[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-07-01

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Oregon Heritage News 2010-07-01

In this issue:
1.	Free Admission to Des Chutes Historical Museum July 4th
2.	Windows in Time Series Talk at Southern Oregon Libraries
3.	Oregon Trail Music Fest in Baker City
4.	Southern Oregon Historical Society Holds Pioneer Family
5.	Oregon Heritage Tree to be Dedicated at Ceremony
6.	Historic Silver Falls Days Observes Park’s Past
7.	Oregon History Museum hosts Mapping the West

The Des Chutes Historical Museum continues the tradition of celebrating
its anniversary on the 4th of July with free admission from 10 am to 4
pm. There will be free ice cream cups while they last. The Des Chutes
Museum opened July 4, 1980, in historic Reid School in downtown Bend,
and sees its anniversary as an opportunity to thank the community for
its support. Exhibits include the newly opened Finding Fremont in Oregon
display, which includes objects on loan from the Nevada State Museum and
the U.S. Forest Service, early 20th century clothing, and the Camp Fire
USA Centennial exhibit, among others. The Museum is located in historic
Reid School, located at 129 NW Idaho between Wall and Bond. For more
information, visit www.deschuteshistory.org or call 389.1813.

"Jackson County Love Story: Welborn Beeson’s Diary” presented by
Jan Wright, will be the next topic in the Windows in Time history
lecture series at local libraries. The free talks will be held at noon
at the Medford Central Library July 7 and the Ashland Library July 14. 
They are co-sponsored each month by the Southern Oregon Historical
Society and the Jackson County Library System. Get your heart strings
ready during this journey through the very personal and true story of
the romance between Welborn Beeson and his bride, Mary Catherine Brophy.
Speaker, Jan Wright will use Welborn's own words in selected readings of
the 1866 diary that portray the lowest and highest points of his life.
For more information on the series, call SOHS at 541-899-8123 or the
Jackson County Library at 541-774-8689.

Baker City, Oregon- Two full days of traditional American music will be
featured July 10-11 at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive
Center. Starting at 10:00 am and continuing through 5:00 pm each day,
hourly performances rotate between the Leo Adler Theater indoors, and
the Wagon Box Theater.  Phillip Charette of Baker City will perform
Native American flute music.  Phil & Vivian Williams will perform
“Fiddling Down the Oregon Trail” on fiddle and banjo. Doug Tracy
of Portland has researched music of the Civil War era and performs folk
style accompanied by the guitar.  The Dead Fiddlers Society of Spokane
recreates a traditional “string band” style of music.  On Saturday
Heidi Muller and Bob Webb of West Virginia will present traditional
music on dulcimer and guitar. Al MacLeod of Summerville will present a
program of both traditional music and modern compositions in the
American roots music style accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, and
incorporating stories and traditions from the early American traveling
minstrel shows. Music activities for children will be offered each day.
Members of the Eastern Oregon Flute Circle will have demonstrations of
Native American flutes in the lobby throughout the day. The National
Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of
Land Management, is located 5 miles east of Baker City, Oregon on
Highway 86. Take Exit 302 from I-84. Visit oregontrail.blm.gov for more
information about the Center, or call 541-523-1843 for updates on
programs and events. 
The Southern Oregon Historical Society will be hosting a Pioneer Family
gathering at Hanley Farm on Saturday, July 10 from 11 am - 4 pm.  The
event is open to the public. The SOHS Pioneer Family Picnic will be an
opportunity for pioneer families to learn more about their ancestors and
to make connections with other families who trace their Oregon roots
back to the 1800s.  In addition to a casual picnic (bring your own food
or purchase a snack on site), genealogy activities for all ages, and
musical entertainment, Pioneer Families are being asked to bring a
favorite family story that will be read during the day by a costumed
interpreter.  The historical society staff also requests that visitors
bring photographs of their family that will be scanned and kept on file
in the SOHS archives. For more information, please call (541) 899-8123
or visit www.sohs.org.

The Oregon Heritage Tree Committee, administered by the Oregon Travel
Information Council, will be holding a dedication ceremony for the 53rd
Oregon Heritage Tree site, the Aspen Arborglyph Trees, near Frenchglen,
Oregon. The dedication will be held at the Fish Lake Campground, off
Steens Mountain Loop Road, at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 10, 2010.
Oregon's Aspen Arborglyph trees are located in the Steens Mountains
sixty miles south of Burns. These are native trees which are 50 to 100
years of age and are connected to the history of Basque sheepherders.
During the summer months, until 1934's Taylor Grazing Act, the Steens
Mountains were open range land for up to 100,000 sheep. Basque
sheepherders who worked at the top of the Steens in the early and middle
20th century often used pocket knives or nails to carve names, dates,
messages, poems, and drawings into the bark of the aspens. The carvings
found in the arborglyphs were lightly carved into the bark by these men
as means of letting one another know who had passed by each place, to
make notes about the sheep or create pictures. Sometimes carvings would
name hometowns or comment about future hopes and dreams. For more
information check out the TIC website:
http://www.oregontic.com/heritage/trees2-dedication2010.php Or
contact Heather Swanson:  503 - 378 - 2178

Silver Falls State Park will celebrate its colorful past with a new
event-Historic Silver Falls Days, July 10-11. The event, which runs from
10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, replaces a park tradition called Al Fausett
Days, a celebration of the daredevil’s canoe trip over South Falls in
1928. The new event will observe a wider range of park history, dating
to the site’s use by area tribes and recalling its logging history.
Exhibits will include displays of antique logging tools, demonstrations
of everyday pioneer life and an antique car display with references to
when some area visitors pushed old cars over the falls for entertainment
in the 1920s. A schedule of event activities and more information is
available online at www.oregonstateparks.org/park_211.php . Contact
Vicki Sink District Interpretive Coordinator, Silver Falls State Park,
503-873-8681, ext. 21; vicki.sink at state.or.us 

Sunday, July 11, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Our next Sunday lecture shows the progression of mapmaking skills and
the changes in the boundaries of the Oregon territory using, presenter,
Robert Hamm’s own map collection.  Members are free to this lecture
and nonmembers are welcome with regular admission. 1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland Oregon 97205 Communications at ohs.org, (503) 222-1741,

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