[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-11-22

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Mon Nov 22 09:02:58 PST 2010

In this issue:
1.  Coos museum to be featured on Travel Channel
2.  Heritage walls exhibit opens at OHS
3.  Heritage Programs closed two days
4.  Historical society appoints new director
5.  Multnomah County seeks members for levy oversight committee


On Nov. 23, the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum will be highlighted
on "Mysteries at the Museum," airing on the Travel Channel.

In March of this year, a film crew from the Travel Channel spent a day
at the museum filming a segment about the museum's World War II Japanese
balloon bomb fragment. Now, nine months later, the show will air. Those
who want to catch this episode can check local listings or the Travel
Channel's Web site at www.travelchannel.com for show times.  More
information can be obtained by calling the museum at (541)756-6320.

For a sneak preview, check out this teaser on Youtube at


"Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride" is an exhibition about African
American murals throughout the United States, with a special focus on
those painted by Portland artists.  It opened last week at the Oregon
Historical Society, 1200 SW Park, Portland,

African Americans have a longstanding, but little-known, mural
tradition. Denied access to mainstream museums and galleries, venues
within the Black community became showcases for images of a people’s
historical struggles and achievements. The exhibit showcases murals from
all over the country with a special emphasis on work by the local

Highlights include work by two women artists, Charlotte Lewis and
Thelma Johnson Streat. The latter assisted Diego Rivera on one of his
mural projects. Also, getting significant attention for the first time
will be the Albina Mural Project, painted in 1977, in which seven
artists of color, mostly African American, researched regional Black
history and created five 20x20-foot panels that were seen by thousands
of Portlanders at the corner of North Vancouver Avenue and Alberta from

Video oral histories, archival documents and photos are also included.
Large format color photos, original mural-related sketches and
paintings, as well as actual portable murals are included.  For more
information, visit www.ohs.org 


As part of the unpaid furlough days being taken by state government
employees, the Heritage Programs Division of the Oregon Parks and
Recreation Department will be closed Nov. 26. In addition, the offices
will be closed Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Heritage Programs Division includes the State Historic Preservation
Office, the Oregon Heritage Commission, the Oregon Commission on
Historic Cemeteries, and the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council.

For more information, contact David Bogan at 503-986-0671 or
heritage.programs at state.or.us 


The Clackamas County Historical Society has made the part-time
appointment of Lisa M. Christopher as executive director. Christopher
will develop short- and long-range plans to fulfill the society's
mission and sustain operations of its facilities. Christopher also is
the principal of at LMChristopher & Associates, a heritage tourism
consulting firm based in Camas, Wash . The society is dedicated to
providing historical information and maintaining two museum buildings
(Museum of the Oregon Territory and the Stevens Crawford House) with
ongoing and special occasion exhibits open to the public on a limited
schedule. For more information visit www.clackamashistory.org, or the
society's Facebook page. 


Multnomah County voters earlier this month approved a five-year levy to
support the Oregon Historical Society. This funding will enable
restoration of the Oregon History Library and Museum’s hours, as well
as provide free admission for all schoolchildren and residents of
Multnomah County. Part of the accountability built into the measure is
the creation of an independent citizen’s oversight committee charged
with reviewing all levy expenditures to ensure they are used for their
intended purpose. The committee will meet twice annually and will
represent Multnomah County’s diverse communities. Potential committee
members should have a working understanding of budgeting process and a
strong commitment to accountability. Those interested should submit a
resume along with an explanation of qualifications to the Office of
Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, Attention: Emerald Bogue, 501 S.E.
Hawthorne Blvd., Ste. 600, Portland, 97214. Or email
emerald.bogue at multco.usThe deadline to apply is Dec. 6. For more
information, visit
or call Bogue at (503)988-5772.

Crook County voters also approved this month a four-year operating levy
for the Bowman Museum in Prineville.
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