[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-07-27

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Tue Jul 27 16:01:59 PDT 2010

In this issue:
1.  Home tours scheduled for Albany, Portland
2.  Heritage events slated in northeast communities
3.  19th century skills featured at Champoeg
4.  County boundary atlas published digitally
5.  Two job openings announced


Albany:  Albany's 33rd Annual Tour of Historic Homes is scheduled for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 31.  The self-guided tour will feature six historic homes and an award-winning commercial restoration. Along with the homes on tour, guests will visit the Historic Carousel and Museum, the Whitespires Church, United Presbyterian Church, the
Albany Regional Museum and the Monteith House Museum. A horse-drawn wagon and vintage trolley ride are included.  Tickets will be available at the Albany Visitors Association in Two Rivers Market, 250 Broadalbin SW. For information contact the Albany Visitors Association, 800-526-2256, or visit www.albanyvisitors.com 

Portland:  Six homes on this new tour cover a century of residential construction in Portland and represent a variety of styles and notable architects Edward Thompson Root, Ellis F. Lawrence, Herman Brookman, Marvin Witt Jr., and Pietro Belluschi.  The houses date from 1885 to 1980, including two Arts & Crafts era houses and a Mid Century Modern. The event is organized by the Architectural Heritage Center. Pre-registration is strongly recommended at 503 231-7264, online at
http://www.visitahc.org/content/heritage-home-tour-2010 or at the center, 701 SE Grand Ave.


Maxville: The second annual Maxville Gathering will take place from 9 a.m.-sunset Aug. 14 in Maxville. The event includes guided tours, demonstrations, a talk on the experience of living in a crosscultural town, photoscanning, audio interviews, and a community baseball game. Maxville itself operated until the early 1930s and was unique in that it included 50 or so African Americans and their families and was home to the only segregated school in Oregon. It is located 12 miles north of Highway 82. The Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center is organizing the event. Maxville is located 12 miles north of Highway 82. For more information, visit http://www.maxvilleheritage.org/CEDocuments/Downloads_GetFile.aspx?id=384649&fd=0  or contact info at maxvilleheritage.org or (541) 426-3545

North Powder:   Wild huckleberries have been harvested for centuries throughout the Elkhorn and Wallowa Mountain ranges. That is why North Powder residents decided to honor the fruit with an annual festival the last Saturday in July. This year's event takes place July 31. For more information, visit http://www.visitlagrande.com/documents/nphfposter2010-8X11_000.pdf or phone 

Sawing wood and making shingles by hand are now considered by some to be hobbies, but in the 1860s these were some of the necessary chores to keep the farmstead in working order.  Making herbal vinegars, kneading bread dough, mending clothing, quilting, darning socks, and washing laundry were all part of the home skills also necessary.  

The Friends of Historic Champoeg present home skills and woodcraft day from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 7.  Visitors will have the opportunity to use a two man crosscut saw, and see other woodworking skills demonstrated.  For those interested in household chores, they may create herbal vinegar, knead bread, churn butter, or mend and wash clothing the old fashioned way.

This event takes place under the shade of the stately oak in the Donald Manson Farmstead behind the Visitor Center at Champoeg State Heritage Area.  For more information contact Kim Martin at 503-678-1649 or kim at champoeg.org, or visit www.champoeg.org.


The Newberry Library has released of its Digital Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, a dataset that covers every day-to-day change in the size, shape, location, name,
organization, and attachment of each U.S. county and state from the creation of the first county in 1634 through 2000. Oregon is included.

The data are organized by state and are available online in four versions of maps, shapefiles, KMZ files, and PDF files. Supplementing the polygons and maps for each state are chronologies, commentary on historical problems, long and short metadata documents, and a bibliography. The atlas is available at 
http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/  Queries should be addressed to scholl at newberry.org. 


The Oregon Historical Society is advertising for a project cataloger.  The full announcement is at: http://www.ohs.org/about-ohs/current-openings.cfm 

The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians is seeking an archaeologist. This position is responsible for protection of Tribal cultural resources, which includes cultural resources surveys, cultural site identification, location, and monitoring; intergovernmental coordination to establish and implement cultural site protection procedures; monitoring of ground-disturbing activity; avoidance and mitigation of damage to cultural sites; and archaeological excavations. The
closing date is Aug. 9. Information and applications are available at the tribal Administration Building, 1245 Fulton Ave., Coos Bay, or online at   www.ctclusi.org.
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