[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-09-21

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Tue Sep 21 09:33:46 PDT 2010

In this issue:
1.  Jacksonville staging several 150th anniversary events
2.  Heritage Commission to meet in Echo
3.  Archives crawl planned for Oct. 2
4.  Heritage vitality survey in final week
5.  Presentations scheduled for Portland area
6.  Encyclopedia to host discussion in Lebanon
7.  Arlington Club added to National Register


The City of Jacksonville is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its
incorporation with a series of events through Sept. 25. Heritage
activities include women's diary readings, history walks, presentations,
gold panning, and exhibits. A list of activities is available at

The Southern Oregon Historical Society Research Library's September
exhibit also celebrates Jacksonville's 150th birthday.  An eclectic
selection of artifacts from the society's collection include a
Jacksonville fireman's helmet and parade hat; an early Redmen's uniform;
a salesman's miniature sample cast iron stove; a lard pale labeled
"packed in Jacksonville, Oregon"; 1860 marriage and census records; and
several photos of early-day Jacksonville. To view the mini exhibit,
visit by the library at 106 North Central in Medford from noon-4 p.m.
Tuesday though Friday.  For more information, please contact (541)


The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at
Echo's City Hall.

A variety of issues related to Oregon heritage sites and organizations
is on the agenda for this public meeting. The mission of the Oregon
Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage
by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private
organizations; advocacy for all levels of support on its behalf;
education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and
celebration of its diversity.

For more information, contact commission coordinator Kyle Jansson at
503-986-0673 or heritage.info at state.or.us  


The first Oregon Archives Crawl this October in celebration of Oregon
Archives Month will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 2 in the
Portland area. Participants may walk, bike, run, or crawl between four
different downtown locations and learn what local archives offer
researchers, students, genealogists, scholars, homeowners, history
buffs, and the curious of any age.

The four locations include the Portland Archives and Records Center,
the Portland State University Library, Multnomah County Central Library
and the Oregon Historical Society.  At each place you can tour the
facilities and participate in activities that bring history to life. The
Oregon Historical Society and the Multnomah County Central Library will
also host displays by other area archives including the Oregon Jewish
Museum, Willamette University, Lewis & Clark College, the Oregon State
University, the Mazamas and the Washington County Museum. Each location
and participating organization will have family friendly activities
throughout the day.

A free Archives Crawl “passport” will be issued to help you
navigate the crawl. A fully stamped passport enters you in a raffle
drawing at an After Party that begins at 4 p.m. at the Oregon Historical
Society, 1200 SW Park Ave.. For more information about the Archives
Crawl, including a list of participating organizations, visit
http://pdxarchivists.wordpress.com/  or contact Anne LeVant Prahl at
curator at ojm.org  or 503.226.3600.


This is the final week to make your responses on initiatives proposed
in the second Oregon Heritage Vitality Survey. 

The online survey about the solutions is the next-to-last stage of an
Oregon Heritage Vitality Assessment by the Oregon Heritage Commission.
The final stage will be adoption of the assessment and recommended
solutions by the Heritage Commission later this fall.

Last fall, the Heritage Commission initiated an assessment of the
challenges being faced by heritage in Oregon. The assessment included an
initial survey, individual interviews, forums and data gathering.

This survey asks individuals for their views about eight issues and
solutions for each. The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete.
Please complete this survey now at

For more information, contact Heritage Commission coordinator Kyle
Jansson at 503-986-0673 or heritage.info at state.or.us 


Sept. 21:  At 7 p.m., Sarah Mirk and The Dill Pickle Club will present
“Know Your City: Examining Portland’s Forgotten History” with a
focus on the X-Ray Café. The club organizes educational projects on
local history, culture, and civics through the Oregon History Comics
with Mirk, an author and Portland Mercury reporter. Marc Moscato and
Kyle Von Hoetzendorff will present an illustrated lecture on their
“Forgotten Histories” programs, followed by Mirk speaking on the
group’s latest comic featuring Portland’s X-Ray Café, one of the
places important to the region’s alternative music scene in the 1990s.
The event will take place at the McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse,
4045 NW Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro. It is sponsored by the Oregon
Encyclopedia of History and Culture. For more information, contact 

Sept. 28: At 6:30 pm, “The Columbia River Gorge: Portland’s
Playground?” presented by Carl Abbott with Kristen Stallman from the
Oregon Department of Transportation, at McMenamins Edgefield Theater,
2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. Abbott looks at recreation in the
Gorge, tourism before the building of the Columbia River Highway, and
how the Scenic Area legislation changed how we look at one of Oregon’s
most remarkable landscapes. Stallman will present on the agency’s
efforts to reconnect the abandoned sections of the Historic Columbia
River Highway by 2016. The event is sponsored by the Oregon
Encyclopedia, a partnership between Portland State University, the
Oregon Council of Teachers of English, and the Oregon Historical

Oct. 2: At 10 a.m., historian Jack Bookwalter and design consultant
Karla Pearlstein will present "Boston of the West: The Colonial Revival
Home in Portland" at the Architectural Heritage Center. They will trace
the evolution of colonial revival styles in Portland, showing why they
have endured to become a popular house design. Pre-registration is
encouraged. For information and registration, visit www.visitahc.org 

Oct. 8: At 6 p.m., the Architectural Heritage Center will open a new
exhibit "Re-Bulding South Portland" in its Meyer Memorial Trust Gallery
at 701 SE Grand Ave. South Portland was the most visible immigrant
district in the city from the late 19th century into the 1950s. The area
was important in the development of neighborhood associations. Following
the reception, Portland State University professor Carol Abbot will give
a brief lecture on South Portland. For more information, visit


The Oregon Encyclopedia will host a meeting and discussion at 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St., Lebanon. The
event includes an overview of the library's Genealogy Room which
contains over 600 books on Oregon history and Linn County resources such
as census and school records. Editor-in-Chief Rick Hardt will lead a
discussion on how to write an Encyclopedia entry and will work with
participants to identify local topics that should be included in The
Encyclopedia. The meeting is free and open to the public. This event is
co-sponsored by the Lebanon Public Library. For more information, visit


The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office has announced the
placement of the Arlington Club in downtown Portland in the National
Register of Historic Places.

The Arlington Club was designed by notable architectural firm Whidden &
Lewis in 1910 for use as an elite men’s club patterned after
London’s West End gentlemen clubs. Nominated as a distinctive work
by Whidden & Lewis and also for its association with the development
boom in Portland following the Lewis and Clark Exposition, the Arlington
Club served throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century
as a center for social gatherings. The club is one of 61 historic
buildings in downtown Portland built between 1906 and 1914 and
identified as eligible for the National Register.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation
recommended the building’s nomination in June 2010. More than 550
historic Portland properties are listed in the National Register, which
is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the
National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. 

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings
is online at www.oregonheritage.org 
Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission,
which can be contacted at heritage.info at state.or.us 

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