[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-04-01

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Fri Apr 1 15:21:00 PDT 2011

In this issue (no fooling!):
1.  Register now for Heritage Conference
2.  Three Silverton homes listed in National Register
3.  Two preservation grants available from NEH
4.  Proposals sought for architecture history conference
5.  Presentations planned in sixl Oregon cities
6.  Cultural Trust seeks proposals for contractor


If you want to register for the Oregon Heritage Conference April 7-9 or
the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards dinner  and want
to ensure you have food, the time to register is now.

“A Blockbuster Community: Heritage, Authenticity and Vision" is the
theme for the three-day conference in Astoria. Attendees will
participate in seminars, workshops, tours, meetings, and other
activities during the three days. The Heritage Excellence Awards is held
in conjunction with the conference. 

Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding
contributions to preserving Oregon heritage over time will receive 2010
Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards dinner.

The Heritage Conference brings together staff and volunteers from
historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and
universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums,
tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and
tribal governments. 

Details and registration for the conference and dinner are available
through the Heritage Programs website: www.oregonheritage.org. If you
want to ensure meals and a conference packet, and haven't registered
yet, contact Tracy Zeller at 503-986-0690. Registration at the
conference will be by check only. 


The DeGuire, Drake and Adams houses in Silverton are Oregon’s latest
entries in the National Register of Historic Places. 
Located north of downtown on East Hill, the 1906 Murton E. and Lillian
DeGuire House is recognized for its architectural merit as a
Free-Classic Queen Anne, a style that incorporates an eclectic mix of
Queen Anne and Classical Revival design elements. The Dequire family
were early Silverton settlers, and their son, Murton, grew up in town
working as dentist and later as a dairyman. He was also a locally-noted
musician and led the Silverton Band for many years. 
June D. Drake was a prominent local photographer and influential
community leader who was widely known as a noted Silverton historian,
collector of artifacts, and as the individual behind the establishment
of Silver Falls Park State Park, portions of which he purchased himself
and donated for public use. Drake’s 1904 home on Water Street is the
only remaining structure associated with his life’s work and is
recognized for his accomplishments and as a local example of a modest
Free-Classic Queen Anne cottage.
The imposing two-and-a-half story Adams House sits prominently on Main
Street overlooking downtown. Constructed in 1912 for lawyer,
businessman, and politician Louis J. Adams, the building is recognized
as an outstanding example of a Craftsman Style, which is clearly
demonstrated through the building’s low-slope roof, wrap-around porch,
and the heavy, rustic stylistic cues embodied in the stucco finish,
decorative bargeboards, knee bracing, window trim, and substantial porch
posts, among other decorative elements. The period interior retains the
characteristic center-hall open floor plan and built-in features common
to buildings of this style.
The three properties were listed using a document called a Multiple
Property Submission, which was entitled “Silverton, Oregon and its
Environs.” Prepared by the City of Silverton using a grant from the
Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, the document describes the
history of Silverton and allows for owners of residential properties to
more easily list their homes on the Register. 
Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation
recommended the acceptance of the Multiple Property Submission and
nomination of all three properties in October 2010. Six other buildings
and the Downtown are already 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 http://www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/index.shtml 


Applications are now available for two preservation grant programs of
the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized
institutions-such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival
repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices,
and colleges and universities-improve their ability to preserve and care
for their significant humanities collections. Preservation Assistance
Grants may be used for general preservation assessments; consultations
with professionals to address a specific preservation issue, need, or
problem; purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies;
purchase of environmental monitoring equipment for humanities
collections; and education and training.  The application deadline is
May 3.
Preservation and Access Education and Training grants help the staff of
cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills
needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants
also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of
conservators and preservation professionals, as well as projects that
introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and
advances in preservation and access practices. These grants, which have
an application deadline of June 30, support:
-- regional preservation field services that provide a wide range of
education and training (for example, through surveys, workshops,
consultations, reference services, and informational materials about the
care of humanities collections), especially for staff at smaller
libraries, museums, archives, and other cultural organizations;
-- workshops that address preservation and access topics of national
significance and broad impact, such as collections care training for
staff members who are responsible for the day-to-day care and management
of humanities collections; preventive conservation and sustainable
preservation strategies; disaster preparedness, response, and recovery;
the preservation of and provision of access to recorded sound and moving
image collections; digital preservation; and best practices for
enhancing and integrating access to collections in libraries, archives,
and museums.

For more information about the grants and the application process,
visit http://www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html or contact
NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570 or
preservation at neh.gov 


The call is going out for papers for the annual conference of the
Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of
Architectural Historians.  This year's theme is "Taming the West:
Changing Landscapes and Resource Extraction" and will be held Oct. 7-9
in Boise.  Abstracts are due May 14. Further information can be found
at: http://www.sahmdr.org/ 


Bend:  Thomas McDannold will give a talk at 2p.m. April 2 at the High
Desert Museum on some of the hundreds of places associated with Oregon's
Chinese Heritage. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. the same day, children and adults
can pan for gold at the museum's re-created High Desert placer mine. The
High Desert Museum is located south of Bend at 59800 S. Highway 97. For
more information, visit   www.highdesertmuseum.org 

Eugene:  The Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House is presenting a lecture
series this spring  with the theme of "Building Modern Eugene." The
talks will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the house at 303 Willamette St.
The dates, speakers and topics are April 6, architect Otto Poticha on
"Where Eugene has been and where we’re going"; April 20,  Joe Barthlow
on a hands-on restoration of a Modern-style house; May 4, 5th Street
Public Market owner Brian Obie on preservation and redevelopment; and
May 18, Karen Seidel and Judi Horstmann, on Fairmount neighborhood
history. For more information, phone (541)484-0808 or visit

Medford:  Historian Bill Alley will lecture on the history of aviation
in southern Oregon at 11 a.m. April 7 at the Southern Oregon
Historical Society Research Library, 106 N. Central Ave.  Alley and the
Southern Oregon Historical Society recently co-published "Images of
America: Aviation in Southern Oregon".  When the City of Medford built
Newell Barber Field in 1920, it established the first municipally owned
airfield in the state. In 1926, Pacific Air Transport selected Medford
as a station for the West Coast airmail route. The lecture is open to
the public.  For more information, contact the historical society at
(541) 773-6536 or visit www.sohs.org.

Newport:  Victoria Sturtevant will lead a conversation about rural
landscapes and livelihoods at 2 p.m. April 9 at the Carriage House of
the Lincoln County Historical Society, 545 SW Ninth St.  The program is
sponsored by Oregon Humanities. The program is free. For more
information, call  541-265-7509. 

Portland:  "The Future of the Past: Heritage Conservation in England
and Portland in the 21st Century" will be discussed by a scholar from
England at 7 p.m. April 7 at the Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE
Grand Ave. Alina Congreve will review the system of legal protection in
England and the roles of local government and volunteer organizations.
Congreve will discuss the positive role that heritage has to play in
urban renewal projects -- where heritage can be an asset rather than a
burden to development. She will conclude by looking at a range of
successful projects to engage a wider audience in heritage protection.
Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information visit

Salem:  Jonathan King, Keeper of Anthropology at the British Museum,
will deliver an illustrated lecture on the Native American collections
at the British Museum at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in the Paulus Lecture Hall in
Willamette University's College of Law, 245 
Winter St. SE, in Salem. Admission is free. King is in Oregon as the
guest of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. For the past 35 years,
King has worked at the British Museum, where he has organized dozens of
exhibitions and written extensively in the field of Native American art.


The Oregon Cultural Trust seeks proposals for the planning and
coordination of Oregon Days of Culture 2011. With guidance from staff of
the Cultural Trust, and working with a steering committee for the Oregon
Days of Culture, the contractor will provide leadership, vision and
planning for 2011 Oregon Days of Culture, signature event(s)
specifically developing and linking cultural nonprofit activity
statewide to the Oregon Cultural Trust's 2011 fund development goals.
The RFP is available at
Proposals are due April 11.
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