[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-01-07

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Fri Jan 7 08:05:34 PST 2011

In this issue:
1.  Historic bridge to be walked Jan. 15
2.  Black pioneer exhibit to open in Portland
3.  Preservation talks to begin in Portland, Salem
4.  Eugene house seeks intern for summer
5.  Cemeteries commission to host planning workshop


The Willamette Falls National Heritage Area Coalition will host an
event from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. that will include a walk on the 1922 arch
bridge between Oregon City and West Linn on the day it closes for a
two-year restoration.

The event highlights the bridge between the two towns and the work
underway to create a National Heritage Area. Congressman Kurt Schrader,
Grand Ronde storytellers and dancers, local artists who draw inspiration
from the site, and roving presenters weaving tales of pioneering days
will be highlights. Attendees will share stories of the bridge, the
falls and the partnerships as the bridge rebuilding begins.

The Clackamas County Historical Society  will open the Museum of the
Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
as part of the day's activities. Arch Bridge-related paintings and
photographs will be shown. 

For more information, visit www.wfheritage.org or


The exhibit "Perseverance: Black Pioneers in Early Oregon" will open
Jan. 14 at the Oregon History Center, 1200 SW Park, Portland. 

The exhibit shows the presence of African Americans in all parts of the
state as recorded in documents and photographs. African Americans came
to Oregon as slaves and free in spite of black exclusion laws and worked
and lived alongside other pioneers as farmers, blacksmiths, lumbermen,
miners, bootblacks, cowboys and mid-wives. Their children went to
school, they volunteered for local fire departments and they donated
money and land to their communities.

The museum will feature from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 15 costumed
interpreters from the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers Association as
part of family day activities. People will also be able to celebrate the
legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by adding their dreams to the
museum's "I Have a Dream" wall.  For more information, visit www.ohs.org


Portland: “Craftsman Style and the Big Boom: Building Portland's
Classic Arts and Crafts Neighborhoods in the Early 20th Century” will
be presented at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 at the Architectural Heritage Center.
Portland's population and wealth exploded in the years immediately after
the Lewis and Clark Exposition of 1905, and style-conscious citizens
turned to local architects to bring "modern" ideas to life in the new
streetcar neighborhoods sprawling out from downtown.  Architectural
historian Jim Heuer will share results of extensive research he and his
partner Robert Mercer have developed on designers of the period and the
influences that shaped their residential architecture. Pre-registration
is strongly suggested and can be done at www.VisitAHC.org or by phoning

Portland: “Aging In Place - You & Your House are Getting Older!”
will be a presentation at 10 a.m. Jan. 29 at the Architectural Heritage
Center.  The focus of the program is to learn about what home
modifications can be done to accommodate people growing older without
damaging the historic features of our houses. These include ramps, stair
transport systems, bathroom and kitchen improvements, and more. Karen
Richmond and Barbara Murphy will highlight some projects they have
completed that maintain architectural character. Pre-registration is
strongly suggested and can be done at www.VisitAHC.org or by calling
503-231-7264. This program is assisted by a Partners in the Field
challenge grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, with
support from the Oregon Cultural Trust and Multnomah County Cultural

Salem: Historic Deepwood Estate in Salem is hosting four presentations
in a 2011 Heritage Talk Series. The first presentation 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Jan. 20 is called "Kitchen Restoration - Decisions to consider when
restoring your period kitchen."  Karla Petersen of Restoring History
will lead this conversation for those who have restored a kitchen or are
interested in what it takes to restore a kitchen.  The recently
completed kitchen restoration at Deepwood will be used as a case study. 
 The talk is free and seating is limited so reservations are
recommended.  Call 503.363.1825 to reserve your spot. For more
information, contact Betty Murrell with the Historic Deepwood Estate at
(503) 363-1825 or visit www.historicdeepwoodestate.org 


The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, Eugene's Victorian house museum,
is offering an internship for a student of history, historic
preservation, museum studies, or similar material culture and historical
interpretation-related field during the summer of 2011. The intern will
complete cataloguing of the Curtis Johnson collection in collections
management software, assemble existing data, and research its history. 
To apply, please send a vita and a letter of interest to: Sara E.
Palmer, Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, 303 Willamette St., Eugene, OR
97401 or sara at smjhouse.org  (electronic submissions should be formatted
as PDFs) Applications should be sent no later than April 15.


The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries workshop and meeting will
take place Feb. 4 in Room 124B of the North Mall Office Building 725
Summer St. NE, Salem. The workshop, "Long Range Planning for Historic
Cemeteries," will be from 9 a.m.-noon. The do-it-yourself workshop will
provide tools to create a plan for grounds, organization, operation,
records management, etc. The commission's public meeting will be from 1
p.m.-4 p.m.. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects
and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments and

Registration is required for the free workshop. Both the meeting and
the workshop will be accessible by phone and online. Contact Kuri Gill
at Kuri.Gill at state.or.us or 503-986-0685 to access the meeting and
workshop this way.
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