[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-01-25

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Tue Jan 25 14:27:25 PST 2011

In this issue:
1.  Heritage Conference launches Facebook site
2.  Astoria talk to highlight Russian exploration
3.  Free emergency preparedness event set for Portland
4.  ODOT seeks comments on potential grant projects
5. Humanities group seeks conversation leaders


The Oregon Heritage Conference has already added something new, and the conference doesn't even begin until April 7-9.

The conference now has its own Facebook page that will enable people to find out the latest on the conference and its 2011 host city Astoria. The page can be examined by anyone with Internet access and is in addition to the conference's website. Become a fan and share the information with your friends!

The Oregon Heritage Conference is an annual gathering of advocates, enthusiasts and organizations from all sectors of heritage including economic development, preservation, archives, museums, tourism, planning, archaeology and more.

To check out the conference's Facebook location, visit 


The Astoria Bicentennial Celebration will host Mark Eifler's presentation of "The Russian Exploration of the Northern Pacific, 1741-1823" on. Jan. 27 at the Liberty Theater.

Eifler, a professor at the University of Portland,  is the author of "Gold Rush Capitalist" and is currently working on Imperial Passages: The Geopolitics of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. His talk is part of the Celebration's speaker series.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a dessert buffet and beverages, no-host bar, and instrumental music by Con Amici Chamber Players. Eifler's presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Liberty Box Office 503-325-5922 x 55  or at the Bicentennial Office - 503-325-5889. For more information, visit http://www.astoria200.org/


Library, archive and cultural institution personnel are encouraged to attend "Building Bridges: Emergency Preparedness for Libraries, Archives, Cultural Institutions and First Responders"

The all-day event begins at 9 a.m.Feb. 11 at the Performing Arts Center of Portland Community College's Sylvania Campus. Attendees will meet with first responders from the greater Portland metro area, learn what information first responders need in responding, and identify next steps to develop a regional disaster recovery network. Lunch will be provided.

The day's agenda is available at http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/library/building-bridges-agenda.cfm Registration at http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/library/building-bridges-reg-form.cfm> closes on Feb. 4.

For more information, contact Judith Norton at norton at ohsu.edu or 503-494-3499 or Shannon Carr at carrsh at ohsu.edu or 503-494-3484..


The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is now accepting public comments on some 85 project applications for Transportation Enhancement grants and among these are several heritage-related applicants: 
--Bandon-Jetty Loop Trail; 
--Port of Toledo-Transportation Museum and Waterfront Path; 
--Astoria-Astoria Railroad Museum; 
--Douglas County-Historic Depot Restoration Plan; 
--Maupin-Section Foremen's House Restoration; 
--Fort Dalles Museum-Antique Vehicle Storage/Display Building; 
--Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept.-Sumpter Dredge Interpretive Center. 
Details about these projects can be found on ODOT's Transportation Enhancement website: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/LGS/enhancement.shtml 
Public support is a big factor in ODOT's selection of projects for funding. Those that get a lot of "votes" tend to get funded, so please take a few minutes to provide comments by filling out the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/TE_Public_Comments_Survey_2010  . It would be great to have some heritage projects benefit from this program, so please be sure to vote for your favorites.
The deadline for the survey and public comments is Jan. 28. 


Oregon Humanities is seeking people who are smart, passionate about ideas, and curious -- who are teachers at heart, regardless of their day job -- to be Conversation Project leaders.
Are you knowledgeable in one or more disciplines of the humanities? Are you curious about how different Oregon communities think about the subjects that inspire you? Are you passionate about sharing your expertise, experiences, and ideas with others?
Are you looking for a unique and compelling professional development opportunity? Are you willing to travel statewide and talk with Oregonians about what you love--and get paid?
If so, consider proposing your own Conversation Project program. The request for proposals and application are available at 

The Conversation Project provides Oregon nonprofits with free humanities-based public programs about important issues and ideas. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Established in 1971, our mission is to connect Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.
Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission, which can be contacted at heritage.info at state.or.us 

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