[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-02-03

Heritage Info Heritage.Info at state.or.us
Tue Feb 3 11:03:53 PST 2009

In this issue:
1. Seven covered bridges get federal help
2.  Public TV featuring two Oregon heritage programs
3.  Clackamas tourism launches telephone tales
4. More sesquicentennial events


The Federal Highway Administration has announced that seven covered
bridges in Oregon will receive grant funds from its National Historic
Covered Bridge Preservation Program.

The largest of the grants is for $1.3 million for the Chambers Covered
Bridge in Cottage Grove, and $1.1 million for the Chitwood Covered
Bridge. Smaller grants will be going to the North Fork Yachats River,
Gallon House, Nelson Mountain, Mosby Creek (Layng), and Pengra covered

The city of Cottage Grove will use the Chambers bridge grant to replace
old parts and turn the landmark into a bicycle and pedestrian bridge.
Work is scheduled to begin this summer. The Chambers railroad bridge,
built in 1925, is the only remaining covered railroad bridge west of the
Mississippi River.

Eligible uses of the FHA's covered bridge grants are the rehabilitation
or repair of a historic covered bridge, or the preservation of such a
bridge, including installation of a fire protection system, installation
of a system to prevent vandalism or arson, or relocation of a bridge to
a preservation site.

To the maximum extent practicable, projects under this program must be
carried out in the most historically appropriate manner and preserve the
existing structure of the historic covered bridge. The project must also
provide for the replacement of wooden components with wooden components
unless the use of wood is impracticable for safety reasons


The state's public television stations will show two new Oregon
Experience programs during the next couple of weeks.

Debuting Feb. 9, "The Logger's Daughter" will highlight Gwen Trice as
she searches for her family's roots in Maxville, a former logging camp
in Wallowa County. A week later on Feb. 16, "Road to Statehood" will
show how Oregon became a state in 1859. Both will also be temporarily
available online.

OPB will host two screenings of "The Logger's Daughter"  on Feb. 5 at
the Wallowa Senior Center.  The first screening at 3 p.m. is primarily
for seniors and the second at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Both
screenings are free and open to the public.

For additional information and scheduling, visit www.opb.org and


"TeleTales" has added a new dimension to cultural tourism in Clackamas

Visitors to 30 specially-signed sites throughout Oregon's Mt. Hood
Territory can use their mobile phones to access "TeleTales", an
information system featuring audio vignettes. Callers listen to the
stories by dialing 503-342-3597, any time day or night. The same MP-3
files will be available at http://www.mthoodterritory.com/teletales.jsp,
as an online map and brochure listing all TeleTale sites. 

Produced by Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the
Clackamas Heritage Partners and the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, this
project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission
and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 

For more information, contact Jae Heidenreich at the Clackamas County
Tourism & Cultural Affairs Office (Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory) at (503)
742-5910  or jh at mthoodterritory.com 


LA GRANDE: All residents and businesses in Union County are being
encouraged to stop what they are doing, step outside, join with friends,
neighbors and colleagues and sing *Happy Birthday* to Oregon at 1:50
p.m. Feb. 14. In downtown La Grande, a City fire engine will make a
celebratory trip up and down Adams Avenue ringing its siren. At 3 p.m.
in Huber Auditorium in Eastern Oregon University*s Badgley Hall
Science Center, a presentation on Madame Marie Dorian will be made by
Terry Griffith, a La Grande historian. The EOU Fiddle Ensemble will also
perform. Birthday cake and beverages will be provided by the university.
A new local blog site, www.oregon150.eoni.com, is a quick way to keep
informed of the many ways for visitors and residents to participate in
Union County. 

MONMOUTH:  The daylong interdisciplinary symposium at Western Oregon
University analyzing Oregon's history and culture with implications for
the next 150 years and beyond will take place on Feb. 13. The most
recent issue of Oregon Heritage News neglected to mention the date, and
we apologize for the omission.

PORTLAND: The Oregon 150 board of directors will conduct its first
meeting of 2009 at 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Portland Art Museum. For more
information about the meeting and Oregon 150's efforts for the statehood
sesquicentennial, visit www.oregon150.org 

SOUTHERN OREGON: Fifteen Southern Oregon museums will mark Oregon's
150th birthday with a day of open houses, exhibits and events on Feb.
14. Admission is free to all events and include receptions, reenactments
and railroad rides. Participating museums include the Jacksonville and
Children's museums, Beekman House, and Hanley Farm, all operated by the
Southern Oregon Historical Society. Other museums and sites maintained
by members of the Jackson County Heritage Association: Big Butte, Eagle
Point, Gold Hill, Lake Creek, McKee Bridge, Phoenix, Talent, Upper
Rogue, and Woodville Historical Societies; the Medford Railroad Park and
the Rogue Valley Genealogical Library will be open. For more
information, contact Charlene Brown of JCHA, at
charleenb1837 at embarqmail.com 865-3292.  A list of Jackson County
museums and their contact information is available at
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