[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-04-20

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Wed Apr 20 09:46:34 PDT 2011

In this issue:
1.  Potter advocacy and education funds available
2.  McMath award to honor Elisabeth Walton Potter
3.  Wilson presented with National Park Service award
4.  Pendleton Round-up Association receives tourism achievement award
5.  Historian Jensen celebrated for scholarship
6.  Grand Ronde canoe exhibit opens 


The Elisabeth Potter Historic Preservation Advocacy and Education
Awards to assist conference and workshop attendance are given each year
by the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. The awards are named
in honor of Elisabeth Walton Potter, who as historian for the Oregon
Parks and Recreation Department in 1966 was the first staff member of
the federally-mandated statewide program in historic preservation.
Potter retired in 1998 as program coordinator for nominations to the
National Register of Historic Places.

Funds will be distributed for travel expenses to a historic
preservation-related conference or workshop chosen by the award winner
and approved by the State Historic Preservation Office. Eligible travel
expenses include transportation, lodging, meals and conference
registration fees.

The State Historic Preservation Office encourages applications from
every region of Oregon. Awards are competitive. After attending the
conference, award recipients will provide the State Historic
Preservation Office with a written report about their experiences and
ways they intend to apply what was learned to historic preservation
advocacy or education efforts in their community.

Applications are available at
http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/docs/EWP_2011_app.pdf   and are due at
5 p.m. May 31. Mail the completed application to David Bogan, Oregon
Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem, OR
97301. For more information, email David.Bogan at state.or.us, or call
(503) 986-0671. 

Elisabeth Walton Potter’s longtime role as a public historian
specializing in architectural history and historic preservation has
earned her the University of Oregon’s 2011 George McMath Award.  The
University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation Program and the Venerable
Group, Inc., present the McMath Awards annually to recognize an
outstanding individual whose contributions in Oregon have raised
awareness and advocacy for historic preservation.

She will receive the award during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. May 6 at the
university's Portland campus at 70 NW Couch St.  The reservation
deadline is April 26.  For more information, contact Twyla Tritt at
541-346-3697 or visit http://aaa.uoregon.edu/node/1414 . 

In 1998, Potter officially retired as coordinator of National Register
nominations for the State Historic Preservation Office in the Oregon
Parks and Recreation Department. The beginning of her career in the
State Parks organization coincided with passage of the National Historic
Preservation Act of 1966. After thirty years, she had written, edited,
or processed for review approximately 1,500 nominating documents for
properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Her
interest in historic cemeteries led to preparation of National Register
Bulletin 41, “Guidelines for Evaluating and Registering Cemeteries and
Burial Places,” in cooperation with National Park Service coauthor
Beth Boland.
The McMath Award honors the late George McMath, the “Father of
Preservation” in Portland. An architect and preservationist, his
life-long commitment to restoring and preserving Portland’s
architectural history cemented his reputation as one of the most
significant figures in safeguarding Oregon’s rich architectural
Douglas Wilson, a National Park Service archaeologist based at Fort
Vancouver National Historic Site, is the 2011 recipient of the John L.
Cotter Award for Excellence in National Park Service Archeology. Wilson
brought together a multi-disciplinary team to ensure a fuller
understanding about the Station Camp / Middle Village archaeological
site, a part of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. 
Wilson incorporated a battery of scientific techniques into the
research design in order to establish the site’s chronology and tease
additional data from the artifacts, including Carbon-14 dating, ground
penetrating radar,  magnetometry, and isotope analyses. The research
will be the basis for park interpretive developments. For more
information, visit  http://www.nps.gov/fova/parknews/cotteraward2011.htm

The Oregon Tourism Commission presented a 2010 Tourism and Hospitality
Industry Achievement Award to the Pendleton Round-up Association at the
2011 Governor's Conference on Tourism. The Round-Up Association received
the award for outstanding use of Oregon's cultural history to draw
visitors to the state.

The centennial celebration of the Pendleton Round-Up in 2010 brought
more than 100,000 visitors to the area and approximately $55 million in
economic stimulus to the community. The Pendleton Round-Up stayed true
to its roots and treated visitors to special re-enactments of the
"frontier exhibition of picturesque pastimes, Indian and military
spectacles, cowboy racing and bronco busting," as the Round-Up was
described in 1910. The people of the Umatilla, Cayuse and Walla Walla
Tribes participated as they have for the last 99 years, bringing
traditional dancing, drumming, handcrafted artwork, a teepee village and

For more information, visit


Western Oregon University has selected Kimberly Jensen, professor and
head of its history department, as the recipient of its annual Mario and
Alma Pastega Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

"Not only is she a skilled historical scholar, she is a gifted mentor
in involving undergraduate students in historical research," said
Stephen Scheck, dean of the university's College of Liberal Arts and
Science. She is the author of "Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the
First World War", one of the editors for the Oregon Encyclopedia of
History and Culture, and on the organizing committee of Century of
Action, the group leading the celebration of woman's suffrage in Oregon.
She is also a member of the Oregon Heritage Commission.

For more information, visit  http://www.wou.edu/las

A collaboration between the Willamette Heritage Center and the Cultural
Resources Department of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde brings a
new exhibit "Grand Ronde’s Canoe Journey" to the Willamette Heritage
Center at The Mill, 1313 Mill St., Salem. Illustrating the cultural
importance and heritage of the historic shovelnose canoes used by the
native peoples to travel throughout the Willamette Valley, the exhibit
will run through May 30.
Created by curator David Lewis, manager of the Confederated Tribes of
Grand Ronde's cultural resources department, the exhibit highlights the
types and technology of historic canoes, explores how they were a
central part of native culture in western Oregon and moves from the
historic canoes into a discussion of how the Grand Ronde community is
rediscovering the art of canoe making. As part of the exhibit, Grand
Ronde community members will create a Kalapuya shovelnose canoe in the
historically accurate style. Visitors to the center and its website may
view the new construction and chat with the canoe builders. For more
information, visit www.missionmill.org or call 503 585 7012.
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