[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-02-12

Heritage Info Heritage.Info at state.or.us
Thu Feb 12 16:20:33 PST 2009

In this issue:
1.  First Courier of year available online
2.  New exhibit to open in Oregon City
3.  Wood workshop deadline Feb. 27
4.  More sesquicentennial events, exhibits


The first edition of Heritage Programs' Cultural Heritage Courier for
2009 is now posted on our website for your reading pleasure. It's a more
compact issue this time; however, the cover story written by historian
Ian Johnson, one of SHPO's National Register and Survey coordinators, is
an in-depth piece on architecture of the "recent past." You'll see more
of his coverage on this subject in subsequent issues of the Courier.
Also, look for an article that discusses the new "Main Street" program.
The rest of this issue is filled with great information and updates
relating to the work done by Heritage Programs of the Oregon Parks and
Recreation Department.

You can find the link to the Courier at www.oregonheritage.org (under
"News and Events," right side of page), and since there are only two
days remaining to take the OPRD-Heritage Programs web site improvement
survey, you will see its link on our home page as well (top center of
the page). We hope you'll get a chance to provide us with your valuable


The exhibit "Sharing the Willamette Valley: Life Before & After the
Great Migration" will open Feb. 17 at the End of the Oregon Trail
Interpretive Center & 
Museum of the Oregon Territory in Oregon City.

The coming of the Great Migration in 1843 changed the Willamette Valley
forever.  The arrival of nearly 1,000 immigrants foreshadowed thousands
more to come in the next decades.  But what was life like here before
they arrived?  Who lived here, and how did they interact with each
other?  The way the immigrants related to those people already living in
the region set the foundation for the formation of the state of Oregon. 
Visitors will explore the experiences of pioneers prior to their Oregon
Trail journey at the Interpretive Center. The Museum of the Oregon
Territory will feature artifacts and stories pertaining to the
pioneers* lives as settlers in the Oregon Territory. 

The Interpretive Center & Museum of the Oregon Territory are open from
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. A third Oregon City heritage site, the
Stevens-Crawford House, is open noon-4 p.m Wednesday-Saturday. For more
information, contact 503.657.9336 x114


The Northwest chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology is
presenting a historic wood workshop from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 14 in
Seattle. Presentation
topics will include wood and historic preservation; pathological
tendencies of wood; environmental replacement options; evaluation and
analysis options; wood repair, restoration and replication; and
structural and seismic upgrades. Technical sessions will be augmented
with an historical case study and a walking tour of wood construction
examples on the UW campus. 

To register or for more information, contact Tyler Sprague, UW,
tylersprague at gmail.com, 206.369.2028; or Rhoda Lawrence, BOLA,
rlawrence at bolarch.com,

The association is a cross-disciplinary, membership organization
dedicated to promoting the best technology and practices for conserving
historic structures and their settings. Members include
preservationists, architects, engineers, conservators, consultants,
contractors, craftspersons, curators, developers, educators, historians,
landscape architects, students, technicians, and other persons directly
involved in the application of methods and materials to maintain,
conserve, and protect historic structures and sites for future use and


PORTLAND:  The Oregon History Museum will offer free admission Feb.
14-15 to its exhibits, guest speakers, music and cake.  *We as
Oregonians are proud to celebrate Oregon, not just on its birthday, but
all year long,* noted George Vogt, executive director, Oregon
Historical Society.  *Rich with history, Oregon reaches a grand
milestone this year.* The activities include the display of the Oregon
Constitution, a children's story time, tours of "Oregon, My Oregon",,
and a Lincoln performance. For a complete list of current and upcoming
exhibits and their dates, visitor information and more, visit

SILVERTON:  At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16, the Silverton Historical Society will
host a playing of the 1959 Stan Freberg Radio Musical Comedy, "Oregon!
Oregon! A Centennial Fable in Three Acts." Prior to the musical, SHS
member Gus Frederick will discuss the background the 25-minute radio
musical, created for the Oregon Centennial in 1959. "Oregon! Oregon!"
was written and performed by radio comedian Stan Freberg, specifically
for the 1959 Oregon Centennial. For more information, call 503-873-7070,
(Tuesdays 10-3 pm), or visit  http://www.silvertonmuseum.com/ 

TILLAMOOK: Tillamook County Pioneer Museum has opened a new exhibit
"Oregon at Statehood: Local Legends, Lifestyles and Lincoln", with the
grand opening slated for Feb. 14. The exhibit includes a revamped Native
American Room that showcases legends of the Tillamook tribes. The
Pioneer Gallery features histories of families that moved Tillamook Bay
area prior to statehood. The main gallery has artifacts that were
presented to the museum when it was founded in the 1930's. For more
information, call 503-842-4553 or visit www.tcpm.org 
Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission,
which can be contacted at heritage.info at state.or.us 

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