[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-05-12

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Tue May 12 15:19:25 PDT 2009

In this issue:
1.  Elk Lake guard station added to National Register
2.  Public TV, radio featuring preservation topics this week
3.  Preservation month fair May 29 at Capitol
4.  Living history encampment May 22-24 at Smith Rock
5.  UO students organize preservation week activities


The Elk Lake Guard Station in the Deschutes National Forest has been
added to the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1929, employees of the US Forest Service built the Elk Lake Guard
Station, described as a "simple cabin" made of logs with a wood-shingle
roof. The station is historically important as an early example of the
Forest Service's current management polices that emphasize both
recreation and natural resource conservation.

In the early-20th century, Guard Stations were constructed in remote
areas as outposts to protect timber, water, wildlife, and fish. At Elk
Lake, increasing public recreation led to the construction of a guard
station to both protect natural resources and serve visitors.  To meet
the agency*s goals, the facility was sited to allow for maximum contact
between Forest Service personnel and forest users while still allowing
backcountry access to the soon-to-be designated Three Sisters Primitive
Area. The station was one of the agency's first efforts to standardize
building appearance and its design represents the desire to construct
buildings that complemented the natural environment. 

More than 1,800 historic Oregon properties are now listed in the
National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service
under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
More information about the guard station and recent Oregon listings is
online at 


Oregon Public Broadcasting, Southern Oregon Public Television and OPB
Radio will have preservation programming this week.

At 9 a.m. May 13, OPB Radio's ThinkOutLoud program will focus on
Pendleton, one of many rural communities looking to downtown
revitalization and preservation as a key to successful economic
development.The producers promise they willl look at the realities of
Pendleton's changing downtown and explore what role it plays in the
larger community. Barbara Sidway, who has been involved in successful
efforts in Baker City, is scheduled to be among the interviewees. The
program will be publicly taped at 7 p.m. May 12 at the Pendleton Arts
Center. For more information, including blogging, visit
www.opb.org/thinkoutloud .

Meanwhile, David Liberty and Christina Sweet are two of several people
to be featured at 9 p.m. May 14 on public television stations in the
state when they broadcast an Oregon Experience  program on the Kam Wah
Chung Museum in John Day. The discovery of gold brought thousands of
Chinese to eastern Oregon in the late 1880s - including herbal doctor
Ing Hay and businessman Lung On. They practiced medicine and operated a
general store, Kam Wah Chung & Co., in John Day. The program will be
televised by both Oregon Public Broadcasting and Southern Oregon Public

Oregon Experience is a co-production of Oregon Public Broadcasting and
The Oregon Historical Society. For more information, visit www.opb.org
or www.soptv.org 


The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department will host a
Preservation Month Fair on the grounds north of the State Capitol  from
11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 29.  Organizations from around the area will provide
information about their efforts to preserve Oregon*s historic places
and offer activities. 

Oregon State Parks will offer free guided tours of the Capitol grounds,
Oregon*s newest state park, at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. State
Parks will also highlight the agency*s statewide preservation efforts,
and give kids of all ages the opportunity to create their own
*historic house* and make rubbings of cemetery markers. A.C.
Gilbert's Discovery Village, the Marion County Historical Society,
Mission Mill Museum, the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program, the City
of Salem, and the Friends of Historic Deepwood will also provide
information and activities.  

For more information about Historic Preservation Month activities
around Oregon, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Ian Johnson at
Ian.Johnson at state.or.us or (503) 986-0678.


Smith Rock State Park will host a living history encampment May 22-24
in conjunction with the state's sesquicentennial. 

Interpreters, reenactors and displays will portray the period after the
Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1805-06 until Oregon's admission to the
Union in 1859.  Presenters will include former state archaeologist Le
Gilsen Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory, members of the
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs demonstrating traditional native
crafts, Tom Laidlaw portraying trapper/explorer Peter Skene Ogden with
the Engages de la Columbia and Hudson Bay Fur Company reenactors, and
members of the Echoes in Time group demonstrating primitive skills and
tool making.

In addition, Eric Iseman and Lonny Johnson will portray the John
Fremont and Kit Carson "Great Pathfinder" Expedition of 1843 with
replica mountain howitzer, Bill Armstrong and members of the Oregon
Trail Travelers group will demonstrate pioneer life styles of the wagon
train era, the Oregon Territorial Stage Co. and members of the 1st
Oregon Volunteers will portray cavalry and infantry units of the Central
Oregon Indian War Era.  

The event requires the  state park use fee. School groups are
encouraged to attend on May 22.  For further information please contact
Paul Patton at 541 923 7551 Ext. 21 


The Associated Students for Historic Preservation at the University of
Oregon have organized a series of events for historic preservation in
the Pacific Northwest.  

>From now until Friday, there will be a display "Eugene's Most
Endangered Building Types" on display in the Wilcox Hearth in Lawrence
Hall at the University of Oregon. On May 13, a behind the scenes
architectural tour of the UO's oldest buildings will be led by Don
Peting beginning at 5:15 p.m. in Lawrence Hall. At 10 a.m. May 14, Sally
Donovan will talk about preserving historic cemeteries in Room 206
Lawrence Hall, and then lead a tour of the UO's Pioneer Cemetery at
11:30 a.m.

The week's activities will conclude on May 16 with a tour of Eugene's
historic taverns. The activity begins at 5 p.m. at Max's Tavern, 550 E.
13th Ave. 

For more information about these activities and other student efforts,
visit http://www.uoregon.edu/~ashp/ 
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