[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-06-01

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Jun 1 12:28:09 PDT 2011

In this issue:
1.  Potter Award application deadline extended to June 15
2.  Museum Assessment Program announces 2011 awardees and July
3.  Klamath County armory listed in National Register
4.  PSU hosting archaeology exhibit, celebration
5.  Oregon topics on industrial archaeology program list

The new deadline for the 2011 Elisabeth Potter Historic Preservation
Advocacy and Education Awards is 5 p.m., June 15. 
All types of historic preservationists are encouraged to apply:
craftspeople who need training for preservation projects in their
community, "Main Street" pro-active participants, historic cemetery
organization members, tribal members, archaeologists, city and county
planners involved in preservation issues, landmarks commission members
and others who are dedicated to local historic preservation-related
Designed to assist successful applicants in their efforts to attend a
conference, seminar or workshop focusing on an area of historic
preservation advocacy and education of significant benefit to their
local community, these travel-funding awards will cover expenses related
to airfare, lodging, meals and conference registration fees.
Conferences, workshops and seminars must be in the U.S., and take place
between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. 
For information about the award and an application, visit
www.oregonheritage.org .  Individuals can submit applications via
email before the deadline as long as they also mail the hard copy with
signature. For further information or questions, call David Bogan (503)
986-0671 or email David.Bogan at state.or.us  .
The Museum Assessment Program, an initiative that promotes professional
practices in museums, has announced its latest group of participants.
Funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and
administered by the American Association of Museums, the program
advances best practices and fosters improvement in museums.
The hallmarks of MAP have remained constant: guidance and growth
through self-study, peer review and consultative advice.  A new
cooperative agreement by AAM and IMLS will provide more resources and
training to increase the capacity of participating museums; more
recognition for participants; greater focus on technology competencies
including social media; access to a community of participants; 21st
century skills awareness; and mentoring from program peer reviewers
throughout the process, from application to implementation phase.
Program participants in 2011 include museums from 34 states,
encompassing small and mid-sized museums of all types, including the
Crater Rock Museum of Central Point. A complete list of the 2011
museums, and an application, is available at www.aam-us.org/map .
Application deadlines are July 1 and Dec. 1. 


The Klamath County Armory and Auditorium has been added to the National
Register of Historic Places. 

It was designed by local architect Howard Perrin and constructed in
1935 during the middle of the Great Depression to meet the growing
county’s need to have a place to accommodate large gatherings and help
build a sense of community. The building was designed in the Classical
Moderne styling of Art Deco architecture with an emphasis on verticality
in its tall windows and engaged columns. Decorative architectural
elements on the exterior include cast-stone stylized eagles and helmeted
soldier figures, while the interior boasts a stylized painted floral
ceiling and an impressive laminated arched wood roof spanning the
central hall space.

The nomination said the building is important for this architecture but
also for its role in providing space to the Oregon National Guard’s
249th Coast Artillery and for recreation and entertainment in Klamath
Falls and the greater county through the 1960s. The building functioned
as a community center for local activities and large public gatherings,
as well as a venue for boxing and wrestling matches, circuses, community
dances, and also musical acts that ranged from Duke Ellington and B.B.
King, to Tex Williams and Hank Thompson. The building was converted for
use as the Klamath County Museum in 1969 and the building remains today
as the museum’s biggest and most important artifact.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation
recommended the building’s nomination in February 2011. The Klamath
County Armory and Auditorium joins 11 other historic Klamath Falls
properties now listed in the National Register, which is maintained by
the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic
Preservation Act of 1966. 

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings
is online at http://www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/index.shtml  


Portland State University will host an exhibit of archaeology and
community from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 2 in the Park Blocks by Lincoln Hall.
The university's community archaeology class has developed posters and
exhibits that relate the fascinating narratives of place and time as
learned from archaeological projects on campus and archaeology in

One event goal is to engage the public in the excitement of discovery
and provide them with a more complex view of Portland’s past than is
generally known and presented.  It also wants to foster collaborative
relationships between PSU and outside partners.

The day also includes an  Archaeology First Thursday talk at 4 p.m. in
Smith Center 328 by Robert E. Kopperl on archaeology in Puget Sound
lowlands. For more information, contact Michael Myers, 401-633-2590,
mhbmyers at gmail.com .


Sandy Carter of West Linn, Susanna Kuo of Lake Oswego and Ed and Sharon
Wortman of Clackamas County will make presentations during the Society
for Industrial Archeology’s national conference June 2-5 in Seattle.
Carter will speak on “Stories from the Mill at the Falls—Insiders’
Memories of the Evolution of mill work at Crown Zellerbach
International”, and Kuo on“The Oswego Iron Works: An 1866 Charcoal
Iron Furnace near Portland, Oregon.”  The Wortmans will talk about 
“Developments on Historic Bridges in the Portland Area.” More
information about the conference is available at
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