[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-05-19

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed May 19 08:50:03 PDT 2010

In this issue:
1.  World's largest blanket weaves through museum
2.  OHS to feature films twice this month
3.  Fremont exhibit scheduled for Des Chutes Museum
4.  Redmond plans start of centennial celebration
5.  Museum practice classes to be taught in Medford
6.  Sumpter seeks summer interpreter


>From now until Aug. 15, the World Forestry Center's Discovery Museum
will exhibit the world’s largest and longest seamless blanket woven by
Pendleton Woolen  Mills.

Measuring 453 feet long and 7 1/4 inches wide, the  blanket is
approximately one and a half football fields in length and weights  380
pounds. The blanket begins near the entrance of the museum and weaves
its  way around the “forest,” and up to the second floor. It ends
near the special exhibits gallery where the current exhibit is
"Pendleton: Weaving America’s Spirit."

Pendleton has been a Northwest firm since 1909. Besides the record
breaking  blanket, the exhibit includes a wall of 101 Pendleton blankets
to celebrate Pendleton's  101 years in business;  National Park
blankets; a collage historic photographs and products, and examples of
different types of wool.

The World Forestry Center is open 10-5 daily. The museum is five
minutes from downtown Portland, just off Hwy  26 and is also accessible
by MAX light rail  line. For more information, please call 503-228-1367
or visit www.worldforestry.org.    


Two new films about rodeo and immigrant history will be shown during
the next two weeks by the Oregon Historical Society.

At 1 p.m. May 23 , documentary filmmaker Steve Wursta will present a
discussion and viewing of "From Cheyenne to Pendleton, the Rise and Fall
of the Rodeo Cowgirl."  This film documents womens participation in the
rodeo in the early decades of the 20th century features Idaho’s Bonnie
McCarroll, Colorado’s Bertha Blancett and Washington’s Mabel
Strickland. The presentation will take place at the Oregon History
Museum 1200 Park Ave. S., Portland. Pre-registration is encouraged by
phoning 503.306.5214 .

OHS, the Holy Names Heritage Center and McMenamins will feature "Come
Home Together" at 7 p.m. May 31 at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736
Northeast 33rd Ave., Portland.  This documentary, directed and produced
by Ivy Lin, traces the final journey of disinterred remains of early
Chinese immigrants from Portland to Hong Kong, removed in two
disinterments in 1928 and 1949.  In this film, Lin follows the missing
1949 shipment of remains of immigrants who made their home in Portland. 
More information about these events is available at


The Des Chutes Historical Museum will celebrate May 29-30 to celebrate
a new exhibit of artifacts from the John C. Fremont expedition of
1843-44, on loan from the Nevada State Museum and the U.S. Forest

On display will be the Mountain Howitzer cannon believed to have been
carried by the 1843-44 Fremont expedition on its trek through Oregon and
into Nevada. Coins and cooking pot fragments represent archaeological
evidence from Lake County that may also point to the route and
adventures of the party as they mapped the region.

Loren Irving, local photographer, will make encore presentations of his
talk "Finding Fremont in Oregon."  Irving followed in the expedition’s
path from The Dalles to the Oregon/Nevada border, capturing the
locations of the expedition’s campsites in photographs. Irving’s
narration of the journals combined with his photographs brings the trek
to life, detailing parts of the state where little has changed. Irving
will speak at 1 pm both May 29-30.

In addition, there will be blacksmithing and other period
demonstrations, wagon rides, and picnic fare. For more information,
visit www.deschuteshistory.org. 


The city of Redmond will begin its centennial celebration May 28-31. 

Oregon had been a State for 45 years by the time Frank and Josephine
Redmond pitched their first homestead tent near the area that would
later take on their namesake in 1906. With these agricultural roots, the
city was platted by an irrigation company building a major canal
project. In 1911, a year after the town was incorporated;
electrification reached Redmond as well as the Oregon Trunk Line
Railroad, which opened new markets for farmers and merchants in the

The centennial events include classroom skits and a centennial product
release on May 28; a Redmond fifth grade history, a "talking tombstones"
tour, and centennial dinner on May 29; and a community breakfast and
flag activity. For more information, visit


The Southern Oregon Historical Society, as part of its regional
technical assistance program, will begin a series of classes about basic
museum practice at 10 a.m. May 24. The first session will take place at
the SOHS History Center, 106 N. Central Ave., in Medford.

The program is supported by the Oregon Heritage Commission and the
State Historic Preservation Office, with their statewide partner funds
provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

For more information and pre-registration, contact Michael Golino at
golino at designjourney.com or 541-292-6612.


The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking an individual
this summer for an AmeriCorps position who will be a cultural and
ecological interpreter at the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area.
For more detailed information and a full job description, see the Oregon
State Parks Jobs page at: http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/JOBS/jobs.shtml 
Just scroll down to the Internships section. Other information is
available from Clyde Holliday Management Unit Park Manager Dennis
Bradley at 541-932-4453 or the department's statewide volunteer
coordinator Jill Nishball at 503-986-0752.
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