[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-02-16

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Feb 16 16:03:22 PST 2011

In this issue:
1.  Several groups to meet at Heritage Conference
2.  Black pioneers exhibit opens at Portland city hall
3.  Harney County history resources highlighted
4.  State Library hosts spring lecture series
5.  Talks slated in Newport, Portland, Troutdale


Four statewide organizations are planning to have meetings in
conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Conference that takes place April
7-9 in Astoria.

The Oregon Heritage Commission, the Oregon Commission on Historic
Cemeteries, the Oregon Travel Information Council and the Oregon Museums
Association have all scheduled meetings during that time.

The Heritage Commission will meet at 8 a.m. April 7 at the Hotel
Elliot. Beginning at 9 a.m. April 8, the Travel Information Council
plans to meet at the Cannery Pier Hotel. 

Two groups will meet on April 9. The Oregon Museums Association will
have a membership meeting beginning at 9 a.m. at the Clatsop County
Historical Museum at 16th and Exchange streets.  The Commission on
Historic Cemeteries will meet at 10 a.m. at the historic 1927 Pioneer
Presbyterian Church, 33324 Patriot Way, Warrenton.

For registration and information about the Oregon Heritage Conference,
visit http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Conference.shtml


As part of the City of Portland's celebration of Black History Month,
its City Hall is hosting through March 11 an exhibit on Pacific
Northwest Black Pioneers. The traveling exhibit is free and open to the
public weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It spans the history of black
pioneers in Oregon, Washington and Alaska from the 1870s through 1990,
and was brought to Portland by the local chapter of the professional
women's service organization The Links, Incorporated. Pacific Northwest
Black Pioneers is also made possible by the Regional Arts & Culture
Council and The World Arts Foundation Inc.

The official opening reception at 4 p.m. Feb. 17 will feature the
reading of an official proclamation and a performance by the De La Salle
High School Choir. As you can see above, it is coming up this Thursday:

Portland City Hall is located at 1221 SW 4th Ave.


Learn about the valuable historical resources available at the Harney
County Library,including an overview of the special collections
available at the Claire McGill Luce Western History Room, 80 West D St.,
Burns. The event begins at 7 p.m. March 7. The Luce collection features
books, local newspapers, oral histories, and over 1,000 photos of Burns,
Hines, and the people and communities of Harney County.

Oregon Encyclopedia William L. Lang, will lead a discussion on how to
write an Encyclopedia entry and will work with participants to identify
local topics that should be included in The Oregon Encyclopedia, an
on-line resource about the state's significant people, places, events,
and institutions.

The Oregon Encyclopedia is a partnership between Portland State
University, the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, and the Oregon
Historical Society. The meeting is supported in part by the Institute of
Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology
Act, administered by the Oregon State Library. This event is
co-sponsored by the Harney County Library.


Oregon State Library's Spring lecture series will continue at noon
March 9 with the program, "Dorothea Lange in Oregon - A Photographic
Journey." David Milholland, president of the Oregon Cultural Heritage
Commission and a member of the Oregon Encyclopedia editorial board, will
make the presentation. The State Library has a new exhibit about Lange
on display.

Other speakers in the series include Oregon poet laureate Paulann
Petersen and sportswriter Kerry Eggers. More lecture information is
available at http://library.state.or.us/services/training/lectures.php
Oregon State Library is located 250 Winter St. NE in Salem.


Newport: Early Newport resident Mary Bensell will be featured in a talk
at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Carriage House of the Lincoln County Historical
Society, Newport.  Diane Disse has written a historical novel about
Bensell’s life and will speak on  
“Discovering Mary Bensell Through Research and Imagination.”
Bensell and her husband, Clark Sturtevant, traveled by ship from New
York  to Oregon by way of Nicaragua in 1865. Disse recently co-authored
"Newport," a  book about the history of the city of Newport. She works
as the museum  educator at the Lincoln County Historical Society. The
program is free and open to the public. For more information, call  the
Historical Society at 541-265-7509 or at  www.oregoncoasthistory.org .

Portland: "The Life and Music of Ernest Bloch: Problems and Paradoxes"
will be presented by Alexander Knapp of the University of London at 7:30
p.m. Feb. 24. A world-renowned composer, Bloch lived and composed music
in a house overlooking Agate Beach from 1941 until his death in 1959.
The presentation will take place at the Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW
Kearney St. Reservations can be made at www.ojm.org or 503-226-3600.

Troutdale:  The Oregon Encyclopedia  continues its series of History
Nights at McMenamins pubs at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 with ‘I’ve found her
at last.’ The Love Affair of 20th Century Portland: John Reed and
Louise Bryant” presented by Michael Munk. In the winter of 1914,
political activist and writer John Reed made what would be his last trip
to Portland, his hometown. At a dinner party, Reed met artist and
activist Louise Bryant, and they were immediately smitten with each
other. Their relationship was popularized in the movie "Reds." The
presentation takes place at McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St.
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