[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-06-22

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Fri Jun 25 13:17:28 PDT 2010

In this issue:
1.	Pendleton Round-Up designated second Oregon Heritage Tradition
2.	Textile Exhibits Open in Salem and Newport
3.	Concrete House and Mining Programs Featured this Weekend
4.	4th of July Weekend Events Explode Throughout the State


The Pendleton Round-Up, which has exhibited the traditions of the west
for a century and become a defining event for Eastern Oregon, has been
named an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Heritage Commission.
The Pendleton Round-Up is only the second event given the honor. The
first went last year to the Oregon State Fair, which began when Abraham
Lincoln was president and has since attracted more than 44 million
people to its events and activities.

“The Heritage Commission wants to recognize those traditions that
have helped define the state,” said Commission chairman George Kramer.
“They are distinguished events that are part of our heritage as
Oregonians. This is certainly true of the Round-Up.”

"It's a great honor to become only the second event in the great state
of Oregon to receive the Oregon Heritage Tradition designation,"
Round-Up Director Carl Culham said. "The Round-Up is pleased that the
spirit of volunteerism and respect for tradition that the rodeo is
dedicated to is being recognized on a state-wide basis."

“An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation
for more than 50 years, demonstrates a public profile and reputation
that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the
livability and identity of the state,” said Commission coordinator
Kyle Jansson. The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to
solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy,
and also promotes heritage tourism efforts. For more information about
the Oregon Heritage Traditions, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact
Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill at state.or.us or (503) 986-0685.


Wrapped in Pride, Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity
The Willamette Heritage Center proudly announces the opening of our
exhibition, Wrapped in Pride, Ghanaian Kente and African American
Identity. The exhibition explores the history of traditional Ghanaian
weaving and its impact on cultures beyond Africa's shores. The WHC is
honored to bring this National Endowment for the Humanities exhibition
to Salem.  It demonstrates the WHC’s ability to bring shows of this
caliber to our community. The traveling presentation was down in
collaboration between the National Museum of African Art and the
Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture. 
WHC is privileged to be working with Gwen Carr and the Oregon Northwest
Black Pioneers to curate a section of the coming of African Americans
from West Africa via the American South to the Willamette Valley.
Wrapped in Pride will be showing at the Willamette Heritage Center June
25th to August 8th, Mon - Sat, 10a.m. - 5p.m. www.missionmill.org 

Quilt Exhibit Opens at Lincoln County Historical Society
Quilt blocks made by the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild will go on
display Friday, July 2 at the Burrows House Museum of the Lincoln County
Historical Society, 545 SW Ninth in Newport. The quilt blocks were
created in 2009 to celebrate the 150th birthday of the state of Oregon
and heighten awareness of the role quilting played in history. The
challenge to quilters was to: research the history of a quilt pattern
that existed in 1859; submit the quilt with the documentation or story;
make a one-quarter scale replica of that quilt; keep fabrics, prints,
and colors consistent with those available in the mid-19th century; and
do all the piecing, quilting, applique, and binding by hand. Eighteen
quilters answered the challenge producing 21 quilts. “These quilt
blocks are exceptionally beautiful and well crafted, and we are
delighted to have the Coastal Quilters share them with our visitors so
they can enjoy them,” Loretta Harrison, executive director of the
Historical Society, commented. For more information, call the Historical
Society at 541-265-7509. 


Architectural Heritage Center offers Concrete Houses of Portland
In the early twentieth century, concrete challenged Portland's
ubiquitous timber as the building material of choice for "modern"
residences. As early as 1906, Portland architects and builders had begun
constructing homes from solid concrete blocks formed to look like stone.
Concrete houses never became the norm in Portland, but numerous examples
can still be found in all quarters of the city. Architectural historians
Jack Bookwalter, Robert Mercer, and Jim Heuer will share their research
on these great, sometimes quirky, and always interesting homes. Program
attendees will be invited to attend an open house at a concrete house in
Portland and will be provided with self-guided tour maps showing the
locations of many of the homes mentioned during the lecture.
Architectural Heritage Center Saturday June 26, 2010    10:00 am - 11:30
am http://www.visitahc.org/content/concrete-houses-portland 503.231.7264

Mining Day! At the High Desert Museum
Come and experience the life of a High Desert placer miner. Stake a
claim, pan for gold, and try to strike it rich. June 26, 11a.m. to 4
p.m. Plus: Kids can jam with the Bitterbrush Band - live! 10 a.m. - 3
p.m. http://rainmaker.alpineinternet.com/t/r/e/pqbd/dlliotku/ or
info at highdesertmuseum.org 


Bill Boycott brings music of the Old West to Oregon Trail Interpretive
Baker City, Oregon- Musician and storyteller Bill Boycott will present
three daily programs July 2-5, 11:00, 1:30 & 3:00 daily, at the Leo
Adler Theater located at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive
Center. Boycott uses music both traditional and contemporary to tell the
story of the pioneers who settled the West. In another program, Boycott
demonstrates the art of Indian Sign Language used by Native Americans,
explorers, and traders to communicate in an era when many cultures were
moving about the Great Plains and the Pacific Northwest. Boycott
accompanies himself on guitar and banjo. The National Historic Oregon
Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is
located 5 miles east of Baker City, Oregon on Highway 86. Visit
oregontrail.blm.gov for more information about the Center, or call
541-523-1843 for updates on programs and events.

2010 Living History Gives Taste of the Past at Champoeg	
The public is invited to make a quilt square, saw some wood or hang out
the laundry! Friends of Historic Champoeg presents Living History events
focusing on 19th century farmstead life on Saturdays throughout the
summer from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Champoeg State Heritage Area in
St. Paul. The Donald Manson Farmstead, located behind the Visitor
Center, will be the setting for events bringing local history to life
with costumed volunteers demonstrating skills and providing hands-on
activities. 1800s Children’s Games Day on July 3 is the first of five
Saturday Living History days throughout the summer. Visitors will have
the chance to play games ranging from the ubiquitous jump rope, to
French Hoops, marbles, nine pins and Corn in the Hole.  For additional
information or to find out about volunteer opportunities, please contact
Kim Martin at 503-678-1649 or kim at champoeg.org, or visit the Friends of
Historic Champoeg website at www.champoeg.org.

Newell House Hosts an "Old Fashioned 4th of July" event!
Join patriotic forces at Newell House Museum on Sunday, July 4, 2010
from 4 pm to 6 pm.  This second annual event will feature an address
from Abe Lincoln, portrayed by Steven Holgate of Portland.  The year is
1860, and Abraham Lincoln is running for President.  Come participate in
an Oregon History Quiz, the reading of the Declaration of Independence,
singing of patriotic songs and bring your favorite pie to be judged in
an old fashioned pie judging contest. In addition, listen to the music
of the "Crazy Weasel Band" and come prepared to dance at the end of the
festivities!  Bring a picnic supper, your favorite camp chairs and your
patriotic enthusiasm!  Entrance to this event is free to the public. 
The Newell House is located 1/8th mile west of the Champoeg State
Heritage Area at 8089 Champoeg Rd. NE, St. Paul, OR  97137.  For
additional information call (503) 678-5537.

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