[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-05-20

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed May 20 11:38:06 PDT 2009

In this issue:
1.  Asian Pacific Heritage Month materials available
2.  Scholarship deadlines near end of month
3.  Programs planned in Central Point, Florence, Portland
4.  Grant writing workshop offered in Roseburg


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration of Asian and Pacific islanders living in the United States, began as a 10-day observance in 1977. According to the National History Education Clearinghouse, May was chosen for Asian Pacific Heritage Month to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

The term Asian Pacific American covers millions of people, thousands of cultures, and dozens of countries. The clearinghouse has a variety of materials to assist with history education related to these cultures in the United States available at http://teachinghistory.org/news/22027 

The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, which recently concluded an exhibit on Japanese American baseball, is helping organize an Asian Pacific Heritage Night with the Portland Beavers baseball team at PGE Park at 7 p.m. May 26. For more information about this event, contact Jen Manlig at 503-553-5443 or jmanlig at pgepark.com.


The application deadlines for two scholarships are near the end of this month.

The deadline for applications for the State Historic Preservation Office's Elisabeth Walton Potter Historic Preservation Advocacy and Education Award has been extended to May 29. This award will provide financial assistance to successful applicants for attending a historic preservation-related conference or workshop between July 1 and June 30. Additional information and an application is available at http://egov.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/docs/ewp09app-extdl.pdf  For other information, contact David Bogan at david.bogan at state.or.us or 503-986-0671.

The deadline for applications for the Center for Columbia River History's James B. Castles Fellowship is May 30. The fellowship supports original scholarly research that contributes to public understanding of the history of the Columbia River Basin. The $3,000 fellowship is open to graduate students, professional historians and independent applications. For more information, visit www.ccrh.org or email info at ccrh.org or phone 360-258-3289.


Central Point: The Southern Oregon Historical Society will host a horse pull on June 6 at its Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road at Highway 238, between Central Point and Jacksonville.  The day's activities of horse-drawn wagon rides, farmhouse and garden tours, and vintage car and tractor displays will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The horse pull is scheduled for 1 p.m. For more information, contact the society at 541-773-2675 or www.sohs.org 

Florence: Ron Mann, whose family has helped develop Driftwood Shores and the Oregon Dunes Golf Course, will speak at 7 p.m. May 29 on developers of the Florence area. His talk will take place at the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum, 2nd and Maple streets in the Old Town area of Florence. For more information, contact the museum at 541-997-7884 or museum at winfinity.com 

Portland:  The Architectural Heritage Center will present Randy Gragg and Leland Roth talking about "The Enduring Influence of John Yeon" at 10 a.m. June 6. The center will also host Robert Jordan at 10 a.m. June 13 who will speak on "Cost Conscious: Rehab on a Budget." For pre-registration and more information, visit the center's website at www.visitahc.org 


A "Designing Projects for Successful Grants Workshop" will be offered in Roseburg, May 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. The workshop will be at City Hall, 900 SE Douglas Ave.

The workshop is free to all who are interested. It will cover how to plan your project and write about it for a successful grant application. It will emphasize the Oregon Heritage Grants, the Oregon Museums Grants and the Historic Cemeteries Grant offered by Heritage Programs of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, but the information can be applied to any grant. 

The public is encouraged to participate at all events. Contact: Kuri Gill, Historic Cemeteries Program and CLG Coordinator at Kuri.Gill at state.or.us or (503) 986-0685 for more information.
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