[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-07-02

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Jul 2 10:40:19 PDT 2009

In this issue:
1.  Historic trails grants to be available
2.  Oregon Caves to celebrate its 100th anniversary
3.  Re-enactors slated in Oakridge
4.  Smith promoted to curator in Astoria
5.  Map exhibit contact information


The Oregon Community Foundation is accepting applications for grants
from its Oregon Historic Trails Fund.

In 1998, the financial assets of the Oregon Trails Coordinating Council
were transferred to OCF to establish the Oregon Historic Trails Fund,
which is dedicated for projects related to Oregon historic trails as
recognized by the Legislature in ORS 358.075. 

The purpose of the fund is to develop interpretive, educational, and
economic projects to preserve and protect the cultural and natural
resources of Oregon’s historic trails. Proposals related to
non-designated significant historic trails will be considered on a case
by case basis. Although the fund derives much of its revenue from the
sale of Oregon Trail license plates, a long-term goal is to build a
large and stable resource to support local citizen efforts that promote
public awareness of and enjoyment of the historic trails.

Grants generally average about $10,000. Applications are due Sept. 1.
For more information, visit
or contact the Community Benefit Department, The Oregon Community
Foundation, 1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100, Portland OR 97205 or phone


Oregon Caves National Monument will commemorate its 100th anniversary
July 11-12, with a special ceremony planned at 1 p.m. July 11 that will
include remarks by First Lady Mary Oberst, the Oregon congressional
delegation and special guests. The ceremony will be followed by an ice
cream social, tours of the caves, and historic exhibits in the Model
Room of the Oregon Caves Chateau.

On July 12, events include stories from the Cave Queen, a reunion of
former staff and the Oregon Cavemen, and informational booths by the
monument's partners:  BLM, USFS, Siskiyou Field Institute, Illinois
Valley V Fire Department, the Illinois Valley Arts Council and other
community groups. The celebrations are being organized by the  the
National Park Service, the Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau, and
the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization

For more information, contact the Oregon Caves National Monument at
www.nps.gov/orca , the Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau at
www.FriendsOCAC.org , or the Chateau at the Oregon Caves


The Oakridge Museum will include people re-enacting pre-statehood
government as part of its annual pioneer picnic from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July
12 at Green Waters Park. 

The actors will portray Joe Meek, Jesse Thornton and Robert Moore. For
more information, contact Del Spencer at del.spencer at yahoo.com  or
541-913-2055 or contact Wes Tiller at 541-556-0734.


The Columbia River Maritime Museum has named Jeff Smith as its new
curator, filling the position vacated by David Pearson who was recently
appointed deputy director. Smith has been employed with the museum for
10 years, most recently as associate curator. Smith has worked in
museums for 23 years, including the Oregon Historical Society and the
Clatsop County Historical Society.

Suggestions of where the exhibit of maps of early Oregon, which is now
on exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society, should be displayed can now
be sent to Patricia Krier at pkrier at uoregon.edu 
Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission,
which has its website at http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/

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