[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-12-01

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Tue Dec 1 15:48:10 PST 2009

In this issue:
1.  Heritage Excellence Award nominations available
2.  Alameda house added to National Register
3.  Film follows Chinese cemetery journey
4.  Museum to offer sneak preview of new site
5.  Sesquicentennial bookazines offered for free
6.  Lead archivist position opening


Somewhere in communities all across the state there are examples of
excellence for efforts on behalf of Oregon's heritage, and the Oregon
Heritage Commission and State Historic Preservation Office wish to
recognize those individuals, businesses and organizations for such
outstanding efforts.

Nominations are encouraged for exceptional and meritorious work;
special consideration is given to the development of new ideas,
approaches and innovations in heritage-related activities. The Oregon
Heritage Excellence Awards are also intended to honor those who have
made the most from available resources and skills.

Award nominations should be postmarked no later than Jan. 20. A
complete nomination package, which includes an application and other
supporting material, is available at 
http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/award_info.shtml . The site also
lists previous Heritage Excellence Award recipients.

The 2010 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards will be presented at an
Oregon Heritage Regional Roundup April 9 by the Oregon Parks and
Recreation Department's Heritage Programs Division.


The State Historic Preservation Office has announced that the Edward
and Bertha Keller House in Portland’s Alameda neighborhood is
Oregon’s latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places.

Constructed in 1924, the Keller House is important as an example of the
early works of master designer Elmer E. Feig and the English Cottage
Revival style. Feig began his career in 1921 when he obtained a building
contractor license while employed by the City of Portland Buildings
Bureau as a plans examiner. Feig’s early work included a handful of
homes, but he quickly transitioned to apartment buildings where he
creatively merged a variety of European-revival styles such as Tudor,
Spanish Colonial, Mediterranean, and California Mission. Among his
commissions are 24 properties noted in the Portland Historic Resource
Inventory as “having architectural merit” and the National
Register-listed Spanish Colonial Revival-style Santa Barbara Apartments
built in 1928.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation
recommended the building’s nomination in June 2009. More than 500
historic Portland properties are now listed in the National Register,
which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of
the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. 

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings
is online at http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/index.shtml  


The Portland State University Friends of History will sponsor showing
of Ivy Lin's 2009 documentary "Come Together Home" at 7 p.m. Dec 4.
The showing will take place at the 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St.,
Portland. A discussion with the director will follow the showing of the
film which is free and open to the public. 
The first wave of Chinese immigrants started to arrive in Portland in
1850, working as railroad workers, launderers, loggers and cannery
workers. Their work and industry helped to build the city of Portland
and the state of Oregon. The documentary "Come Together Home" retraces
the final journey of disinterred remains of early Chinese immigrants
from Portland to Hong Kong, as taken by Lin herself. 
The first Chinese burial ground in Portland was situated in Block 14 in
Lone Fir Cemetery.   Block 14 is a fenced-off area of gravel and dirt;
most of the remains were exhumed and shipped back to China in 1928 and
1949. Lin made a trip to China via Hong Kong to learn what happened to
the remains, and in the process learned about the contributions made to
Oregon by early Chinese immigrants.
The Friends of History is a group of volunteers who believe that the
Department of History at PSU offers a strong program worthy of community
attention and support.  For more information, visit


The Oregon Jewish Museum is moving to 1953 NW Kearney St. The official
opening date will be Dec. 20, but leaders, workers and board members of
heritage organizations are invited to attend a tour and light buffet
Dec. 18 of the new facility. To reserve a space, contact 503-226-3600 or
judy at ojm.org    


The final Oregon 150 bookazines that feature more than 120 pages of
articles and photographs of Oregon's history are being offered free to
museums and other cultural heritage organizations. 

Reservations Northwest and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
will send boxes of bookazines to your organization for free. Each box
contains 38 copies of the publication. Only full boxes will be shipped.
To place your order, send an email to sheri.miller at state.or.us saying
how many boxes you would like and where you would like them shipped.

Supplies are limited.


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is seeking an experienced archivist who
will be responsible for both the management of our archives and the
on-going archival work associated with them. Applications are due Dec.
15. For more information, visit
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