[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-12-03

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Fri Dec 3 15:13:56 PST 2010

In this issue:
1. FBI roundup in 1941 featured in exhibit opening Dec. 8
2.  Clackamas group hosts World War II heritage event
3.  Albany, Astoria to host holiday historic home tours
4.  Candlelight to guide Aurora tours on Dec. 4
5.  Assessment grant applications due in January


The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center will open Dec. 8 a new exhibit, "Taken:
FBI," that brings light to the experiences of the families of 118
individuals in the Portland area and 17,477 in the western states taken
into custody by local authorities, then imprisoned by the FBI and U.S.
Department of Justice immediately following the Japanese bombing of
Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

A lesser known prelude to the internment, prominent members of the
Japanese American community—mostly men—were rounded up by FBI agents
just hours after the bombing. Shackled and whisked away, often after
dark with no explanations given to them or to their bewildered and
stunned families, they were then sent to "special" camps in remote,
secret sites across the United States, different from the ones their
families would begin to occupy from the summer of 1942. Among the
questions the exhibit answers: Who were these individuals? How was the
FBI able to target them so soon after the surprise attack? How was this
possible in a nation founded by and built on the toil and personal
sacrifices of immigrants?

Several programs are planned throughout the run of this exhibit until
May. For information on these programs, visit
http://www.oregonnikkei.org/activities.htm#takenevents. The exhibit
is sponsored in part by Oregon Humanities, Oregon Heritage Commission,
Portland State University, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and Target.

The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is located at 121 NW 2nd Ave.,
Portland. More information is available at 503-224-1458
or info at oregonnikkei.org 


Oregon’s role in World War II is the focus of an event from 5:30-9
p.m. Dec. 7 hosted by the Clackamas County Historical Society, 211
Tumwater Drive, Oregon City.

This is an evening of remembrance on the 69th anniversary of the
bombing of Pearl Harbor. Stories and memorabilia of the Greatest
Generation on exhibit from 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by a military fashion
show. Featured speakers include Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col.
Alisha Hamel discussing Oregon's role in World War II. Jackie Flowers,
professor of American history at Clackamas Community College, will share
stories from the college's oral history project, for which World War II
veterans are being interviewed.

Period music, light refreshments, and a display of local residents'
World War II stories, photos and memorabilia are also planned. The
Museum of the Oregon Territory also will be open until 7 p.m. 

There is an admission fee. For reservations and information, contact
503-655-5574 or info at clackamashistory.org 


Albany: This city's 31st annual Christmas parlour tour of historic
homes, museums, churches and library will take place from 2-7 p.m. Dec.
12. The tour will feature seven historic homes (listed on the ticket
with a map), which have been restored and decorated for the holidays.
Along with the homes on tour, guests may visit the Whitespires Church
(1891), The United Presbyterian Church (1913), the Albany Regional
Museum (1887), the Monteith House Museum (1849), the Carnegie Library
(1914), and the Historic Carousel and Museum (Mechanism: 1909).Music,
refreshments, horse-drawn wagon rides, and vintage trolley rides are
all included in the ticket price. Ticket sales will begin at 1 p.m. on
tour day at: Albany Visitors Association, 250 Broadalbin Ave SW #110  in
downtown Albany. For more information, phone 800-526-2256 or (541)

Astoria:  The Lower Columbia Preservation Society has scheduled its 6th
annual holiday home tour for 2-6 p.m. Dec. 12.The tour will showcases
six homes. They include an 1883 Victorian, the third oldest home in
Astoria; a 1915 two and a half story Craftsman; a John Wicks 1913
Prairie style; an 1890 high-style Queen Anne; a 1966 house remodeled in
2009 to reflect the English Cottage style; and a boutique hotel that
rests on 1897 pilings and opened in 2005.  Tickets must be purchased
prior to the event. Tickets may be purchased until Dec. 11 at Victorian
Lace in Astoria; Pacific Crest Cottage in Gearhart; and the Seaside
Museum.  Tickets will also be sold between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the day
of the tour at the society's office at 1170 Commercial St., Room 210 in
Astoria.  For additional information, call (503) 325-3981. For more
information about the society, visit its website at:


The Aurora Colony Historical Society will give candlelight tours of the
Aurora Colony from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. The tours will include
vignettes centered around Colony life and families.  Guided tours will
be scheduled every 15 minutes beginning at 4:30 with each tour lasting
approximately one hour.  Refreshments will be served and music
performed. Reservations are required. For reservations or additional
information contact  the museum at 503-678-5754


The Conservation Assessment Program helps small to mid-sized museums of
all types, from art museums to zoos, obtain a general assessment of the
condition of their collections, environment, and historic buildings.
Following an on-site assessment by a conservation professional, the
museum receives a written report recommending priorities to improve
collections care. This report assists museums in educating staff and
board members on conservation practices, creating long-range and
emergency plans, and raising funds to improve the care of their

Participation in the program takes one year. The one-year schedule
provides CAP museums quickly and efficiently with practical
recommendations to improve their preventive conservation practices.
Typical costs for a museum's participation are $430 to $1,020. Oregon
museums that participated in the CAP program in 2010 are the Pittock
Mansion, the Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History, the
Cottage Grove Historical Society, the Southern Oregon Historical Society
and the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum.

Application forms are available at  www.heritagepreservation.org/CAP.
Applications are due Jan. 21. For more information, call the program
office at 202-233-0800 or email cap at heritagepreservation.org .
Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission,
which invites nominations for the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards. For
information, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/award_info.shtml

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