[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-03-05

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Fri Mar 5 08:40:14 PST 2010

In this issue:
1.  Clackamas County residents invited to forums
2.  Salem, Portland buildings added to National Register
3.  Women in the Northwest is conference theme
4.  Oral history workshop to be offered in Portland
5.  Champoeg offers spring break camp
6.  Archaeology field school set for summer


The Bosco-Milligan Foundation, owner and operator of the Architectural
Heritage Center, is partnering with the National Trust for Historic
Preservation, to expand field services and technical assistance
region-wide, with the goal of helping residents with preservation
efforts. Having completed a round of outreach meetings in Portland, it
is  Clackamas County residents to share their primary concerns and needs
for tools and training in preserving community history.

It will hold two meetings to collect information from residents who are
interested or concerned about historic preservation. Responses will be
compiled in a Clackamas County Historic Preservation Needs Assessment.
Workshops will be developed to address common themes and to provide
technical assistance and training for residents interested in becoming
pro-active preservationists!

The meetings are scheduled at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Pioneer Community
Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City, and 7 p.m. March 16 at the Sandy City
Hall, 39250 Pioneer Blvd. For information and pre-registration, contact
Val Ballestrem at valb at visitahc.org or call 503-231-7264


A log home and a railroad station have been added to the National
Register of Historic Places.

Constructed in 1918 as Salem’s third railroad station, the Salem
Southern Pacific Railroad Station played a significant role in the
growth of Oregon’s capital city. Constructed in 1918 after the
majority of Salem’s second 1889 railroad station was destroyed by
fire, the main station building is a rare surviving example of a Beaux
Arts style train station. The station’s ornate Beaux Arts style is
symbolic of the importance and dignified role the capital city plays in
representing the entire state of Oregon. The railroad station is also
significant for its central role as means of ingress and egress to and
from the city over time, transporting troops during wartime, and hosting
famous politicians conducting “whistle stop” campaigns during the
20th century, including former Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Warren
G.Harding, Herbert Hoover, and Dwight Eisenhower.

Constructed between 1907 and 1917 by owner John Arnold, the Arnold-Park
Log Home, 12000 SW Boones Ferry Road, embodies the ideals of the Arts
and Crafts movement as reflected in an owner-designed and built
log-and-frame residences. Created in the tradition of a rural
recreational retreat, the log home served as an escape from the stress
of early 20th century Portland life. Although the log home shares some
characteristics of other rustic log cabins constructed during this same
period, the building also displays Craftsman style details and is
significantly more refined on both the exterior and interior. Although
Arnold only resided full-time in the house for the last two years of his
life, the David and Nancy Park family resided at the property from 1951
to 2004. In 2004, the property was transferred to the Oregon Parks and
Recreation Department and became part of Tryon Creek State Park.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation
recommended the buildings' listings in October 2009. The National
Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority
of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings
is online at www.oregonheritage.org 


Proposals for the 63rd Pacific Northwest History Conference,  "Game
Changers and History Makers: Women in the Pacific Northwest," are being
sought. The conference is scheduled for Nov. 3-5 in Spokane, Wash.. This
gathering commemorates the centennial of Northwest women's suffrage and
will feature nationally known speakers and stories, all at Spokane's
historic Davenport Hotel. 

Proposals are encouraged for any topic on the theme of women and
women's influence in the Pacific Northwest. For details, visit


The Center for Columbia River History will partner with the Northwest
Oral History Association and the Oral History Program at University of
California San Bernardino to present an oral history workshop March 10
at the joint conference of the American Society for Environmental
History and the National Council for Public History in Portland.
Preregistration is over and there are only a few spaces left. If you
plan to attend, contact Donna Sinclair at  360-258-3289 . 

This workshop will focus on the collection and use of oral history by
public historians, environmental historians, and the broader heritage
and history community. Emphasis will be on the role of oral history in
documenting and interpreting the past and the practical skills and
knowledge needed to conduct and preserve recorded interviews. Attendees
will share project experience and ideas, explore oral history strategy,
conduct practice interviews, and participate in group discussion. The 
workshop will examine oral history preparation, choosing and using
equipment, interview techniques, and the role of archives in oral
history production and use.


The Friends of Historic Champoeg is offering a spring break camp for
the naturally curious, the socially inclined and the talented and gifted
children March 22-26. The kids will experience the natural and cultural
history of Champoeg with hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration.
For more information, visit http://www.champoeg.org/


Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver, the
National Park Service, Northwest Cultural Resources Institute, and the
Fort Vancouver National Trust will stage a field school this summer in
historical archaeology at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Lava
Beds National Monument. 

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 also include lectures by guest
speakers and staff.

This year’s field school will explore Fort Vancouver’s
multicultural Village (also known as “Kanaka Village”). This
colonial village was the largest settlement in the Pacific Northwest in
the 1830s and 1840s. It contained people from all over the world and the
Pacific Northwest, including Native Hawaiians, African Americans, the
Métis, and people of many different American Indian tribes. The field
school will provide a means to recapture the history of this
multicultural worker’s village and to engage the modern
Portland/Vancouver area in the unique history of their closest National
Park site.

In the latter portion of the course, the school will move to Lava Beds
National Monument to assist in the NPS survey of Modoc Indian War
fortifications at Captain Jack’s Stronghold in northern California.
This 1872-1873 war was the longest and most expensive 19th century
military conflict in California. Field trips may be taken to other sites
in Oregon or Washington.

For additional information on the course or to print an application,
please visit our web site at:
Applications are due May 7.
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