[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-06-11

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Thu Jun 11 15:35:17 PDT 2009

In this issue:
1.  Clatsop CC starting historic preservation program
2.  Japanese food culture changes in Oregon featured
3.  Oregon map exhibit begins tour in Portland
4.  Living history actors slated for Oregon Trail site
5.  Repairs close Deschutes County museum


Clatsop Community College will start a two year field-orientated
historic preservation program this fall. 

The program will prepare individuals for work in the building trades
with an emphasis on the preservation and restoration of historic and
vintage residential and commercial buildings. The program will offer
both practical hands-on construction techniques and historic
preservation theory. Students will gain the knowledge, skills and work
habits to successfully plan, then renovate and/or restore structures in
historically accurate ways utilizing both traditional and modern
materials and techniques. Graduates will be able to work as
subcontractors and general contractors specializing in renovation and
historic preservation.

Those interested in the program can contact Clatsop Community College
for more information or visit


Dave Conklin will speak about the food culture of Portland and
Japantown in the early 20th century at 7 p.m. June 18 at the Oregon
Nikkei Legacy Center, 121 NW 2nd Ave, Portland.

Conklin was recently awarded a master’s degree from Portland State
University after research on how the food cultures of the Issei and the
majority population of Portland and Oregon interacted and influenced
each other, or, in a word, “globalized.” His research concentrated
on food cultures of the Issei or “first generation.” Issei refers to
the group of Japanese who emigrated to the United States between the
1880s and 1924.

Portland’s Japanese food scene in the years before World War II
featured restaurants, food manufacturers, and grocery stores. Culinary
cross-cultural interaction and influence between the Japanese community
and the larger Portland population was pervasive, and interest in the
food and drink of Japan increased dramatically after the Lewis and Clark
Exposition of 1905.

For more information, contact www.oregonnikkei.org or 503 224 1458.


"Tracking Oregon’s Boundaries—Maps from 1802 – 1861" will be on
display at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., until Aug.
In honor of the 150th anniversary of Oregon’s statehood (February 14,
1859), the University of Oregon Office of Public and Government Affairs
and Museum of Natural & Cultural History produced this exhibit of
historical Pacific Northwest maps.  Created during the nineteenth
century, these documents chart changing perceptions of the region as the
western world came to know it through exploration, trade, and

The exhibit chronicles map-making activity by governments,
missionaries, explorers, entrepreneurs, and settlers, each with their
own interests and biases.  The exhibit illustrates how maps both
represent and guide perceptions and ambitions, as well as charting
emergent political boundaries.

Curated by map expert  Jim Walker and designed by Kuri Gill, the
display consists of 30 maps and text. The display opened at the state
capitol in February and will travel the state. Suggestions of where the
exhibit should be displayed and contacts of those who might be
interested should be sent to Walterk at uoregon.edu 


Living history actors Daniel Slosberg and Karen Haas will be at the
National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center at Baker City this

Slosberg presents a program June 12-15 about Pierre Cruzatte, a
French-Canadian frontiersman, boatman, and fiddler on the Lewis and
Clark Expedition. Slosberg plays original fiddle tunes from the era and
shares stories from the expedition. Slosberg’s presentations are
scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day indoors in the Leo
Adler Theater.

Haas will bring portrayals of several of the pioneers June 19-22.  In
addition, she will offer a special evening “campfire” program and a
storytelling workshop on June 19. Her portrayals are scheduled in the
Leo Adler Theater at 11 a.m. June 19, and 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30
p.m. June 20-22. 

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the
Bureau of Land Management, is located five miles east of Baker City on
Highway 86. Take Exit 302 from I-84. The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6
p.m. daily. Visit www.oregontrail.blm.gov for more information about the
Center, or call 541-523-1843 for updates on programs and events.


The Des Chutes Historical Museum will be closed to the public until
July 3 for floor refinishing. The project will focus on replacing tile
flooring in the second floor exhibit rooms. The museum was closed
earlier this year while the wood floors on the first and second floors
were refinished.

"Reid School is the museum's largest artifact. While we would prefer to
close during the slower winter months, the money to make these much
needed repairs is available now," said the museum's executive director
Kelly Cannon-Miller. For more information, call 541-389-1813.
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