[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-01-07

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Wed Jan 7 09:14:31 PST 2009

Happy New Year!

In this issue:
1.  In Multnomah County, everybody's reading
2.  Sesquicentennial exhibit to open in Capitol
3.  Vale, Cave Junction residents appointed to cemeteries board
4.  Archaeology for the curious series offered


Multnomah County will inaugurate its participation in the 2009 Oregon
Reads activity with several activities next week. The activities are
part of a statewide effort to have all Oregonians read the same book
during the year. The book chosen is Lauren Kessler's "Stubborn Twig:
Three Generations of a Japanese-American Family."

Kessler will speak at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in Portland State
University's Smith Memorial Union Ballroom about the book. Her
presentation is a partnership of the PSU Library and the PSU Department
of English. In addition, the Oregon Nikkei Endowment will present a
traveling exhibit that shares the history of the Nikkei community in
Oregon. The new exhibit, along with the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's
exhibit "Window on  a Community: Nikkei Farmers of the Hood River Area,"
will travel statewide beginning in mid-February and be shown at urban
and rural libraries.

Other Multnomah County activities include a public reading of Stubborn
Twig facilitated by Sandy Sampson, MFA candidate in Art and Social
Practice at Portland State University. Sampson and friends will read
Stubborn Twig out loud and from cover to cover from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan.
13 and Jan. 14 in the Central Library's Collins Gallery. 

The library is also hosting a kimono workshop Feb. 1 and Feb. 14, as
well as a Japanese tea demonstration on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22. For more
information on these and other activities, visit
http://www.multcolib.org/reads/ or www.oregonnikkei.org 


"Oregon: 150 Years of Statehood; 150 Million Years in the Making" is a
new exhibit opening Jan. 12 at the Oregon State Capitol. The opening
ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Produced by the Oregon Historical Society, the exhibit shows how
geological processes have been building Oregon for more than 150 million
years. It shows how geology has crafted Oregon's landscape and natural
resources, and continues to shape the land and the lives of its citizen.
Many iconic landscapes such as Crater Lake, Multnomah Falls and the
Painted Hills display the geologic splendor. The exhibit also discusses
the people who learned how to read that landscape.

Collaborating with OHS on the exhibit are the Oregon State University
Department of Geosciences, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral
Industries, Oregon Paleo Lands Institute, OSU Hatfield Marine Science
Center, Portland State University, and the Oregon Department of Energy.
The exhibit is sponsored by the James F. and Marion L. Miller
Foundation, the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation, and the Ford Family


Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Tim Wood has appointed
Kendell Phillips of Cave Junction and Lynn Reagan of Vale to the Oregon
Commission on Historic Cemeteries. 
Phillips has long experience with local museums and cemeteries, with an
emphasis on genealogical records. Reagan is a school administrator with
personal interest in cemeteries and knowledge of Malheur County history.
*The commission is pleased to welcome these enthusiastic individuals
to the group,* said Chair Judy Juntunen of Corvallis. *They bring
ideas and skills to enhance the resources offered by the commission and
the historic cemeteries program.*

The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries supports OPRD
historic cemetery preservation efforts by offering training, educational
resources, coordination and grants. Its other members are Robert Keeler
of Portland, Diana LaSarge of Pendleton, Col-Lea Lane of Yachats and
Dirk Siedlecki of Jacksonville. For more information about the
commission and the historic cemeteries program visit
www.oregonheritage.org or contact Historic Cemeteries Program
Coordinator, Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill at state.or.us or (503) 986-0685.


The Oregon Archaeological Society will offer its series of training
classes, Archaeology for the Curious, during the next few months. The
sessions are taught by experienced regional professionals from
organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land
Management, and the University of Oregon. The program is co-sponsored by
the Washington County Museum and Portland Community College.

The first two sessions will be held from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Jan. 31 and
Feb. 14 at the Rock Creek Campus of Portland Community College in
Building 7, Rm. 121. Topics include archaeology basics as well as
information on artifacts, laws and ethics, Northwest archaeology and
rock art, site stewardship and volunteering. Additional hands-on
training classes in field excavation, cataloging and laboratory methods,
compass reading and site mapping will be held on the four consecutive
Saturdays between Feb. 21 and March 14. Class size is limited for the
last four sessions.

To register, visit www.oregonarchaeological.org/training  or contact
Steve Satterthwaite at (503) 824-2264 or oas.basictraining at gmail.com 
Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission,
which invites you to attend the Northwest History and Heritage
Extravaganza April 15-18 in Portland.

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