[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2009-03-12

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Fri Mar 12 07:54:15 PST 2010

In this issue:
1.  New forestry exhibit opening at Klamath Museum
2.  Metro area hosts several history talks
3.  Cultural Trust hosts grantwriting webinar
4.  Websites offer several new resources


A new exhibit opening March 20 at the Klamath County Museum will
highlight the Klamath Basin’s diverse forests and the role they’ve
played in the region’s history. The exhibit, “Forests for Everyone -
Klamath’s Living Legacy,” is the largest new attraction offered by
the Klamath County Museum in many years, according to county officials.

“This is going to be something that every family in the region should
see,” said Klamath County Commissioner Al Switzer. “We were hoping
to make this an exhibit the community can be proud of, and we think
we’ve accomplished that.”

The exhibit, covering 1,700 square feet, was built at a cost of more
than $600,000, with most of the money coming from federal funding the
county received under the Title III program of the Secure Rural Schools
and Community Self-Determination Act. More than $10,000 has been raised
from private sources.Thirteen specific topics are addressed in the
exhibit, starting with how forests looked in the age before European
settlement, and the role of fire in the woods. A wetland diorama offers
a close-up view of fish habitat and a beaver lodge.

Planning for the exhibit began more than four years ago, when a
committee was convened to identify major topics and messages to be
addressed. Switzer noted the forestry exhibit was built without taking
funds from any other county programs, and comes at a time when families
are looking for affordable activities.	To celebrate the new exhibit,
the museum will offer half-price admission through spring break. The
museum will be open every day through spring break, including weekends.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the Klamath County Museum at 541-883-4208,
or go online to www.klamathcountymuseum.org.


March 16 -- Well-known western U.S. historian Patricia Limerick will
talk about the "Department of the Interior and the American West" at
7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave.,
Portland. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between
academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of
applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts. 
Limerick has received a number of awards and honors recognizing the
impact of her scholarship and her commitment to teaching, including the
MacArthur Fellowship (1995 to 2000) and the Hazel Barnes Prize, the
University of Colorado's highest award for teaching and research (2001).
Her talk is part of the Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum
of the Oregon Historical Society. For more information and tickets,
visit http://www.ohs.org/education/mark-o-hatfield.cfm   

March 16 -- Portland State University history professor William Lang on
will talk at 7 p.m. at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse,4045 NW Cornelius
Pass Rd., Hillsboro, on "The Other Oregon Trail". Although much of the
Willamette Valley was settled by farming families who followed the
Oregon Trail across the plains and over the mountains, Lang says the
money and influence that helped build Portland came from wealthy
businessmen who arrived by ship, sailing around the tip of South America
and up the coast. Learn more about this very different journey to Oregon
Territory, and how pioneers like Henry Failing and William S. Ladd
shaped Portland after stepping off the boat. The talk is presented by
the Oregon Encyclopedia Project. For more information, visit

March 18 -- The Northwest History Network presents "'We’re going to
defend ourselves': The Portland Chapter of the Black Panther Party &
Local Media Response" by Jules Boykoff and Martha Gies. Joining them
will be Kent Ford and Percy Hampton, original members of the Portland
chapter of the Black Panther Party. The presentation will take place at
7 p.m. at the Architectural Heritage Center, 701 Southeast Grand Ave.,
Portland. The Northwest History Network is a non- profit consortium of
history, archives, library, and other professionals. It has a website
at www.northwesthistory.org 

March 29 --  Robert Hadlow, David Sell and George Fekaris will be
sharing the history of the Columbia River Highway, including the
restoration and reconnection work that has taken place, at 7 p.m. at a
History Pub at McMenamins Kennedy School,5736 NE 33rd Ave. Their talk is
"The Columbia River Highway: Its History, Decline and Preservation." It
is presented by the Holy Names Heritage Center, McMenamins and the
Oregon Historical Society.

March 30 -- Sarah Munro talks about the art and craft of Timberline
Lodge at 6:30 p.m. at the Edgefield School,2126 S.W. Halsey St.,
Troutdale.  The talk will be accompanied by a slide show featuring
photographs from the Oregon Historical Society's archive.  In 2004,
through the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission and with the Labor Arts
Forum, Munro helped organize a symposium on New Deal art in Oregon. She
is the author of "Timberline Lodge: The History, Art and Craft" of an
American Icon, and is the curator of exhibits celebrating the 75th
anniversary of the New Deal at the Oregon Historical Society and
Timberline Lodge. For more information, visit www.oregonencyclopedia.org


The Oregon Cultural Trust, along with the Oregon Arts Commission, is
sponsoring a one-hour webinar "How to Write a Good Grant Application" at
11 a.m. March 18. This webinar is intended to build the skills and
capacity of cultural organizations as they approach the Arts Commission
and Cultural Trust for competitive grant funds, and to increase their
understanding of the differences between the funding opportunities.

Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now at:


1.  An online version of the historical exhibit installed on Central
City Concern’s Golden West Building is available at
http://www.centralcityconcern.org/golden-west-intro.html. This
permanent exterior exhibit tells a social and ethnic story of the
vibrant African-American community in Portland in the early 1900s and
the successes and challenges of its residents. The exhibit - featuring
six panels and a soundtrack- can be seen and heard by the public on both
sides of the Golden West Building, 707 NW Everett at Broadway. The
exhibit curator is Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis. Central City Concern is a
501(c)(3) nonprofit agency serving single adults and families in the
Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and
addictions. Founded in 1979, the agency has developed a comprehensive
continuum of affordable housing options integrated with direct social
services including healthcare, recovery and employment.
2. The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program is an initiative to digitize
historic Oregon newspaper content and make it freely available to the
public through a keyword-searchable online database. The initial phase
of the program will concentrate on newspapers published between 1860 and
1922, with a goal of approximately 150,000 pages freely available online
in the first two years by July 2011. The newspaper program website was
also constructed to help facilitate the digitization of Oregon
newspapers by outside organizations/individuals. The resulting product
will be an open state-wide resource for historic Oregon newspapers
online. The site also includes a blog, a list of historic Oregon
newspapers, and historic newspapers available on microfilm. For more
information, visit  http://libweb.uoregon.edu/diglib/odnp/  
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