[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-02-01

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Tue Feb 1 16:40:29 PST 2011

In this issue:
1.  Archaeologists to show findings at Heritage Conference
2.  Video shows 11 reasons to attend Astoria conference
3.  Conservation work to be highlighted at Tamastslikt
4.  Rural tourism studio includes cultural heritage workshop
5.  Bootcamp offered to genealogists


A session on the latest developments in Oregon archaeology will be
featured April 8 at the Oregon Heritage Conference. 

The topics that will be presented include "Diverse Stakeholders and
Archaeology: The Case of Old Town Bandon" by Mark Tveskov of Southern
Oregon University; "Living on the Upper End: The Archaeology and
Architecture of a 19th Century Native Homestead on the former-Klamath
Reservation" by Chris Ruiz of the Oregon State Museum of Natural and
Cultural History; and "Many Hands, Many Feet: Relocating the Free
Emigrant Road" by Leslie Hickerson of the Crescent Ranger District of
the Deschutes National Forest.

The Oregon Heritage Conference will take place April 7-9 in Astoria.
The conference will be attended by community leaders, staff and
volunteers from historical societies, museums, historic cemeteries,
ethnic organizations, schools, historic preservation commissions,
humanities groups, the tourism industry, economic development, history
buffs and professional historians, youth, and local, tribal, state and
federal governments.

You can learn more about the conference at
http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Conference.shtml or visit its
Facebook page at


There are hundreds, if not thousands of reasons, to visit Astoria for
the Heritage Conference, in addition to the conference content and
friendly colleagues. We've put together a brief video that shows eleven
reasons to attend. The video can be viewed at the conference website or
at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnJC_E7YAHk 


Tamástslikt Cultural Center's curatorial staff will conduct
deep-cleaning of the cases in the permanent exhibit Feb. 7-March 25 and
use the exhibit gallery as its base.

During this time, the permanent exhibits will continue to be open to
visitors.  However, visitors will be welcome to observe conservation in
action during this time when there is not a formal exhibit in the
gallery, which normally houses exhibits temporarily.  There will be a
terminal so the public can look at digital images of objects in the
Tamástslikt collection. The working conservation demonstration area
is dubbed as "Caring for the Past" by collections curator Randall
Melton, similar to the title of a project that Tamástslikt did with the
Institute for Museum and Library Services a few years ago. 

"We want people to know that we are doing our utmost to take good care
of the objects Tamástslikt has been entrusted with," said Melton. 
"Cleaning is a big part of preventing damage to artifacts, and it
requires a major effort with as large an exhibit as Tamástslikt.  We're
on the lookout for damaging bugs, dust, and frass.  Frass is the
excrement of invertebrates like bugs."   

For more information, contact Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in
Pendleton at (541) 966-9748 or visit www.tamastslikt.org. 


Oregon's Rural Tourism Studio (RTS), offered by Travel Oregon beginning
this month in the McKenzie River Valley, is open for registration. The
studio is a series of tourism development workshops offering customized
training aimed at harnessing regional opportunities to stimulate the
local economy, protecting and enhancing local resources, and fostering
new connections along with local pride. Community leaders, business
entrepreneurs, tour operators, lodging property owners, land managers,
outdoor enthusiasts, restaurateurs, event producers and anyone
interested in strengthening the local economy through tourism are
encouraged to participate in the program. 

The following workshops will be offered as part of the program:
Community Tourism Planning, Feb. 22-23; Nature-Based Tourism
Development, March 15; Bicycle Tourism Development, March 16; Cultural
Heritage Tourism Development, April 19; 
Agri-tourism Development, April 20; Rural Tourism Marketing on a
Shoestring, May 17; and Fundraising for Tourism Projects & Teaming for
Success, May 18  

All workshops will take place at the McKenzie River Mountain Resort
located at 51668 Blue River Drive, Blue River. There is a fee for each
workshop to help cover meal costs. 

Travel Oregon recommends that participants attend all workshops and
events to maximize the impact of the program. Participants who attend
six or more workshops will receive a certificate of completion from
Travel Oregon. The program has been designed specifically for the
McKenzie River Valley, but surrounding communities are welcome to
participate as space allows.

To register for the program, fill out an online registration form at
http://Industry.TravelOregon.com/RTS. For questions about the local
program, contact George Letchworth, Rural Tourism Studio steering
committee lead, at (541) 822-3744 or 
geoletch at aol.com. 


Bootcamp for Genealogists is a new 8-week series of classes being
offered by the Oregon Genealogical Society. It will be an interactive
course with lectures, hands on research, and individual research
assistance to help anyone get started or to jump start their research.
Topics include finding and interviewing relatives, 20th century
resources, libraries and genealogical societies, online resources and
databases, source citation, abstracting and transcribing records, and
evaluating your research. 

Classes begin Feb. 7 and consist of 8 three hour sessions held every
other week through May 16 . The first assignment is to be completed
prior to the first session. There will be research assignments given at
each session. 

Classes will be held at the Oregon Genealogical Society Research
Library, 955 Oak Alley, Eugene. Contact
education at oregongenealogicalsociety.org or call 541-345-0399 for more
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