[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-07-01

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Jul 1 14:28:03 PDT 2009

In this issue:
1. OHS to receive reduced state funding
2.  Preservation field school marks 15th anniversary
3.  Events planned at Aurora, Baker City, Central Point, Westport
4.  Fort Vancouver leader given two awards
5.  Des Chutes museum to partially re-open


Among the last bills passed by the Oregon Legislature before
adjournment was SB 961, which authorizes a “Pacific Wonderland”
license plate and divides the net revenue after expenses between the
Oregon State Capitol Foundation and the Oregon Historical Society. 
License plate revenue should be about $633,000 in 2009-11 and a little
more than that in 2011-13.  Because of startup time for plate design,
recovery of initial costs, etc., OHS is unlikely to see plate revenue
before 2010, according to executive director George Vogt.  

Earlier, both houses passed the “Christmas Bush” bill, which
contained a biennial appropriation of $625,000 for OHS.  OHS's 2007-09
biennial appropriation (before rescissions) was $2.8 million.  Governor
Ted Kulongoski recommended $1.25 million for this biennium, and the
co-chairs of Ways and Means Committee recommended zero. 

Vogt thanked OHS members and friends for their support during the


This summer marks the 15th annual Pacific Northwest Preservation Field
School, a tri-state sponsored program offered as part of the University
of Oregon¹s historic preservation program.
The field school is an opportunity for preservation professionals,
landscape architects, contractors and other skilled artisans to work
with university students and faculty members to study building types and
heritage sites found in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon,
Washington and Idaho.
The five one-week sessions in August and September will take place at
three sites. The Oregon State Fair Fairgrounds' historic poultry
building, Silver Falls State Park and the Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon
House in Silverton will host sessions, each consisting of seminars,
workshops and hands-on experience in different aspects of preservation.
Registration is open based on space availability with priority given to
early registration. Participants can earn two undergraduate or graduate
credit hours from the UO for each one-week session. Previous
preservation and building conservation skills aren't required.
Applications and additional information can be found at
http://hp.uoregon.edu/fieldschools  or by emailing pnwfs at uoregon.edu .


Aurora:  "Piecing Together Community:  Communal Arts and Crafts" is a
program sponsored by the Aurora Colony Historical Society examining the
expression of the communal spirit as represented in a range of arts and
crafts of Oregon's intentional communities, from the basketry,
furniture, and quilts of the  Aurora Colony to the photography and
artwork of recent communal groups.  The free program begins at 1 p.m.
July 5 in the courtyard of the Aurora Colony Museum, 15018 Second St,
Annette James, longtime chairperson of the Aurora quilt show; Jane
Kirkpatrick, author of "Aurora:  An American Experience in Quilt,
Community and Craft,";  and
Linda Long, manuscripts librarian at the University of Oregon, will
speak. For more information, visit 

Baker City:  Traditional American music of the west will be featured
July 11-12 at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
Starting at 10 a.m. and continuing through 6 p.m. each day, hourly
performances rotate between the Leo Adler Theater indoors, and the
outdoor amphitheater.  Phillip Charette of Baker City,  Tim Misner of
Corvallis,  Linda Russell of New York,  Phil and Vivian Williams from
Seattle, Doug Tracy of Portland, and The High Strung Band of Cove will
perform. Russell will provide a workshop at 1 p.m. July 11 on
traditional pioneer songs, 19th century instruments, and basic singing
techniques for leading sing-alongs.  Pre-registration for the workshop
is required; please call 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.Visit oregontrail.blm.gov for more information about the center, or
541-523-1843 for updates on programs and events.  

Central Point:    A dedication will be held at 11 a.m. July 11 for the
Beall Black Walnut Tree which was planted in 1864 in Central Point.
Robert Vinton Beall, who arrived in Oregon in 1852,  planted this
sapling Black Walnut tree in the yard of his newly constructed house
east of Jacksonville. The tree is now one of the largest black walnut
trees in the United States and the house on the National Register of
Historic Places. Beall started packing supplies to Southern Oregon
miners established trade routes between Jacksonville and Crescent City.
He became a successful farmer and by 1900 was planting pears. For more
information, visit the Oregon Travel Information Council website at
http://www.oregontic.com/heritage/trees.php or phone 503-373-0870. 

Westport:  The 103rd Oregon historical marker will be dedicated at 11
a.m. July 14 at the Bradley Wayside State Park off of Highway 30, about
four miles west of Westport. This marker commemorates John West who
co-founded the Westport Cannery around 1857, which was the first cannery
on the Oregon shore of the Columbia
River. West also invented an automated can filling machine and was
extensively involved in logging and lumber exports. The John West label
for canned foods lives on today as John West Foods Ltd. of Liverpool,
Great Britain, a subsidiary of H.J. Heinz Co. For more information about
the event or the Historical marker program please contact Annie Von
Domitz of the Oregon Travel Information Council, annie at oregontic.com.


Tracy Fortmann, superintendent of Fort Vancouver National Historic
Site, has been given the Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award for Cultural Resource
Stewardship in the National Park Service's  Pacific West Region, as well
as the 2008 Pacific West Region Superintendent of the Year for Cultural
Resource Stewardship. The region includes 54 units of the national park
system in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Hawaii and the Pacific

"She is being recognized for her leadership at Fort Vancouver," said
regional director Jon Jarvis, "in building a strong cultural resource
program that works with multiple
partners within the Vancouver National Historical Reserve and beyond in
the Portland-Vancouver area to preserve and interpret the multi-layered
prehistory and history of the Reserve."


The Des Chutes Historical Museum will partially reopen July 4. As
tradition, there will be free ice cream cups while they last. The Des
Chutes Historical Museum opened July 4, 1980, in historic Reid School in
downtown Bend, and sees its anniversary as an opportunity to thank the
community for its support. This year has seen fresh renovations to the
building, which had to close for floor repairs during June. Work still
continues on the second floor of the museum, which will remain closed. 
For more information, visit www.deschuteshistory.org  or call
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