[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-03-08

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Tue Mar 8 13:26:18 PST 2011

In this issue:
1.  Suffrage celebration gets statewide recognition
2.  Conference includes suffrage, women's history sessions
3.  Shell money topic of Astoria-area presentations
4.  Willamette University to host ninth powwow
5.  Pair to discuss Lange's Oregon photos


The 100th anniversary of the adoption of woman suffrage in Oregon has
been declared a statewide celebration by the Oregon Heritage

The movement for woman suffrage in Oregon began in 1870, with local
suffrage associations in Salem and Albany. However, not until 42 years
and six unsuccessful elections later, did Oregon vote to enfranchise

Since then, the commission notes in the proclamation, women have
continued to claim civic equality through office holding, jury service
and other aspects of full citizenship.

Century of Action: Oregon Women Vote, 1912–2012 is a project of the
Oregon Women’s History Consortium, a new organization formed to lead
the centennial celebration of woman suffrage and to promote women’s
history beyond 2012. Information about Century of Action can be found at

The declaration can be viewed at


The Oregon Heritage Conference April 7-9 in Astoria will feature
several sessions that will enable attendees to learn about plans for the
suffrage centennial, discover ways they can participate in the Century
of Action or create their own efforts, and techniques for researching
the history of women in Oregon.

The sessions involving suffrage and women's history topics include:
-- A no-host breakfast at a coffee shop originally built in 1875 as a
cannery that eventually employed hundreds of women. Leaders of Century
of Action will discuss the 2012 women’s suffrage centennial and
potential activities. 
--A segment of a panel on statewide partnerships and collaborations
that will make participants aware of several new statewide initiatives.
-- The re-creation of a women's suffrage debate that took place a
century ago. This re-enactment will be part of the Oregon Heritage
Excellence Awards Dinner. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1910s
attire that evening.
-- A workshop on how to research and find great stories at local
research libraries and museums, with an emphasis on women's history.

For more information about the conference and a registration form,
visit http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Conference.shtml


Lewis and Clark National Historical Park at Fort Clatsop will host a
free presentation "Historical Perspective of Shell Money for Oregon
Coast Tribal Peoples" at 1 p.m. March 20.  

When west coast Indians bought food and other items, sometimes the
exchange was not by barter, but by shell money.  Lisa Brown, a member of
the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and a certified prevention
specialist, will share information
on the use of shells by tribal peoples. 

This forum is sponsored by the Lewis and Clark National Park
Association and the park.  These programs are held in the Netul River
Room of Fort Clatsop’s visitor center. For more information, call the
park at (503) 861-2471.


Willamette University's Native American Enlightenment Association will
present the university's ninth powwow on March 12. The grand entry
begins at 4 p.m. The master of ceremonies will be Bob Tom, arena
director David West and host drum Soaring Hawk. For more information
contact the university's Office of Multicultural Affairs at (503)


Dorothea Lange’s photographic imagery of Great Depression Oregon and
the Pacific Northwest will be the focus of a presentation at noon March
9 at the Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE., Salem.

This presentation features a selection of the images Lange took of
rural life in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest in 1939 for the Farm
Security Administration. The presenters read from her field notes to
create an illustrated tour through our region in those times-the brutal
realities and fragile hopes of hard working people who frequently banded
together to build a future for their families.

The presentation accompanies a newly opened exhibit at the Oregon State
Library of photos representing her 1939 visit to
our state and region, with a special focus on the Willamette Valley.
For more information contact: Robby Pietz (503) 378-2814
Robby.Pietz at state.or.us 
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