[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-02-18

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Fri Feb 18 09:21:29 PST 2011

In this issue:
1.  Centennials highlighted in online Blue Book
2.  Endangered places list started by league
3.  Albany museum to show trail film
4.  Talks scheduled in Astoria, Portland
5.  Outreach foundation adds Civil War presentation


The new Web version of the 2011-2012 Oregon Blue Book features two exhibits that highlight centennials. The first exhibit celebrates the 2012 Oregon centennial of woman suffrage with colorful images and descriptive text. The second exhibit takes a nostalgic look back at 100 years of Oregon Blue Books from the evolution of the book covers to the wide-ranging subjects of the photos inside.

Both exhibits are available at: http://bluebook.state.or.us/facts/scenic/scenic.htm 


The Historic Preservation League of Oregon is creating a most endangered places list for Oregon. The list will be an annual register of those historic buildings, and sites, and districts, and structures, and landscapes that need a little extra attention in order to make it to the next phase.

You can submit a nomination until March 21. While a diversity of places will be selected, historic significance, the nature of the threat, and the potential for local support will be considered during review process. The inaugural list will be announced in late May, after which the league will actively support the selected places through partnerships and direct assistance. 

For more information and a nomination form, visit www.historicpreservationleague.org 


Albany Regional Museum is sponsoring a free showing of "In Pursuit of a Dream" at 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Pix Theatre in historic downtown Albany, 321 Second Ave. SW.  

"In Pursuit of a Dream" is a movie that retells the story of the Oregon and California trails through the experiences of students. Produced by Boston Productions Inc., in cooperation with the Oregon-California Trails Association, the film won a 2010 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award "for its exemplary way of sharing immersive experiential learning about Oregon history."

During the summer of 2008, 24 students exchanged their shorts and sandals for long dresses and pioneer pants to participate
in the project. Living in tents, walking on the trail, riding in mule and horse-drawn wagons, and cooking outdoors, the student participants learned first-hand about the westward migration that attracted 400,000 people in the 1800s.

Other sponsors include Samaritan Mid-Valley Children's Clinic, Albany Visitors Association, Albany Downtown Association, Monteith Historical Society, Linn Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and several individuals. For more information contact the regional museum at 541-967-7122.


Astoria: Historian John Goodenberger will talk about little-noticed cultural artifacts and buildings and places not mentioned in typical tourist brochures in a talk at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. He will also talk about abandoned ship hulls, unmarked cemeteries, rare manhole covers and a lost Chinese garden. For more information, contact the museum at 503.325.2323

Portland: "From the Gilded Age to the Space Age: A Century of American Lighting 1870-1970" will be the topic of a talk by lighting historian Bo Sullivan at 10 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Architectural Heritage Center. He will trace the evolution of American lighting styles from elaborate Neo-Grec gas chandeliers through the out-of-this-world Sputnik lights of Mid-Century Modern. For more information and pre-registration, contact www.visitahc.org 

Portland: Co-authors Avel Louise Gordly and Patricia A. Schechter will talk about their book "Remembering the Power of Words: The Life of an Oregon Activist, Legislator, and Community Leader" at 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Oregon Historical Society. In the book,  Gordly shares the challenges and struggles she faced growing up Black in Portland in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as her determination to attend college, the dedication to activism that took her from Portland to Africa, and her eventual decision to run for a seat in the state legislature. Gordly was the first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate, where she served for three terms, after serving three terms in the Oregon House of Representatives. For more information, visit www.ohs.org 

Portland:  Joel Schoening and Patricia Marshall will present "Inside the Burley World" at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at a History Pub at McMenamins Kennedy School. At its peak in the mid-1990s, Burley Design Cooperative supported 100 member owners and generated close to $10 million in annual sales.The presenter will revisit Burley's rags-to-riches tale and discuss the forces that lead to the cooperative's demise. Developed by Holy Names Heritage Center, History Pub is a collaborative program of the Heritage Center, Oregon Historical Society, and McMenamins. For more information, visit http://www.holynamesheritagecenter.org/history_pub.html


The Historical Outreach Foundation in partnership with the Northwest Civil War Council has added a new presentation "The Civil War and Oregon's Role In It."   Steve Betschart, the  council's president and a retired Social Studies teacher, developed the presentation that incorporates the stories of  the Civil War soldiers and how they lived and died during the Civil War.  The Civil  War presentations are preferred to be done in the Willamette Valley unless extra compensation is given for travel.

The Historical Outreach Foundation has two other presentations available to schools and organizations:  Lewis and Clark, and Oregon's Role in World War II. For more information and scheduling, contact historicoutreach at aol.com or call  503-705-5965. For more information and the current schedule go to http://www.historicaloutreach.com
Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission, which invites to you to visit the webpage of the Oregon Heritage Conference at http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Conference.shtml

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