House
Visitor's Center, 714 Exchange St. or by calling 503-325-2203. For more
information, call 503-325-2203 or e-mail: cchs at cumtux.org .

Oregon’s Historic Assessment Review Committee will meet Aug. 14 at
10:00 a.m. to consider the final judicial ruling in a contested case
hearing involving the historic O'Kane House in Bend.   
The meeting will be held at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
headquarters in the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St NE, Room
146, in Salem.  Public visitors are required to check in at the
department’s first-floor reception desk.
The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special
accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling
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