[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-07-21

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Oregon Heritage News 2010-07-21

In this issue:
1.	Round-Up Exhibit to Open at Tamástslikt 
2.	OMA's Western Museum's Association Scholarship Application Due
July 23
3.	Navigating the Past day camp at Columbia River Maritime Museum
4.	The High Desert Museum's First Audio Tour: Sin in the Sagebrush

5.	New House and Landscape Site Discovered in Vancouver, WA
6.	Petrified Stump Donated to World Forestry Center    

Museum-goers are invited to join in the excitement of the iconic
Pendleton Round-Up Rodeo by visiting Tamástslikt Cultural Institute’s
next exhibit, Tall in the Saddle: One hundred years of the Pendleton
Round-Up. The exhibit opens July 23 and runs through January 2011.
Starting in 1910, the Pendleton Round-Up was the event that made Oregon
a rodeo destination nationally and around the world. The exhibit,
developed in partnership by Tamástslikt, the Oregon Historical Society,
and author Michael Bales, imparts the rich sense of Round-Up history
from its modest beginnings as a small town harvest festival.
“Tamastslikt joined forces with OHS and Michael to present an
impressive exhibition not unlike the partnership between our Tribal
people and the citizens of Pendleton that makes the Round-Up unique,”
said Bobbie Conner, Tamástslikt director. Contact Tamástslikt Cultural
Institute at (541)966-9748 or visit www.tamastslikt.org for more

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to attend the Western Museum's
Association conference in Portland this October.  OMA is offering eight
$250 scholarships to help members get to the conference.  This will
cover the full conference registration for the award recipient, thanks
to a special arrangement OMA has made with WMA for scholarship
recipients. Applications are due THIS FRIDAY, JULY 23 by 5:00 PM. 
Applications are available on the OMA website.  To be considered for a
scholarship you must be a member of the Oregon Museums Association
either holding an individual membership or affiliated with a member
institution or business.  If you have any questions about the
scholarship program please contact us at info at oregonmuseums.org.
This week of August 9-13 theme is “On the River.” During the week,
campers will be immersed in activities relating to the cultures and
animals that depend on the river for survival. There will be an
introduction to the Chinese and Native American cultures with crafts,
games and legends. Children will be able to make their own baskets.
Campers will take walks to explore the river and surrounding area to
identify wildlife that call the river their home. Seeing the world from
a bald eagle’s perspective and building an eagle nest are part of the
activities planned. Boat races are part of the fun during this session.
Campers will also make a paddle wheeler. A field trip to Cape
Disappointment State Park is included. The week will conclude with a jet
boat ride and a swim at the Astoria Aquatic Center. For more
Information, call Jackie Welborn at 503-325-2323 or email
welborn at crmm.org 

The first audio tour at the High Desert Museum allows visitors to
experience the Sin in the Sagebrush exhibit with its creator, Curator of
Western History Bob Boyd. The exhibit marks the first in-depth look at
how communities of the American West formed around saloons, gambling
halls, and bordellos. The audio tour is rich with details, from how a
tent bordello was used, to how to produce an ace from your sleeve.
Visitors may download the tour at home from 
Contact: Cathy Carroll, communications and promotions manager
541-382-4754, ext. 300; ccarroll at highdesertmuseum.org;

National Park Service and University archaeologists have discovered one
of the homes of the multicultural village associated with Fort
Vancouver. The Village was home for 600 to 1000 Hudson’s Bay Company
(HBC) employees, their families, and visiting traders and travelers
during the fur trade period. 

“Explorations in this house and its surrounding landscape will shed
new light on the lives of the diverse population that served this
colonial capital of the Pacific Northwest in the 1830s and 1840s,”
said Doug Wilson, National Park Service Archaeologist and Faculty Member
of the Department of Anthropology at Portland State University. Wilson,
who is directing the field school that is excavating the site,
identified tiny glass trade beads, buttons, musket balls, bottle glass,
and colorful Spode transfer print ceramics as evidence of the house and
its immediate surroundings. “The people living in the village, in
contrast to the “gentlemen” and their families inside the fort, left
no written records. This excavation is a way to recover the history of
this incredible community, which included people of many ancestries:
American Indians from many tribes, Native Hawaiians, French Canadians,
Europeans, Americans, and those of multiethnic origin - the Métis.” 

The Public Archaeology field school is a partnership of the Fort’s
Northwest Cultural Resources Institute with Portland State University,
Washington State University Vancouver, supported by grants from NPS and
the Fort Vancouver National Trust. Related to the field school, a new
program at the Fort is bringing urban youth and families to the fort, to
provide a hands-on experience with activities from the 19th century, to
learn about the science of archaeology, and reconnect to the diverse
histories of the Pacific Northwest through a series of day and overnight
camps. “This program demonstrates how diversity is not something new
to the Pacific Northwest,” said Ranger Kimm Fox-Middleton. “The
history and archaeology at Fort Vancouver shows us how people of many
different cultures worked together and interacted in the past. We want
to show kids that the history of the Pacific Northwest is for
everyone.” The field school will run one more week at the Village
site until July 24, 2010. The Village is west of the Fort Vancouver
reconstruction north of the Vancouver Land Bridge. The public is welcome
to visit Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m. 
The urban youth program will continue through September. Contact for
the Urban youth program: Kimm Fox-Middleton, 360.816.6243. 

If a tree falls in the woods, and is covered by a landslide, does
anyone hear or see it?  Well, if no one hears it OR sees it for many
millions of years, that tree may turn into stone. Thanks to a generous
donation by Lew Smith of Smith Rock in Portland, visitors can now see a
5 million years old, 10,000 lb petrified stump on display outside the
World Forestry Center Discovery Museum. The Discovery Museum also has a
stunning collection of  cut and polished petrified wood showing many
different species and ages.  The World Forestry Center is a 501(c)(3)
non profit  educational organization located in Portland’s beautiful
Washington Park whose mission is to educate about  the world’s forests
and trees and environmental sustainability. For more  information,
please call 503-228-1367 or visit www.worldforestry.org.      

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