[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-06-09

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Jun 9 08:50:05 PDT 2010

In this issue:
1.  Deschutes book goes electronic
2.  Archaeological field school includes public programs
3.  Solicitations sought for poet laureate presentations
4.  Tourism matching grants available
5.  Koch hired at Fort Stevens
6.  Toothman to help direct Park Service cultural resources


The Des Chutes Historical Museum is now selling electronic copies of "A
History of the Deschutes Country". Originally published in 1985 by the
Deschutes County Historical Society, which operates the museum, the book
has been out of print for several years. 

When initially published 25 years ago, many photographs were borrowed
from families to be included in the book, then returned to the families,
making it difficult if not impossible to reassemble the pieces for a
reprint. A member of the historical society suggested scanning the book
instead, which was completed by a University of Oregon student intern.
The book now comes on a CD as an Adobe PDF file, which will open on any
computer with Adobe Acrobat, a program most computers have and is
available to download for free. 

"What is even better is that the PDF is searchable, which is extremely
handy when looking for certain information. Using the find feature, you
simply type the word or words you are seeking and the computer will look
for those words inside the pages," said historical society executive
director Kelly Cannon-Miller.  For more
information, visit the museum or its website at
www.deschuteshistory.org  or call 541-389-1813.


Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver, the
National Park Service, Northwest Cultural Resources Institute, and the
Fort Vancouver National Trust are hosting a field school this summer in
historical archaeology at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Lava
Beds National Monument. This summer's school includes daily and weekly
events for the public.

The program will introduce the methods and theories of fieldwork in
historical archaeology. Students will participate in all aspects of
field and laboratory work: laying out units, excavation by shovel and
trowel, mapping, drawing, photography, and cleaning, identifying, and
analyzing artifacts. The season will include a speakers series entitled,
"Exploring Diversity, Conflict, and Science in Archaeology."

A new program will also bring urban youth and families to the fort,
providing opportunities to experience life in the 19th century, learn
about the science of archaeology and reconnect to the diverse histories
of the Pacific Northwest through a series of day and overnight camps. On
a rotating basis, students will discuss the field school activities with
visitors, interpreting the significance of the site and the educational
purposes of the project. The field school will run from June 15-July 24
at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Starting June 22, the public
is welcome to visit from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Tuesday- Saturday. 

This year’s field school will explore Fort Vancouver’s
multicultural Village (also known as “Kanaka Village”). In the
latter portion of the course, the school will move to Lava Beds National
Monument to assist in the National Park Service survey of Modoc Indian
War fortifications at Captain Jack’s Stronghold in northern

A series of lectures open to the public will address topics including
Chinese Sojourners, Hawaiian miners, Chinook Fishers, Hunters and
Gatherers, and the role of science in revealing past peoples and their
history. All of the talks will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of
Pearson Air Museum, located at 1115 E 5th St., Vancouver. 
The speakers will include PSU anthropology professor Kenneth Ames on
June 24, Southern Oregon University staff archaeologist Chelsea Rose on
July 1, Idaho State University anthropology professor Mark Warner on
July 8, and archaeobotanist Irvin Rowner, the CEO of Binary Analytical
Consultants, on July 22.

For more information, contact Douglas C. Wilson (360) 921-5241 or
doug_wilson at nps.gov or Elaine Dorset (503) 753-8429 or
elaine_dorset at nps.gov 


You've probably heard by now that Governor Kulongoski named Paulann
Petersen Oregon's sixth Poet Laureate, but did you know that you can
request a visit from her? Petersen available to make appearances at
schools, libraries, and other organizations. 

Download the form online at 
http://www.oregonpoetlaureate.org/application.pdf , and submit it by
June 30 for appearances between July 1 and Dec. 31. For more
information, please call Laura Becker at (503) 241-0543, ext. 110, or
visit the Poet Laureate's Twitter and Facebook pages.


The Oregon Tourism Commission has announced the opening of the 2010-11
Matching Grants Program for investment in travel and tourism
organizations across the state. The grant program is part of Travel
Oregon's tourism development mission to assist Oregon communities and
organizations in the creation, enhancement and implementation of quality
tourism plans and products. 

The mission of the Oregon Tourism Commission, doing business as Travel
Oregon, is to "encourage economic growth and to enhance the quality of
life in Oregon through a strengthened economic impact of tourism
throughout the state." As such, the commission has established a program
to make grant awards to eligible applicants for projects that contribute
to the development and improvement of local economies and communities
throughout the state by means of the enhancement, expansion and
promotion of the visitor industry.  

Cities, counties, port districts, federally recognized Tribes and
non-profit entities located in Oregon and involved with tourism
promotion and development are eligible for grants from the Matching
Grants Program. Applicants must equally match the amount of the awarded
grant; up to 50 percent of the match may be in-kind. Each applicant may
request a minimum of $1,000 and up to $10,000 in grant funds with a
limit of one grant project request per cycle. The deadline for
completing the online electronic application is Aug. 20.  

To find out more about the program, visit
If you have questions, contact Michelle Woodard at
Grants at TravelOregon.com or 503.378.8850.


John Koch is the new park ranger for the historic area at Fort Stevens
State Park. He arrived on the scene with experience as a YMCA camp
program director and a museum director combined with a military
background and a strong interest in history. Koch's background includes
a degree in anthropology and five years as director of a Native American
cultural museum in Indiana. Fort Stevens is a historic military site
with a museum, remnants of a military fort, and a shipwreck, and is part
of the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Park. It is located
10 miles west of Astoria.


The National Park Service has selected Stephanie Smith Toothman as its
new associate director for cultural resources. Toothman will be
responsible for history, historic preservation, and cultural programs in
392 national parks and a host of community programs that make-up the NPS
role in a national preservation partnership among federal, Tribal, state
and local governments and nonprofits.  Outside of parks, Toothman’s
responsibilities include support for community-based efforts to preserve
and share local history including grants programs that award millions of
dollars annually, a tax credit program that incentives $5 billion a year
in private investment, and
programs that document and recognize history like National Historic
Landmarks, National Register of Historic Places, and the Historic
American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record,
Historic American Landscapes Survey, and the Cultural Resources GIS

Toothman previous served as NPS chief of culture resource park and
partnership programs in its Pacific West region and acting
superintendent of Crater Lake National Park, and provided leadership for
efforts to designate Kam Wah Chung in John Day as a national landmark
and to promote partnerships with the Pacific Northwest Field School, a
15-year partnership of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon state parks and
historic preservation offices coordinated by the University of Oregon.
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