[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-03-10

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Tue Mar 10 10:26:10 PDT 2009

In this issue:
1.  Ten sessions offered Friday morning at Extravaganza
2.  Scholarship applications available
3.  Events planned in five cities
4.  Job opening in Portland


Sessions related to women's suffrage commemorations, the African American experience in Eugene, legal and archaeological perspectives of the Oregon Country, history education, dealing with the recent past, and horse herds importance to local economies are among the ten that will be presented during the third morning (April 17) of the Northwest History and Heritage Extravaganza. The panels will include nearly three dozen scholars and practitioners sharing their knowledge and skills.

The Northwest History and Heritage Extravaganza will take place April 15-18 in Portland. The event combines the 10th Oregon Heritage Conference, the 62nd annual Pacific Northwest History Conference, and the annual meetings of the Northwest Oral History Association and the Northwest Archivists. 

The Extravaganza will inform and inspire people. Attendees will include community leaders, staff and volunteers from historical societies, museums, historic cemeteries, ethnic organizations, schools, historic preservation commissions, humanities groups, the tourism industry, economic development, history buffs and professional historians, archaeologists, youth, and local, tribal, state and federal governments.

The conference website, which contains information about all of the planned presentations and a registration form, is located at http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Conference.shtml

The primary conference location will be the Portland Airport Holiday Inn. The hotel will offer until March 23 a special Extravaganza/Conference rate for lodging during the event.  To make a reservation, contact 1-800-315-2621 and ask for the Oregon Heritage Conference/Northwest History and Heritage Extravaganza rate.


Applications for the 2009 Elisabeth Walton Potter Historic Preservation Advocacy and Education Awards are now being sought from Oregonians who have a special interest in learning how to complement their community's historic preservation efforts.

Each year the State Historic Preservation Office provides these monetary awards to assist recipients meet travel expenses associated with attending a historic preservation-related conference or workshop. The intended purpose of the awards is to enhance the work of local preservationists by providing access to organizational conferences and other gatherings that focus on issues, methods and other resources valuable to community-level preservation projects. Individual citizens as well as representatives from local landmarks commissions, non-profit groups and governmental agencies are encouraged to apply.

Deadline to submit applications is May 22.

To learn more about the award recipient selection criteria and to download an application (PDF), visit  www.oregonheritage.org . If you have any questions, contact David Bogan at (503) 986-0671 or David.Bogan at state.or.us 


CRESWELL: The Creswell Area Historical Society will present the film "A South Road to Oregon: The History of the Applegate Trail" at 2:30 p.m. March 22 at the museum at Fifth and Oregon avenues. In addition, Walter Heeron will talk about the 1/6 scale wooden models of trail wagons that he makes. 

OREGON CITY:  A demonstration of the Victorian craft of hair jewelry will be demonstrated from noon- 4 p.m. March 14 at the McLoughlin House, a unit of the Fort Vancouver Historic Site, 713 Center St. For more information about the free event, contact  503-656-5146.

PENDLETON: The Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, 72789 Highway 331, will feature demonstrations of bow-making and construction techniques at 2 p.m. March 14. Kent McAdoo, a natural resources officer with the University of Nevada Extension Service, will show the variety of materials used to make bows. In North America, the earliest bowyers employed materials at hand to fashion these highly functional weapons that were very powerful and accurate in the hands of a skilled archer.  For more information about the free event, contact 541-966-9748 or http://www.tamastslikt.org 

PHILOMATH: Patricia Benner, scheduled to lecture in the Benton County Historical Society's Benton Lecture series on March 16, has updated her topic to "The Hannah and Eliza Gorman Story: Black Pioneers of 1844". This story of a mother and daughter who came to Oregon over the Oregon Trail as slaves of John Thorpe has special significance to Benner: she and her husband saved the Gorman home, one of the oldest in the City of Corvallis. Benner will give further details about her current
research on this historically-significant family. The lectures begin at 10 a.m.; coffee is served at 9:30 a.m. at the museum, 1101 Main St. Call the museum at 541-929-6230 for more information or visit www.bentoncountymuseum.org.

SALEM: Mission Mill Museum will offer a 3-day blacksmith course on March 21, March 28 and April 4.  This course also teaches how to fire up the forge and shut it down, add twist to straight rods, do basic forge welding, and make square nails.  Advance registration is required. Class size is limited to four with a minimum age of 18.  For more information please call 503-585-7012 or visit the Mission Mill website at http://www.missionmill.org <http://www.missionmill.org/> .


The Oregon Nikkei Endowment seeks a director of exhibits and collections (30 hrs/week). The position involves overall supervision and management for all exhibits and collections sponsored by Oregon Nikkei Endowment. A complete description of the job and application process is available at 
http://www.oregonnikkei.org/jobs.htm For other information, contact executive director Mari Watanabe at 503-224-1458.
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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