[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-11-16

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Tue Nov 16 15:40:05 PST 2010

In this issue:
1.  Heritage Excellence Awards nominations available
2.  Cultural Trust releases annual report
3.  Youth activity program to connect with heritage and culture
4.  Cemeteries commissioner to host gathering in Medford
5.  Fur trade entanglements featured in Nov. 18 talk
6.  Sustainable preservation target of Dec. 8 workshop


Somewhere in communities across the state there are examples of
excellence for efforts on behalf of Oregon's heritage. The Oregon
Heritage Commission and State Historic Preservation Office will
recognize individuals, businesses and organizations for such outstanding
efforts with an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award in 2011.

Nominations are encouraged for exceptional and meritorious work;
special consideration is given to the development of new ideas,
approaches and innovations in heritage-related activities. The Oregon
Heritage Excellence Awards are also intended to honor those who have
made the most from available resources and skills.

Award nominations should be postmarked no later than Jan. 14. A
complete nomination package, which includes an application and other
supporting material, is available at
http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/award_info.shtml . The site also
lists previous Heritage Excellence Award recipients.

The 2011 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards will be presented April 8 at
the Oregon Heritage Conference in Astoria.


The Oregon Cultural Trust has published its Fiscal Year 2010 annual
report for the period July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010. The report details the
Trust's finances, programs and donors. It includes profiles of funded
projects at Fishtrap, Oregon Caves Chateau and the Portland opera. The
Trust's annual reports, dating back to 2003, are available at
www.culturaltrust.org or by request from cultural.trust at state.or.us
or 503-986-0088.

In FY 2010, the Trust distributed $1.45 million in 92 grants to
cultural nonprofits, county and tribal coalitions and statewide cultural
agencies. During the year, the Trust increased its income from
donations, cultural license plate sales and interest earned on its
permanent fund. More than 11,000 donors contributed to the Trust.

The Trust wants to increase the number of donors significantly this
year.  You can help, not only by making your donors aware of the
opportunity of giving to the Trust and earning the tax credit but
also...by making  a gift yourself.  

It doesn't matter how much you give, what matters is participation. 
The Cultural Trust is only as strong as its base of support.  Please
join with us in keeping Oregon culture strong and vibrant.  Donate 24/7
at www.culturaltrust.org.  Put the word HERITAGE in the notes field if
donating online. If you pay by check write HERITAGE on the check's memo
line, or if you donate over the phone mention the word HERITAGE. 


Over the next several months, the Oregon Recreation and Parks
Association will be developing and implementing a youth passport
program. The effort will unite federal, state, county, municipal,
nonprofit and for-profit agencies and organizations that provide outdoor
recreation opportunities encouraging more Oregon youth and families to
participate in 10 outdoor recreation activities. Heritage and history
are among the activities.

The program will target children age 6-12 years old and their parents.
The overall theme of the program is to get children outdoors and
physically active. The passport program will include a program website,
an official passport program name, a children's passport document, a
certificate of completion, and promotional materials for program
partners including promotional/instruction sheets, promotional posters,
and a program events calendar on the website.

To participate in the youth passport program, partners will need to
have one or more youth programs (allowing youth participation in one or
more of the 10 passport activities) during the program season. All
passport program materials will be completed and available for use by
program partners in April 2011. The program is scheduled to begin in May

For more information or to become a passport program partner, contact
Terry Bergerson via email at terry.bergerson at state.or.us.  


Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries commissioner Dirk Siedlecki
will host Nov. 19 a brown bag get together at the Santo Community
Center, Room 18, 701 N. Columbus Ave. in Medford. Participants from
historic cemetery organizations in the Jackson county are invited to
bring their lunch. Coffee, dessert and bottled water will be provided. A
casual meet and greet will take place at 11:30 a.m. The meeting and
discussion will start at 12 noon. For more information about the event
contact Dirk Siedlecki at (541) 826-9939.


At 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18, the Center for Columbia River History and the
Oregon Historical Society will present Portland State University
anthropologist Kenneth Ames talking about  "Entangled in the Fur Trade:
Or, The Archaeology of Contact on the Lower Columbia River". The talk
will take place at OHS, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland.

This free illustrated public talk will focus on entanglements  between
archaeologists and Native people, past and present. Until recently,
understanding of the fur trade era on the Lower Columbia River came
primarily through the written words of Euro-American explorers and
traders. These journals and diaries often paint a romanticized picture
of untamed wilderness and passive response by indigenous people to new
modes of exchange and culture. Archaeological scholarship since 1987, 
however, provides significant evidence of entanglement between Native
people of the Lower Columbia and the Euro-Americans who entered an
ancient, well-established system of trade, exchange, and values on the
Lower Columbia.

The word "entanglement" indicates complexity, intricacy and
inextricable linkages. Anthropologists use this term to describe the
two-way contact in which Native people actively participated and often
directed relations. Entanglement also describes relations between modern
archaeologists and Native communities. No longer do 
archaeologists traverse a one-way scholarly street, running from
archaeologists to descendant communities. Rather, their work has become
collaborative and interactive.

Ames' talk is the annual Castles Lecture of the Center for Columbia
River History. For more about this program, see
http://ccrh.org/calendar.php or www.ohs.org call 360-258-3289


Heritage Preservation, in cooperation with the National Park Service,
will present a workshop on sustainable preservation Dec. 8 in Seattle.
Participants will discuss the process and practice of using sustainable
preservation strategies for historic structures. Other topics will
include how the environmental goal of “reduce, reuse,recycle” can
enhance the capital cost competitiveness of preservation projects;
review of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
standards used to assess building performance; preservation challenges
relating to energy efficiency, windows, lighting, indoor air quality,
HVAC, and local andnational codes and regulations. An agenda is
available online at www.npi.org.
Architect Ralph DiNola is the instructor. A registration form is
available online at www.npi.org/register.html. For more information,
contact 703/765-0100 or
info at npi.org;www.npi.org 
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