[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-10-05

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Tue Oct 5 09:42:14 PDT 2010

In this issue:
1.  Archaeology celebration schedule online
2.  Collections care webinars offered this fall
3.  IMLS solicits proposals for new Sparks grants
4.  Biographical dictionary details fur traders
5.  Registrar opening in Eugene


"What's the Point?" is the theme of the Oregon Archeological
Celebration that highlights information about some of the oldest
artifact traditions in Oregon. 

A calendar of events listing lectures, displays, on-site
demonstrations, walking tours and other educational activities included
in the celebration is available at 


The Institute of Museum and Library Services’ national initiative,
Connecting to Collections, created a national network of individuals and
institutions committed to preserving collections for future generations.
 This fall, the IMLS, Heritage Preservation, and the American
Association for State and Local History are offering a series of
webinars as the next installment of this effort.    
Based on the content of the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf,
Forums, and Workshops, these webinars will connect you with experts and
colleagues to discuss issues of common concern.  The series is designed
for libraries, museums, and archives, and will be of special interest to
staff members of small to mid-sized institutions. 
The series has a dual focus: 1) Learning how to conduct outreach to the
media, the public, and funders on behalf of collections, and 2) Deriving
maximum benefit from the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf. 
You can sign up for the entire series, or select just the sessions that
most interest you.  It’s free of charge.  Each of the 90 minute
webinars will begin with an interactive presentation, followed by
discussion and Q&A.  A trained moderator will ensure a lively session.
For more information and to register for the webinars, visit


The IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are a new
IMLS funding opportunity within the National Leadership Grants program.
These grants encourage libraries, archives, and museums to challenge
existing assumptions about how they operate and the services they
provide. These small grants support the deployment, testing, and
evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products,
services, or organizational practices. Applicants may propose activities
or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by
significant potential for improvement in the ways cultural heritage
institutions serve their communities.

Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of
broad relevance to libraries, archives, and/or museums, will test
innovative responses to these problems, and will make the findings of
these tests widely and openly accessible. 

The deadline for applications is Nov. 15. The next pre-application
teleconference is Oct. 13. For additional information about the Sparks
grants, visit 


British Columbia based historian Bruce McIntyre Watson and the Centre
for Social, Spatial, and Economic Justice, an academic research centre
located on the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, have
introduced a 3-volume set, "Lives Lived West of the Divide: A
Biographical Dictionary of Fur Traders Working West of the Rockies,

The work is a result of 20 years of research into the individuals
involved in the fur trade west of the Rocky Mountains and spans the
international border from Northern British Columbia to southern Oregon. 
Avoiding the traditional fur trade historiography often written from the
point of view of the decision makers, this more inclusive comprehensive
biographical dictionary details the lives of over 3,500 individuals who
were involved in the fur trade during the period 1793-1858. The main
biographical section (which spans all three volumes) is introduced by
chapters on the various groups of people and companies which employed
them, as well as a detailed breakdown of the fur trade posts in terms of
physical structure and the necessities that the men manufactured within
the posts. This is followed by a lengthy narrative on the complex daily
realities that the ordinary fur traders experienced, family lives,
special events, daily routines, celebrations and holidays, conflicts and
resolutions and adjustment to the realities of the inevitable non-fur
trade pioneer settlement. 

Following the extensive biographical entry section is a comprehensive
set of appendices detailing all of the fur trade forts and posts and
their personnel, the ships servicing the land based fur trade, medical
instruments and medicines found at the posts, a sampling of items that
individuals ordered in, and a listing of books found in company and
private post libraries. Last, showing how the fur traders moved on with
their lives, is the post-fur trade settlement patterns on both sides of
the international border.

For more information, visit


The Lane County Historical Museum seeks a part-time (20 hours per week)
Registrar. It is an entry level position responsible for cataloguing and
storing the three dimensional artifacts not included in the Museum’s
library, archival and photographic collections.  Required: College
degree or equivalent experience, computer literacy (MS Office), strong
verbal and written communication skills, works well independently and
with others. Desired: Experience with museum databases, PastPerfect
preferred. . Send cover letter, resume, and references before Oct. 11
to:  Director, Lane County Historical Museum, 740 W. 13th Ave., Eugene,
OR 97402
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