[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-07-19

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Oregon Heritage News 2010-07-19

In this issue:
1.	Oswego Iron Furnace Celebration this weekend
2.	High Desert Museum Mining Day
3.	Clackamas County Historical Society seeks Director
4.	Southern Oregon Historical Society seeks Collections Manager
5.	Guidelines Announced for American Heritage Preservation Grants
6.	Tips for contributing to the Oregon Encyclopedia offered
7.	Preservation Field School at Idaho Penitentiary

On Saturday, July 24th, the City of Lake Oswego will celebrate the
completion of preservation work on one of Oregon’s oldest landmarks,
the stone blast furnace built by the Oregon Iron Company in 1866.  The
community celebration, dubbed “The Furnace Blast,” will feature
music, refreshments, exhibits, furnace tours, and a blacksmith
demonstration.  Festivities, which are free, will begin at 10 am in
George Rogers Park. The garden surrounding the furnace will be dedicated
to the memory of former Lake Oswego mayor Bill Gerber, who died in 2005.
 An interpretive kiosk beside the furnace will explain the role of the
furnace in Oswego’s early iron industry.  The Oswego Iron Furnace is
one of Oregon’s oldest landmarks and is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.  It was the first iron furnace on the
Pacific Coast and is the only surviving historic furnace west of the
Rocky Mountains.  Between 1867 and 1885 it supplied pig iron to
foundries from Portland to San Francisco.  For more information please
contact Kathy Kern-Schilling at 503-675-3983.

Come and experience the life of a High Desert placer miner on July 24,
11am-4pm. Stake a claim, pan for gold and try to strike it rich! The
High Desert Museum, south of Bend, offers close-up wildlife encounters,
living history performances, Native American and Western art, music,
nature trails, tours and classes for all ages. Contact: Cathy Carroll,
communications and, 541.382.4754 ext. 300;
ccarroll at highdesertmuseum.org, www.highdesertmuseum.org 

The society has an opening for a part-time Executive Director -
Development  Director. The Executive Director is the chief executive and
administrative officer of the organization.  The Executive Director is
responsible to the Board of Directors for the full range of activities: 
raise income and control expenditures; enhance membership; employ, train
and supervise staff; implement long-range plans and coordinate
volunteers.  If interested please send your resume  to :
cchsoregon at gmail.com.

The Southern Oregon Historical Society announces the recruitment of a
Collections Manager/Registrar.  The Collections Manager/Registrar is
responsible for the preservation, documentation and management of
objects in the Southern Oregon Historical Society collection. Work
involves acquisition, registration, cataloging, environmental control,
loan processing, records computerization, storage maintenance,
arrangement and description, and retrieving materials in response to
research requests. To apply, please send a cover letter addressing the
above qualifications, a resume documenting your professional experience,
and three current references to Personnel, Southern Oregon Historical
Society, PO Box 1570, Jacksonville, OR 97530  or director at sohs.org.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Bank of
America Charitable Foundation are pleased to announce then 2011
guidelines for the American Heritage Preservation Program. This
public-private partnership will fund the preservation of endangered and
fragile art works, rare books, scientific specimens, and historical
documents (photographs, maps, deeds, etc.) held in small and
medium-sized museums, archives, and libraries. The grants of up to
$3,000 are aimed at completing stand-alone conservation projects that
convey the essential character and experience of the United States. To
access application guidelines instructions, please visit
www.imls.gov/collections/grants/ahpg.htm.  Examples of fundable
projects are provided in the grant guidelines. For questions about
museum projects, please contact Christine Henry, senior program officer,
at 202-653-4674. For questions about library or archival projects,
please contact Kevin Cherry, senior program officer, at 202-653-4662.
The deadline for application is September 15, 2010.

Learn about the valuable historical resources available at the Albany
Public Library, including an overview of on-line resources such as
historic maps, photos, newspapers and biographies. Contribute your
knowledge of local history and culture to The Oregon Encyclopedia (OE),
an online resource about the state’s significant people, places,
events, and institutions. Visit The Oregon Encyclopedia at
www.oregonencyclopedia.org.  On July 28, 6am-8pm, OE Editor-in-Chief,
Linda Tamura, will lead a discussion on how to write an Encyclopedia
entry and will work with participants to identify local topics that
should be included in The Oregon Encyclopedia. Albany Public Library
2450 14th Avenue SE Albany, OR 97321

Preserving significant Pacific Northwest buildings and using them as
learning laboratories has been the focus of the past 15 years of work by
the University of Oregon’s Pacific Northwest Field School. The 16th
annual Pacific Northwest Field School will be held at the Old Idaho
Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho, one of the several remaining territorial
prisons in the American West. The field school is still accepting
applications from interested students, architects, skilled trades
workers, and those interested in preservation. 

The five, week-long sessions start August 8. The primary focus will be
on masonry preservation, but the site also offers a wide variety of
teaching opportunities in wood, metal, and window restoration and
structural stabilization. Each weekly session will emphasize a
preservation topic or skill.  For instance, cultural landscapes will be
the emphasis of week one, August 8-13, and will provide instruction on
archaeology practices, historic cemeteries, and interpretation.  Other
week-long sessions will examine sustainability practices, preservation
technology, field recording and documentation.

Graduate students in the historic preservation and architecture
programs at the University of Oregon will also work on hands-on projects
during the field school.  The field school usually has forty
participants with an average of 6-8 people per week. Cost is $900 per
week, all food and lodging for the week is included.  Academic credit is
available. Application form and instructions are on line at

The Pacific Northwest Field School is funded by Oregon, Washington and
Idaho state parks and historic preservation offices and the National
Park Service.  The locations for field schools rotate annually to a new
site selected with one of the participating states.  Special funding for
the Idaho field school has come from the Save America’s Treasures
grant and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Contact: Karen
Johnson, A&AA external relations and communications, 541-346-3603,
karenjj at uoregon.edu 

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