[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-10-08

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Oct 8 10:39:56 PDT 2009

In this issue:
1.  Oregon Bounty events to feature historic cooking
2.  Fremont symposium scheduled Oct. 24 in Bend
3.  Portland's WPA paintings to be discussed
4.  SOHS schedules community focus group meetings
5.  Preserve America stewards applications available


The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is having two
days of displays, demonstrations and programs about traditional local
foods, from historic times to the present day. Its Oregon Bounty Harvest
Days on Oct. 10-11 includes cooking demonstrations and samples of
locally grown and harvested ingredients from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day.

The event is part of the statewide “Oregon Bounty” effort to
highlight the abundance of locally and regionally grown food.  All
ingredients displayed and utilized in cooking demonstrations are from
Oregon, and most were acquired within 90 miles of Baker City.  Dutch
oven cooking demonstrations will have a dual approach, with one campfire
cooking historic recipes and techniques from the 1800s, and another
cooking up modern day recipes. Planned recipes include elk stew, salmon
stew, and lamb stew, biscuits, apple pie and cobblers. Interpretive
programs include “Original Meals on Wheels - Food on the Oregon
Trail” and “Supplier to the Mines”.

Interpreters will have displays showing then and now comparisons such
as hard tack versus saltine crackers and parched corn versus corn nuts,
a look at wildlife and hunting traditions in eastern Oregon, and
mountain man traditions.  An apple tasting table will feature heirloom
varieties of the types of apples brought westward over the Oregon Trail
via “tree wagons” by pioneer nurseryman Henderson Luelling in 1847.

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 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 host a dal-long symposium Oct. 24
in Bend for historians, photographers and writers to share knowledge of
John C. Fremont's 1843 expedition.

Loren Irving, Bob Graham, Jarold Ramsey, former Gov. Victor Atiyeh,
Beulah Tsumpti, John Hayes, Ellen Waterston, Fred Blue and David Talbot
will share the history and their perspectives on Fremont, the expedition
and its members, and the expedition's impact on Oregon.

The even will take place in St. Helen's Hall of Trinity Episcopal
Church, 231 NW Idaho Ave., across the street from the museum. For
tickets and additional information, call 541-389-1813 or visit


Paintings conservator Nina Olsson will discuss the Works Progress
Administration of the Portland Public Schools and the preservation needs
of these materials a symposium Oct. 23 on art conservation in the
Pacific Northwest.

The symposium will take place from 1-5 p.m. at the Seattle Art Museum.
Other speakers include Nick Dorman of the Seattle Art Museum, Tiffany
Hedrick of the City of Seattle, paper and book conservator Gudrun
Aurand, and conservator J. Clair Dean, who will talk about her
experiences working with state and tribal agencies while striving to
protect rock art along the Columbia River.

This is a free event, but registration is required.  Please register on
the museum's website:


The Southern Oregon Historical Society will be hosting community focus
group sessions during the next few weeks to help in planning for its

The sessions are scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the U.S. Hotel
Ballroom, Jacksonville; 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Ashland Public Library;
and 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Medford Public Library. In addition, there will
be at session at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the U.S. Hotel Ballroom for local
business owners.

For more information, call the historical society at (541) 899-8123


The next quarterly deadline for submitting applications to the Preserve
America Stewards program is Dec. 1. Preserve America Stewards is a
federal program which recognizes organizations and agencies that
successfully use volunteers to help care for historic heritage.

To date, programs have been recognized for a wide range of volunteer
efforts, including preservation and interpretation of historic buildings
and districts, archaeological site monitoring, historic lighthouse
preservation, and historic cemetery preservation. So far, no Oregon
organizations have received the designation.   

To be designated, applicants must demonstrate that their programs
provide volunteers with opportunities to contribute in direct and
tangible ways to the preservation, protection, and promotion of historic
properties; address an otherwise unfilled need in heritage preservation
through the use of volunteer efforts; and demonstrate innovative and
creative use of volunteer assistance in areas such as youth involvement,
volunteer training, public education, and public/private partnerships.

Preserve America Stewards is administered by the Advisory Council on
Historic Preservation and the Department of the Interior. An application
form and further information is available at
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