[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-06-01

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Tue Jun 1 15:47:41 PDT 2010

In this issue:
1.  Five cities to host encyclopedia activity sessions
2.  Heritage sites to participate in State Parks day
3.  Oregon museums join Blue Star Museum effort
4.  Military Museum seeks development director
5.  Tillamook museum to conclude Lincoln displays


Baker City, Grand Ronde, Klamath Falls, Portland, and Tillamook will
host local history community meetings this month.  Each meeting includes
an overview of the Oregon Encyclopedia, a discussion on how to write an
Oregon Encyclopedia entry and information on library resources that
support the research and writing  
of local history.

The meetings are scheduled June 2 at the Shaw Historical Library of the
Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls; June 5 at the Holgate
Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd., Portland; and June 9 at the Tillamook
Public Library, 1716 Third St., Tillamook. They are also scheduled June
16 at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Library, 9615 Grand Ronde
Rd., Grand Ronde; and June 19 at the Baker City Public Library, 2400
Resort St., Baker City. For more information, including meeting times,
visit www.oregonencyclopedia.org 

The Oregon Encyclopedia is a partnership between Portland State
University, the Oregon Historical Society, and the Oregon Council of
Teachers of English.  The Libraries as Community Research Centers
Project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library
Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered
by the Oregon State Library.


June 5 is State Parks Day in Oregon with free RV and tent camping at
every state park and special heritage programming at some locations.
Day-use fees will be waived at the 26 parks where parking passes are
required, as will fees for some campgrounds. 

Walking tours of the 1860s kitchen garden and old Champoeg townsite
will be among the activities at Champoeg State Heritage Area.

On the coast, more than 5,000 flowering plants and 600 rose bushes will
be blooming for free viewing at Shore Acres State Park southwest of Coos
Bay. Visitors to Harris Beach State Park in Brookings will have the
chance to meet the actor portraying the pioneer rancher for whom the
park is named during a noon hour living history presentation featuring
period displays, games and free hot dogs. North of Florence, park staff
will guide an afternoon trail walk focusing on area history at Carl
Washburne State Park, then lead an evening stroll at nearby Heceta Head

Times and other details of park observances are posted on the Oregon
state parks website www.oregonstateparks.org.


More than 700 museums nationally, including nine in Oregon, are
participating in a Blue Star Museums program this summer.

National Endowment for the Arts chairman Rocco Landesman and Blue Star
Families chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet have announced the launch of Blue
Star Museums, a partnership with more than 700 museums across America to
offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their
families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010.

"There have always been wonderful examples of partnerships between
museums and military installations, but the scale of this gift from the
museum community to
military families is thrilling," said Roth-Douquet.

Museums in Oregon participating in the program include the Columbia
Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles; Coos Historical and Maritime Museum,
North Bend; Crater Rock Museum, Central Point; Heritage Station Museum,
Pendleton; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene; Portland Art Museum,
Portland; Portland Children's Museum, Portland; Schneider Museum of Art
at Southern Oregon University, Ashland; and Tillamook County Pioneer
Museum, Tillamook.

Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact
bluestarmuseums at arts.gov, or Nicole Murray at 202-682-5578.


The Oregon Military Museum seeks an experienced Development Director,
for 32 hours a week with an annual renewable contract.  Salary $35,000
to $40,000.  The deadline for applications is June 25. The award-winning
Oregon Military Museum is closed temporarily as it transitions to the
1954 Clackamas Armory Building at the Oregon National Guard's Camp
Withycombe.  To receive the position announcement that includes the
requirements to apply, contact Tracy Thoennes, Curator/Director, Oregon
Military Museum, Camp Withycombe, 10101 SE Clackamas Rd, Clackamas OR
97015-9150, or email to: tracy.thoennes at us.army.mil.


The Tillamook County Library is hosting a national traveling exhibit
“Abraham Lincoln:  Self-Made in America” while the nearby
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is displaying numerous items from the
Lincoln collection of former US senator Mark Hatfield. The national
exhibit, which features reproduction artifacts from the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum, concludes June 9 while the Hatfield
collection is expected to be on display until the end of the year. 

Sponsored by the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, the library exhibit
is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.Monday-Saturday. 
“Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” was created to
commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth by the Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  The “We, the People”
program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency,
provided major financial support for the exhibition and accompanying
programs.  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and the
History Channel provided additional financial and in-kind support.   

The library exhibit covers Lincoln’s childhood, his self-education,
his careers as a surveyor and lawyer, his family life, the
Lincoln-Douglas Debates, the 1860 Presidential election, the Civil War,
the 13th Amendment, the Emancipation Proclamation, his assassination,
and other important periods and events in his life. The traveling
learning station exhibit has being displayed in 40 public libraries and
historical societies during the last two years. Tillamook will be its
only Oregon location.  

For more information about the “Abraham Lincoln:  Self-Made in
America” exhibit, visit  www.PresidentLincoln.org or call the Pioneer
Museum at 503-842-4553.
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