[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-10-04

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Mon Oct 4 15:17:54 PDT 2010

In this issue:
1.  Advisory Committee to meet in Silverton
2.  Oral historians offer scholarship, new website
3.  National Archives to give research scholarship
4.  Building centennials to be celebrated in Ashland
5.  Coast Guard may dispose of historic lighthouse
6.  Quarterly seeks manuscripts about local history projects


Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation will
consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places in a
meeting Oct. 7-8 at the Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water St. in
Silverton.  All sessions will be in the City Council Chambers beginning
at 10 a.m. Oct. 7 and at 9 a.m. Oct. 8.

The committee will review nominations for individual properties in the
Scappoose area, Eugene, Portland, Enterprise and three homes in
Silverton.  The committee will also consider the Walker Naylor Historic
District in Forest Grove.  A meeting agenda is available at
http://www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/nrhp_sachphome.shtml .

Nominations recommended by the Advisory Committee go to the National
Park Service, which maintains the Register under the authority of the
National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.  Members of the committee
hold credentials in many historic preservation-related fields. 

Governor Ted Kulongoski recently appointed John Goodenberger of Astoria
as chair of the Advisory Committee. Goodenberger has served as the
committee's vice-chair for the past four years. He is an instructor at
Clatsop Community College in the Historic Preservation and Restoration
program, which he helped start in
2009.   In addition, he is the owner of Historic Research and Design, a
preservation firm in Astoria. Kulongoski also has appointed Deb
Schallert to the committee.  Schallert is currently employed with
Portland General Electric as a project manager overseeing hydroelectric
licensing, transmission permitting, and PGE’s compliance with laws
protecting historic resources.

The Silverton meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. 
Special accommodations for the meeting may be made by calling (503)


The Northwest Oral History Association is offering two scholarships of
$250 each to support attendance at the Pacific Northwest History
Conference Nov. 3-5 in Spokane.  Recipients must be association members
in good standing. The conference carries the theme of "Game Changers and
History Makers: Women in Pacific Northwest History" and takes place
during a period when many Northwest states, including Oregon, will be
celebrating the centennial of women's suffrage in their states.

More information about the scholarship is available at the
association's new website at
http://www.northwestoralhistory.org/annual.html  More information
about the conference, including a basic oral history workshop,  is
available at http://www.wshs.org/heritageServices/conferences.aspx


The National Archives and Records Administration, with the support of
the Foundation for the National Archives, announces a new program
designed to give researchers the opportunity to conduct original
research using records held at National Archives locations in Atlanta,
Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Seattle. This is an opportunity
for researchers to explore often overlooked records held by NARA and to
experience what many researchers have discovered - that you do not have
to go to Washington, D.C. to do research at the National Archives.

For 2011, one fellow will be assigned to each of the participating
National Archives facilities, for a total of five fellowships. Each
fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend to assist with travel and research

For more information, visit


The Ashland Historic Commission and the Ashland Elks will celebrate
this week the centennial of the Ashland Elks building and the Columbia
Hotel building. In addition to a variety of activities Oct. 7-9, the
commission will host a dinner Oct. 7 with a  lecture on the value of
historic preservation. For more information, visit


The U. S. Coast Guard has released a Waterways Analysis and Management
System report on the Umpqua River which states that the Umpqua River
Lighthouse is not required for safe navigation. This determination opens
the door for the U.S. Coast Guard to begin the process to discontinue
the Umpqua River Light as a federal aid to navigation.

The review included multiple surveys from local waterway users, as well
as consultation with commercial towing companies, the Port of Umpqua,
and other local entities.  The majority of respondents indicated the
Umpqua River Light is a secondary, or backup aid to navigation. 

Specific plans for the disposition of the lighthouse will be made at a
later time, according to the Coast Guard.  There are currently no plans
to remove the historic Fresnel lens from the lighthouse. One possible
future action is the transfer of ownership of a lighthouse via the
National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000.  This process was
set up to transfer lighthouses to preservation groups who can preserve
historic property.  During the process, a determination is made as to
which interested groups can best manage and preserve the property. 
Under NHLPA, the classical lens may be transferred with the lighthouse
and used as a private aid to navigation or as a static display.

Rear Admiral Gary T Blore, Commander of the 13th Coast Guard District
stated: “The determination of navigational necessity of Umpqua River
Light was made only after careful review and consideration.  While this
lighthouse may no longer be necessary as a primary, federally-maintained
aid to navigation, I recognize and am sensitive to the significant
community and economic importance of this historical structure to the
local community.  We are committed to the continued operation of this
lighthouse until a transfer strategy is developed, and will ensure
public comment is encouraged.

A copy of the recent report can be found at:
http://www.uscg.mil/d13/dpw/wams.asp Additional information about the
lighthouse is available at
http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=130 and


The Oregon Historical Quarterly plans to publish "Local History
Spotlights" that describe programs, events, and projects taking place
around the state. The journal recognizes that local historical
societies, libraries, and other groups are doing good work in
investigating the past and educating the public about our history, and
wants to document that work and make more people aware of it. Editor
Eliza Canty-Jones expects Spotlights to be from 750 to 1500 words and to
include one or two images. If you have a project, event, or program
coming up in 2011, contact Canty-Jones, at 503.306.5236 or
eliza.canty-jones at ohs.org to discuss spotlighting it in the Oregon
Historical Quarterly.
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