[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-10-09

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Fri Oct 9 10:02:35 PDT 2009

In this issue:
1.  African-American history exhibit to be 'unveiled' Oct. 22
2.  Mission Mill announces immigrant experience speaker series
3.  Historic survey maps focus of presentation
4.  Advocacy workshop for nonprofits set for Oct. 28


Central City Concern will host an “unveiling” celebration for a
newly installed permanent exterior exhibit on two sides of the Golden
West Building, former center of Portland's African-American social and
business life in the first decades of the 20th century. The celebration
will be free and open to the public, from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Carleton
Hart Architects, 322 NW 8th Ave., Portland.

The exhibit tells a social and ethnic story of the African-American
community in Portland in the early 1900s and the successes and
challenges of its residents. “In that early generation of the Black
community here, you could find the very powerful strains of what you
might call pursuit of the American dream,” said Darrell Millner,
professor in the Black Studies Department at Portland State University
and a consultant on the exhibit.

Central City Concern owns the Golden West Building at 707 NW Everett
(and Broadway) which is one of the earliest architectural landmarks of
history in Portland. The exhibit consists of six visual panels on the
exterior of the building and a visitor activated sound component.
Curator Jacqueline Peterson-
Loomis of Washington State University-Vancouver and the Old Town
History Project worked with an advisory committee composed of community
members and historians to create the display.

Central City Concern’s mission is to provide pathways to
self-sufficiency through active intervention in poverty and
homelessness. It operates more than 1,400 units of
affordable housing and provides health, recovery and employment
services to more than 13,000 individuals in the Portland metro area
every year. The history display was made possible in part by grants from
the City of Portland Vision Into Action program, and from Oregon


The "Immigrant Experiences in a Multi-ethnic Oregon" speaker series
will take place Oct. 17-Nov. 21 at Mission Mill Museum, 1313 Mill St.,
This sesquicentennial series focuses on those pioneers who many of us
may not be as familiar with, but who also have experiences and stories
to share--the personal hardships and triumphs of ethnic immigrant groups
who settled in Oregon.  

The series begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 17 with Nancy Nelson of the Oregon
Parks and Recreation Department talking about the archaeology of Kam Wah
Chung, a Chinese medicinal herb shop in John Day that operated from the
1870s-1940s. It is now a state heritage park and national landmark.
Other speakers in October include Erlinda Gonzales-Berry on Oct. 24
talking about "Mexicanos in Oregon" and Elizabeth McLagan on Oct. 31
discussing African-Americans in Oregon.

Ellen Eisenberg of Willamette University will talk on Nov. 7 about
Jewish Oregonians, June Schuman will present Nov. 14 the Japanese
experience in Oregon, and Lars Nordström will speak Nov. 21 about Swedes
in Oregon.

For more information please call 503-585-7012 or visit the Mission Mill
website at http://www.missionmill.org 


The Oak Lodge History Detectives, a group recently formed to research
and share the local history of Oak Grove, Jennings Lodge, Oatfield Ridge
and Concord neighborhoods will host a presentation at Nov. 11 on
"Cracking The Code: Using Early Survey Maps and Field Notes as Source
Materials." Blaine Schmeer will share
his expertise as a 33 year employee of  the Clackamas County Surveyors
Office, placing early surveys in context, showing how to read survey
maps, and describing how to access survey materials easily. 

The session will be at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Rose Villa
Retirement Center, 13505 SE River Rd. Park along River Road or in the
Rose Villa lot across from the facility. For more information, visit the
group’s website: www.OakLodgeHistoryDetectives.org


"Worry-Free Advocacy: Understanding the Rules of Nonprofit Advocacy and
Election-Related Activity" is the title of a one-day workshop for
nonprofit managers, staff, and volunteers set for Oct. 28.

Attorney-trainers will teach rules about lobbying by 501(c)3
organizations, election-related activity, public disclosure and joint
efforts with non-501(c)3 groups. The training is co-sponsored by the
Oregon Center for Public Policy, Rural Development Initiatives, the
Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and the Alliance for Justice.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Country Inn, 4100 County
Farm Rd., Eugene. For information, registration or other workshop dates,
 For additional information, contact Christina Peltier at (510) 444-6070
or christina at afj.org 
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