[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-01-28

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Fri Jan 28 09:07:19 PST 2011

In this issue:
1.  African American history featured in two cities
2. Host city flooded with heritage resources
3. High Desert Museum retains accreditation
4.  Hatfield series talks begin in February
5.  Archives Month group to start 2011 planning


African American history conferences will take place in February in
Portland and Seattle.

The Oregon African American Museum is sponsoring a conference on
"Sustaining Oregon's African American History and Legacy"  on Feb. 14 at
the Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Ave., Portland. The
conference brings together people
dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting
material evidence of the African American experience.

The purpose of the conference is to educate people on how preserving
Oregon’s African American history and legacy sustains community,
encourage diverse perspectives and recognizes African American
contributions to the State of Oregon. Secondly, the conference proposes
to encourage community support of the Oregon African-American Museum. 

The registration deadline is Jan. 30. For more information, see

In Seattle, the Association for African American Historical Research
and Preservation will host its 2011 Black History Conference on Feb. 5
at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St. The
conference includes presentations on African Americans is a variety of
locations. For more information, visit www.aaahrp.org or contact  Ed
Diaz at history3 at comcast.net 


The 2011 Oregon Heritage Conference will take place in a community with
an immense variety of heritage resources.

Some of those resources will be used at the conference, including the
Elliott Hotel, Liberty Theater, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Clatsop
County Historical Society Museum, Fort Stevens State Park, and others.

Among Astoria's other historic features:
-- Fort Stevens is the only military installation in the continental US
to be fired on by a submarine.
-- The Columbia River bar has claimed 2,000 vessels.
-- One-fourth of Astoria's homes are eligible for the National
-- Fort Clatsop is the first US military fort on the West Coast.
-- The setting for a dozen movies.

The Heritage Conference will take place April 7-9. It is the 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 and see photos of
conference sites, visit 
 The conference's website, which includes preliminary program
information about conference speakers, panels, workshops and other
activities, is located at 

For additional information, contact Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or
heritage.info at state.or.us 


The High Desert Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American
Association of Museums, the highest national
recognition afforded the nation's museums. The museum has been
accredited since 1999. Of the nation's estimated
17,500 museums, 775 are accredited. The High Desert Museum is one of
six museums accredited in Oregon.  

The High Desert Museum inspires stewardship of the natural and cultural
resources of the High Desert. It offers close-up wildlife encounters,
living history performances, Native American and Western art, nature
trails, tours and educational programs for all ages. An independent,
nonprofit educational institution, it is on 135 forested acres, five
minutes from Bend on South Highway 97. 


The Oregon Historical Society's annual Hatfield Speaker Series begins
next month and includes at least one speaker examining a Northwest
history topic. 

Rex Ziak will talk about "John Jacob Astor: The Rise and Fall of his
Fur Trade" on March 15. Astor is the founder of Astoria. Other speakers
included during the four months include the presidency of Ronald Reagan,
the marriage of Abigail and John Adams, and the relationship of
Washington, Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.

For more information, visit www.ohs.org  


If you represent archives, special collections or are a supporter of
these institutions, consider joining the 2011 Archives Month State-wide
Planning Committee.  The kick off meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon
Feb. at the Oregon State Archives. The group will establish this year's
theme and start planning for state-wide events to raise public awareness
of archives and their importance to society.

For more information, contact Diana Banning  at
diana.banning at portlandoregon.gov or 503-865-4110.
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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