[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2010-09-24

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Fri Sep 24 16:17:52 PDT 2010

In this issue:
1. OHS to host Days of Culture kickoff
2.  Fremont documentary to debut Oct. 5 in Bend
3.  Presentations slated in Cave Junction, Medford, Ashland
4.  Workshop, symposium scheduled for Oct. 9
5.  Quilt event patches together three Salem sites
6.  Apple crush planned at Champoeg


The Oregon Historical Society will host a special kick-off of the
Oregon Cultural Trust's Days of Culture from 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 1. The
event includes evening programming and night-time access to the OHS
museum. Attendees will view a display from the Oregon Northwest Black
Pioneers and a new exhibit "Exposicion Gabriel Figueroa," as well as
have a guided tour of "Oregon, My Oregon." Performances by the Northwest
Chinese Academy dancers and Ballet Folklorico will take place. There
will also be a cake celebrating the Cultural Trust's birthday.

Oregon Days of Culture celebrates the eighth birthday of the Oregon
Cultural Trust and highlights heritage, arts and humanities in the
state. Its website, OregonDaysofCulture.org includes Cultural Trust
Facebook and Twitter feeds and allows users to post photos and videos of
their cultural confessions.  It lists proclamations, speaking
engagements, and media coverage; it includes a speakers bureau, sample
letters to the editor and a downloadable toolkit for those posting
Oregon Days of Culture events.  

For more information about the OHS event, visit
 For reservations, phone 503-306-5214.


The Deschutes County Historical Society's new documentary,"Finding
Fremont in Oregon, 1843", will premiere at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at McMenamins'
Old St. Francis
Theater, 700 NW Bond St., Bend. 

Produced in partnership with Loren Irving and Sandy Cummings of
TVStoryteller, the documentary makes the story of John C. Fremont's 1843
trek through Oregon come to life through Fremont's journal entries and
Irving's color photography. Irving located and recorded all of Fremont's
31 Oregon camps, strung out from The Dalles to the Nevada border.
Funding for the documentary was provided by the Bend Foundation and the
Starview Foundation. 

For more information, visit the Des Chutes Historical Museum website at
www.deschuteshistory.org   or call 541-389-1813.       


Cave Junction: Charles Harrison, who helped re-design the iconic
View-Master in 1958, will speak at the Oregon Caves Chateau lobby at 7
p.m. Sept. 25, and at 3 p.m. Sept. 26. Harrison has been involved in the
design of more than 750 consumer products, including toasters, stereos,
the first portable hair dryer, the see-through measuring cup, Craftsman
tools, and the first plastic garbage can - something for nearly every
area of the home. The View-Master has sold with only minor color changes
for over 40 years and can be found in households throughout the world.
This toy, which was invented in 1938 following a chance meeting of two
camera buffs at the Oregon Caves, is often referenced in television ads
and other media. The Oregon Caves Chateau is located at 201 Caves Hwy at
Cave Junction. For more information, phone 541-592-3400.

Medford/Ashland: "The Rogue Valley Pear Industry” presented by Sue
Naumes will be presented at noon Oct. 6 at the Medford Central Library
and Oct. 13 at the Ashland Public Library. The free talks are
co-sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the Jackson
County Library System. Prior to the introduction of vineyards, pear
orchards once formed the basis of the largest agricultural industry in
the Rogue Valley.  Naumes’ talk will highlight the evolution of the
industry with personal insight from her family’s experience. For more
information on the series, call SOHS at 541-899-8123 or the Jackson
County Library at 541-774-8689.


Oct. 9 in Oregon will feature a masonry workshop in Astoria and a World
War II symposium in Bend.

>From 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. the Lower Columbia Preservation Society is
sponsoring a workshop on masonry.  Joe Herman, who has worked with
masonry for many years, will explain techniques for building and
repairing masonry.  The workshop will start at 1264 Grand Ave., Astoria,
an example of repairing exterior masonry pillars.  Other buildings will
also be examined. Park on 14th or Grand between 14th or 15th. For
information and reservations, contact Pamela Alegria at 503-325-8024.

The Deschutes County Historical Society presents a symposium "World War
II in Central Oregon: The Home Front" on from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Featuring
a number of speakers from around the area, the symposium highlights the
impact of World War II in Central Oregon, including U.S. Army combat
engineer training at Camp Abbot, army training maneuvers on the high
desert, and Army pilot training. The event  concludes with a showing of
the film "On Paper Wings", about the Bly-area balloon bomb explosion
that caused the only stateside civilian deaths stateside during World
War II. More information and registration forms are available at the Des
Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave., or on the museum's website,


The annual quilt event Quiltopia will involve three Salem heritage
organizations when it takes place Oct. 1-3 in Salem.The three-day
festival includes a variety of activities, which includes the Quilted
Forest Quilt Show at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St.,
Salem.  In addition, Historic Deepwood Estate, 1116 Mission St., will
host sessions on identifying and documenting quilts at noon and 2 p.m.
Oct. 2. Bush House, 600 Mission St., will also show vintage quilts each
day. For more information, visit


Apples are the theme at Apple Harvest Festival from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Oct.
2 at Champoeg State Heritage Area.  Costumed volunteers will offer
visitors a chance to press and sample fresh apple cider, sample Dutch
oven baked apple desserts and hot cider, string apple circles to dry at
home, and bob for apples in the big washtub.  This public event is free
with the purchase of a $5 parking permit.  For more information please
contact Kim Martin at 503-678-1649 or kim at champoeg.org 
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