[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-04-27
heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Apr 27 14:32:35 PDT 2011
In this issue:
1. Historic Preservation Fair May 12 at State Capitol
2. Comment deadline nears for state preservation plan
3. Historic district session set for Saturday
4. Registration underway for archaeology field school
5. Champoeg to host Founders Day events
6. Cemeteries commission seeks new member
HISTORIC PRESERVATION FAIR MAY 12 AT STATE CAPITOL
On May 12, Heritage Programs, a division of the Oregon Parks and
Recreation Department, will host a Preservation Month Fair at the State
Capitol State Park in Salem. Community organizations from around the
area and several state agencies will provide information about their
efforts to help preserve Oregon’s history.
The event will be held from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. on the north side of Court
Nineteen organizations will highlight the their institutions and their
local and statewide work to preserve sites related to Oregon’s
historic events, persons, and places.
Participating exhibitors include the Willamette Heritage Center, Salem
Landmarks Commission, Historic Deepwood Estate, Willamette University
Archives, Oregon State Hospital Museum, Oregon Military Museum, Oregon
State Parks, Oregon Cultural Trust, The Historic Preservation League of
Oregon, the National Trust, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon
State Capitol Foundation, Oregon State Archives, Oregon State Library,
Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council, Oregon Historic Cemeteries
program, and the National Register of Historic Places program. Students
of Clatsop Community College will demonstrate traditional building
techniques and the McKenzie “A’s” Model A club will display 65
As part of the event, the Oregon State Capitol will offer a free
30-minute tour of the building at 11 a.m., including a 121-step climb to
see the “Oregon Pioneer,” which stands atop the building, and the
spectacular view of the city and the surrounding area. Following the
climb, personnel from State Capitol State Park will guide visitors
through the history of the grounds at noon.
Capitol building tourists should meet 10 minutes early at the
information kiosk on the 1st floor. The grounds tour will begin at the
Historic Preservation Fair.
COMMENT DEADLINE NEARS FOR STATE PRESERVATION PLAN
The State Historic Preservation Office recently made available for
public comment a draft of the updated Historic Preservation Plan for
Oregon. The National Park Service requires state preservation offices to
complete and revise state plans every five or six years.
The Oregon Historic Preservation Plan serves as a guide for State
Historic Preservation Office activities. Annual work plans for the
office and for individual staff members are rooted in the plan. It also
provides a framework for the goals and activities of preservationists
statewide. The plan allows them to see how their specific concerns and
goals fit into the big picture of preservation issues and activities
Go to www.oregonheritage.org to find a link to the plan. Submit
comments by April 30 to Oregon State Historic Preservation Office,
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St., Suite C, Salem,
HISTORIC DISTRICT SESSION SET FOR SATURDAY
The Architectural Heritage Center will host a National Register
Historic Districts Symposium at 10 a.m. April 30. A National Register
Historic District listing is the strongest preservation tool to
preserve historic buildings. A panel of local and state experts will
clarify the details about National Register Historic Districts.
Participants will learn to become a district and what it means to be
part of a district. The program is aimed at people interested in
creating a historic district or who are already part of a historic
For more information and registration, visit
http://www.visitahc.org/node/468 or phone 503 231-7264.
REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR ARCHEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL
Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver, the
National Park Service and the Fort Vancouver National Trust have
announced a field school in historical archaeology June 14-July 30 at
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Lewis and Clark National Park.
The program will introduce the methods and theories of fieldwork in
historical archaeology. Students will participate in all aspects of
field and laboratory work: laying out units, excavation
by shovel and trowel, mapping, drawing, photography, and cleaning,
identifying, and analyzing artifacts.
The season will also include lectures by guest speakers and staff.
This year’s field school will explore Fort Vancouver’s multicultural
village (also known as “Kanaka Village”). This colonial village was
the largest settlement in the Pacific Northwest in the 1830s and 1840s.
It contained people from all over the world and the Pacific Northwest,
including Native Hawaiians, African Americans, the Métis, and people of
many different American Indian tribes. For one week during the latter
portion of the course, the school will move to Lewis and Clark National
Park to conduct survey on new park lands.
For more information and an application, please go to:
Applications are due May 6.
CHAMPOEG TO HOST FOUNDERS DAY EVENTS
Friends of Historic Champoeg will host its annual celebration of the
history and legacy of Champoeg State Heritage Area from 1-4 p.m. May 7
in its visitor center. This year’s theme is "Celebrations at
Champoeg" and will include president Teddy Roosevelt presented in first
person by Richard Cassidy. Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers’
president Jim Tompkins’ presentation will highlight the relationship
his organization has had with Champoeg Park. Hammer dulcimer and flute
music provided by Heartstrings.
In addition, the Oregon Draft Horse Breeders Association is holding its
plowing competition from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 20 teams will compete
against one another and work the soil in the field below the Visitor
Center to get it ready to plant wheat. Fort Vancouver blacksmiths will
also be pounding iron on their vintage forges near the horse plowing
area. On April 30-May 1, heritage quilts will be on display at the
For more information contact Kim Martin at 503-678-1649,
kim at champoeg.org ., or call the store at 503-678-1605.
CEMETERIES COMMISSION SEEKS NEW MEMBER
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking a volunteer to
fill the position of a commissioner who recently resigned.
In 1999 the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, made up of seven
citizens, was empowered by the legislature to develop and maintain a
listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; to make
recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative
appropriations for historic cemeteries, and to assist in the
coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic
The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the
state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects,
programs and grant selection. The commissioners are also asked to
provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects
outside of meeting time.
The commission is particularly seeking a representative from the
central and south areas of the East side of the state, but all are
encouraged to apply. Please apply before June 1.
The state historic cemeteries program, a part of Oregon Park and
Recreation Department’s Heritage Programs, maintains a list of
Oregon’s historic cemeteries and offers a variety of educational,
financial and technical resources for those working to preserve them.
Details are available at http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OCHC/ or by
contacting Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill at state.or.us , or by phone at
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