[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-05-18

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Mon May 18 13:52:58 PDT 2009

In this issue:
1.  Halfway goes the distance with centennial
2.  Presentations set in Eugene, Government Camp, Reedsport
3.  Deschutes County planning Oregon 150 weekend 
4.  AASLH offers scholarships to national meeting


Halfway*s 100th birthday celebration is this week, and Mayor Sheila
Farwell wants to be sure everyone knows they are invited to attend.

Not only can you share in the town*s birthday cake, enjoy a soft
drink, and finger food and desserts provided by local organizations,
visit with neighbors and friends, but also meet visiting dignitaries.
City Hall will be open where the Wall of Mayors can be viewed. All
festivities will be held in the Heritage Square area next to City Hall
on East Record Street.

Listening will also be good. Not only speeches from the politicians and
speech contest winners, but also music from local musicians and students
from Pine Eagle School will please attendees. Want to hear the Halfway
Centennial version of how Halfway got its name? The Class of 2009
valedictorians will tell you. Love Cowboy Poetry? R. E. Sharpe, Eagle
Valley, will recite some of his favorite odes of the West. Keys to the
city will be awarded to deserving recipients.

Set aside noon-3 p.m. May 22 for wishing Halfway many more birthday
happy celebrations.  For more information, contact Sheila Farwell,
541-742-4741. Halfway is located 60 miles east of Baker City near the
Idaho border.


Eugene: As part of its Changing Demographics speakers series, the Lane
County Historical Museum will host a presentation "I, Too, Am Eugene" by
researchers Cheri Turpin and Mark Harris at 7 p.m. May 28. Turpin and
Harris will present the results of their multi-year study of Eugene's
diversity. Their project has sought to find voices overlooked by
historians. The presentation will take place at the Lane County
Historical Museum at 740 W. 13th  Ave. (on the Fairgrounds). Admission
is free. For more information call 541-682-4242 or visit

Government Camp: The Skibowl Ski Area's 80th anniversary video will be
presented at 7 p.m. May 23 at the Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum,
89000 E. Highway 26. This new video incorporates moving images, still
images, archive material and artifacts from the museum*s collection,
along with oral history interviews to document the history of ski area's
history. Attendees may bring a beverage; the center will provide
popcorn. Earlier in the day from 1 -5 p.m., the center will host an open
house celebrating National Preservation Month and the museum's
preservation work. For more information, contact: www.mthoodmuseum.org 
or 503-272-3301 or mthoodmuseum at centurytel.net 

Reedsport:  Oral histories related to the history of communities on the
Lower Umpqua River will be presented at 6:30 p.m. May 21 and June 18 at
the Umpqua Discovery Center, 409 Riverfront Way. The presentations are
part of the center's sesquicentennial efforts. For more information,
phone 541-271-4816.


In partnership with the Des Chutes Historical Museum and Bend Parks &
Recreation, Deschutes County is sponsoring an Oregon 150 birthday event.
Westward Oregon! is a living history weekend to be held May 29 and 30 at
Tillicum Ranch that includes 1859-era stagecoach rides, an encampment,
and a pioneer-style dinner and dance that will take participants clear
back to when the state was born.For more information about Westward
Oregon! call 541-389-1813 or visit 
www.deschuteshistory.org .


The American Association for State and Local History is offering full
or part-time paid or volunteer employees of small museums scholarships
to attend its annual meeting in August in Indianapolis.  The scholarship
will cover the cost of registration and some travel. To qualify, the
museum must have a budget of less than $250,000. Application forms and
information are available at http://www.aaslh.org/SmallMuseums.htm. For
more information, contact Bob Beatty, beatty at aaslh.org 
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