[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-07-30

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Fri Jul 30 15:40:40 PDT 2010

In this issue:
1.  Archives, records workshops scheduled around state
2.  19th century farm life to be presented twice
3.  Steiner cabins to be examined Aug. 14
4.  UO museum to re-open next week
5.  Public history guide available online


The State Historical Records Advisory Board received a federal grant to
present "Basics of Records Management" and "Basics of Archives"
workshops. The workshops will be presented by the Secretary of State's
Archives Division staff member Dan Cantrall. Other presenters from the
Archives Division, the SHRAB, and the Oregon Association of Municipal
Recorders may assist in the presentations at selected workshops.

These workshops are open to all city, county and special district
employees, library employees, local historical society employees and the
public. There is no cost to attend, and the workshops will be presented
from 9 a.m.-4 p.m..  Records management topics will be reviewed in the
morning and archives topics in the afternoon session. Attendees are
invited to come to either session, or to attend both sessions.
The workshops will take place in a dozen Oregon towns beginning Aug.
17. For more information, visit


"Rogue Valley 19th Century Farm Life: First Person Narratives” will
be presented by Alice Mullaly at noon Aug. 4 at the Medford Central
Library and  at noon Aug. 11 at the Ashland Library.  They are
co-sponsored each month by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and
the Jackson County Library System.

During the 19th century, most residents of the Rogue Valley were
farmers.  A view into the daily lives of farmers will be brought to life
by Mullaly during this talk, derived from the diaries of early settlers,
period newspapers, and photographs from the SOHS collection.  Focusing
on seasonal change, Mullaly will describe the roles played by men, women
and children, how the land was prepared for planting, what crops were
important in the valley, and how a farm family fed itself and the larger
community through the fruits of their labor.

For more information on the series, call SOHS at 541-899-8123 or the
Jackson County Library at 541-774-8689.


A tour of Mount Hood area log cabins built in the period 1920 -1940 by
the celebrated Oregonian builder, Henry Steiner will take place from 10
a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 14. The tour begins at Mt. Hood Foods in Rhododendron
and proceeds to four cabins and a special stop at the Steiner Church

When Steiner, a craftsman who emigrated from Germany, began making his
signature cabins, his intent was to create functional and economically
assembled homes, not idyllic cottages that seem to come right out of a
fairy tale. However, that’s exactly what happened. His cabins -- many
of which are dotted around the Mt. Hood area -- are precisely what one
might imagine if asked to think of how that storybook “cozy little
cabin in the woods” might appear. Over the years, Steiner’s sons,
Fred and John, began helping their father with construction of the
cabins. Steiner is famous for using the native materials found onsite or
locally for his cabins -sometimes used in very unique ways. Signature
aspects of most Steiner Cabins include a “wagon wheel” or
“sunburst” gable, a basalt rock fireplace, arc-shaped front door
made of a split curved tree, gnarled tree root used for a front door
handle, and unique log beams supporting the gabled porch roof. 

Tickets are available at the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum, which
is sponsoring the event. For more information, visit
www.mthoodmuseum.org  or contact Lloyd Musser at
mthoodmuseum at centurytel.net or 503.272.3301 


The University of Oregons Museum of Natural and Cultural History has
been closed for six weeks as the public space went under renovation. On
Aug. 4 the public space reopens with "PaleoLab: Oregon's Past Revealed
-- Horses and Grasslands." Visitors can find out how horses evolved as
grasslands expanded. PaleoLab allows a person to become a paleontologist
for a day and bring fossils from the "field" to the museum.

Also on display is "Oregon- Where Past is Present: We Are Still Here"
where Stephanie Wood, an anthropologist and Grand Ronde tribal member,
uses detective work to identify origin and individual weavers of baskets
from the museum's collections.

The museum public hours after Aug. 3 are Wednesday- Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5
p.m.  For more information, contact 541.346.1671


The National Council for Public History's "Guide to Public History
Programs" is now available at

This is a comprehensive resource for prospective students, faculty,
employers, and anyone interested in public history education today.
Standardized formatting makes it easier to compare resources and
practices, whether at graduate or undergraduate levels. The guide is
also designed to be useful to museums and other public history
institutions, government agencies, pre-collegiate schools, businesses,
and community groups that want to identify potential academic partners
in their geographical area. NCPH will continue to add listings as
program directors supply their information. If you note a particular
program is missing, please urge people to complete the NCPH Guide
questionnaire at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ncphGuide.
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