[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-06-03

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Jun 3 13:05:16 PDT 2010

In this issue:
1.  Senate confirms Moriuchi appointment
2.  CAP grants awarded to five museums
3.  Oregon coin history to be revealed
4.  Events slated June 19 in Vancouver, Newport
5.  Law enforcement history book unveiled in North Bend


The Oregon Senate has confirmed Governor Ted Kulongoski’s appointment
of Davis Moriuchi of Portland to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation
Commission. On June 1, Kulongoski named Moriuchi as Commission Chair,
replacing outgoing member Jim Parr, who has served on the commission
since 2006 and has been chair of the body since 2008.

In 2008, Moriuchi ended a 34-year career as a civilian employee of the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the last 20 years as a lead executive. He
has a bachelors degree in history and a masters in public dministration,
both from Portland’s Lewis and Clark College. While with the Corps of
Engineers, his executive work covered water planning, resource
protection and recreation management in both the Missouri River and
Columbia River basins.

Seven volunteers -- appointed by the Governor and hailing from every
region of the state -- comprise the Commission. The Commission
establishes policy and adopts rules for the Oregon Parks and Recreation
Department.  The Department is also responsible for statewide heritage
programs such as the State Historic Preservation Office, the Oregon
Heritage Commission, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, and
archaeological permits. 

“Jim Parr’s dedication to both parks and Oregon’s heritage made
him an excellent commissioner and chair, and we’ll miss him,” says
Governor Kulongoski. “Davis has a strong background in natural
resource and recreation leadership, and will represent the desire of all
Oregonians for a healthy state park and heritage system.”

“This is a great opportunity to fuse the two things which are
important to me: public service, and protecting Oregon’s natural and
historic resources,” says Moriuchi, who has called Oregon home since
1969. “I look forward to joining this dedicated group of volunteer

The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to provide and
protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational
sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.
The Department is funded by visitor fees, recreation vehicle
registration funds, and receives Oregon Lottery money to fund new parks,
repair and improve existing parks, and award recreation grants to
improve local communities.


Only four states -- New York, California, Texas and Illinois -- have
received more Conservation Assessment Program grants in 2010 than
Oregon, which boasts five successful applicants. A total of 107 museums
in 40 states have received the grants this year to assess the condition
of their collections and historic structures. 

CAP helps small to mid-sized museums of all types, from art museums to
zoos, obtain a general assessment of the condition of their collections,
environment, and historic buildings. Following an on-site assessment by
a conservation professional, the museum receives a written report
recommending priorities to improve collections care. This report assists
museums in educating staff and board members on conservation practices,
creating long-range and emergency plans, and raising funds to improve
the care of their collections.

The successful 2010 grant applicants from Oregon are the Cottage Grove
Historical Museum, Cottage Grove; Douglas County Museum of History and
Natural History, Roseburg; Pittock Mansion, Portland; Southern Oregon
Historical Society, Jacksonville; and the Tillamook County Pioneer
Museum, Tillamook.

Forms for applying for the 2011 program will be mailed on Sept. 3 to
museums on the CAP mailing list and will also be available on Heritage
Preservation’s Web site at www.heritagepreservation.org/CAP.
Applications will be evaluated in the order in which they are received,
so applicants are encouraged to submit their completed application as
soon as possible. The postmark deadline for applications is Dec. 1. To
be added to the CAP application mailing list or for more information,
call the CAP office at 202-233-0800 or email
cap at heritagepreservation.org .


Sandy Bisset will present a program on Oregon Territory's minting of
gold coins, "Oregon Exchange Company: Oregon's Illegal Coinage," at 6
p.m. June 10 at the annual meeting of the Courthouse Preservation Corp
in The Dalles. The organization operates the Original Wasco County
Courthouse at 410 W. Second Place, which is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday during the summer. For more information, contact Karl
Vercouteren (541 296-5785)


Newport:  John Baker, author and management specialist, will present 
“Writing History: The Process” at 2 p.m. June 19 at the Carriage
House of the Lincoln County Historical Society. Baker will define the
process he used to design a method for the research and writing of the
book “Camp Adair: The Story of a WWII Cantonment.”  
Baker will discuss the prerequisites for writing history including a
love of history and a love of language and writing. He will explain the
detective process, how to tell the story, and writing techniques. He
also will talk about publishing options for writers of history,
including self publishing. The event is free and open to the public. For
more information, call the Historical Society at 541-265-7509.

Vancouver: Superintendent Tracy Fortmann has announced that the Fort
Vancouver Village grand opening celebration will take place at 10 a.m.
June 19. This free event will be held at the site of the historic
village, located to the west of the reconstructed stockade at Fort
Vancouver and north of the Land Bridge. The event will coincide with the
first day of the annual brigade encampment and will officially open the
new trails and replica employee houses in the village area. Staff and
volunteers in
costume will interpret the life of Hudson’s Bay Company employees in
the village’s two furnished houses. In addition, archaeologists will
demonstrate field techniques and show how archaeology aids in public
understanding of history. The Fort Vancouver Employee Village was the
home for hundreds of Hudson’s Bay Company employees, their families,
and visiting traders and travelers during the period of 1829 to 1860.
Documents indicate that it was the most densely populated multicultural
settlement in the Pacific Northwest. More information about the history
of the Village is available on the park’s website at:


Andie Jensen will appear at the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum, 1220
Sherman Ave., North Bend, at 7 p.m. June 8, to discuss his latest
literary achievement "Law on the Bay: Marshfield, Oregon: 1874-1944."
Jensen chronicles the 70-year history of law enforcement during the
incorporated years of Marshfield. This book is the first in a series
chronicling the municipal law enforcement agencies located on Coos Bay.
For additional information call the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum at
541-756-6320 or visit www.cooshistory.org 
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