[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-10-13

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Tue Oct 13 14:56:57 PDT 2009

In this issue:
1.  State groups meet next week in Milwaukie
2.  Tribal exhibits center stage at OHS
3.  PSU to host Chinookan event
4.  Echo wins national award
5.  World War II book author speaks several times


The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation and the Oregon
Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet next week in Milwaukie.

The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation will consider
nominations to the National Register of Historic Places Oct. 22-23 at
the Milwaukie Community Club Center, 10666  SE 42nd Ave. The committee
will review proposed nominations for the McKenzie Highway Historic
District running through Deschutes, Linn and Lane counties and the
Santiam Wagon Road in Deschutes County. The Ladd Carriage House and
Arnold-Park Log Home in Portland and Salem’s Southern Pacific
Depot will also be considered. A meeting agenda is available at

Nominations recommended by the committee are forwarded to the National
Park Service, which maintains the National Register under the authority
of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Members of the
committee hold credentials in many historic preservation-related fields.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will also meet from 1
p.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Milwaukie Community Club. Agenda items will
include legislative issues, current projects and upcoming plans. The
commission will invite public comments. Commissioners will be available
following the meeting to talk about the new annual reporting
possibilities for nonprofits maintaining historic cemeteries. 

State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing
of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public
education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain
financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and
maintaining their appearances. More information about commission
activities and the July 24 meeting may be obtained from the Oregon Parks
and Recreation Department’s historic cemeteries program coordinator,
Kuri Gill, at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill at state.or.us.

The Milwaukie Community Club Center site is accessible to people with
disabilities. Special accommodations for these meetings may be made by
calling Kim Garner at (503) 986-0681. 


Two exhibits about Oregon's federally recognized tribes that open this
month at the Oregon History Museum will be supplemented with Family Day
activities on Oct. 17.

The first exhibit, "The Art of Ceremony", is an exhibition of historic
and contemporary Native American regalia, showcasing the diversity of
regalia between tribes. It includes handcrafted dance outfits, jewelry,
staffs, headdresses, musical instruments, and a 21-foot cedar canoe. The
regalia demonstrate how tribes utilized materials indigenous to their
respective areas, including objects made of buckskin, beadwork from the
Plateau region of eastern Oregon, objects with condor feathers from the
Columbia River Gorge, and objects with feather and abalone shell
decoration from the Oregon Coast.

The second exhibit, "Oregon Is Indian Country," represents a
groundbreaking project bringing all nine Oregon tribes together to
present information in one exhibit on contemporary indigenous cultures. 
Oregon's Indian traditions will be illuminated by many art forms
including native voices, historical artifacts, photographs and more.

The Oregon History Museum’s October Family Day on Oct. 17 will give
visitors a chance to speak with Native American artists from 11 a.m.-3
p.m. The artists include Minerva Soucie of the Burns Paiute Tribe, who
is known for her beautiful traditional baskets made from grass and
willow; Kelly LaChance and Louis LaChance from the Cow Creek Band of
Umpqua, who make olivella shell necklaces and hand drums; Olivia and
Fred Wallualatum of the Warm Springs Tribe, who work with tule reeds,
detallium shells, and traditional hand drums; and Sue Olson from the
Coos Tribe will share her intricate beading. 
The Oregon History Museum is located at 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland.
For more information, visit the OHS website at www.ohs.org or phone


With support by the Oregon Council for the Humanities the Center for
Columbia River History is offering a free public programs focused on
Chinookan history and culture, from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the
Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center,
710 SW Jackson St.

This event examines a single but significant material object, a basket.
In 2006, archaeologist Dale Croes recovered an intact cedar
checker-weave basket from the an archaeological estimated at 1250-1750
AD.  Croes calls the artifact, "the Lucy of baskets," indicating how
significant this basket is to understanding Chinookan culture in Oregon.
The Center for Columbia River History will present a day of short
presentations by Native and non-Native leaders, historians,
archaeologists, and artists, as well as family-friendly activities and
Chinuk Wawa language lessons.

For more information, see http://www.ccrh.org/calendar.php  or phone


The northern Oregon town of Echo has been given the national America in
Bloom Award for cities of under 4,000 population. The award was given at
the eighth annual America in Bloom Symposium and Awards Program at the
Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa. 

America in Bloom is a national campaign and contest that promotes
enhancing communities through beautification. In the friendly
competition, communities are matched by population and evaluated on
their efforts related to heritage conservation, floral displays, urban
forestry, landscaped areas, turf and groundcover, tidiness,
environmental awareness, and community involvement. 

Over the previous three years Echo had earned special recognition from
America in Bloom for its heritage preservation efforts (twice) and urban
forestry efforts.  This year, as well as winning overall in its
population category, the city received special recognition for community

The community has 10 properties on the National Register of Historic
Places and many other historic buildings and sites in and within a few
miles of town.  There are three town history books and a cultural
inventory to tell the city's history.The 1920 Echo Bank Building, which
is on the National Register, has been converted to a historical museum.


Jeffrey Kovac, the author of a book recently published by the Oregon
State University Press, will make presentations in Hood River, Portland
and Corvallis during the coming week.

Kovic's book, "Refusing War, Affirming Peace: A History of Civilian
Public Service Camp #21 at Cascade Locks," is an intimate view of a
single CPS camp, one of the largest, longest-serving, and unusual camps
in the system. Kovac will talk at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Hood River
County Library, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Powells Books on Burnside in
Portland, and at 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public

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