[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-03-23

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Mar 23 12:19:41 PDT 2011

In this issue:
1.  Oregon's Blue Book to have 100th birthday party
2.  Ziak to speak on bar crossing's 200th anniversary
3.  Archaeologists set for Tualatin program
4.  Exhibits open in Medford, Baker City, Pendleton
5.  Folklife network to host listening session
6.  National Register site hosts Oregon nominations


The Oregon Historical Society will host a 100th birthday party for the
Oregon Blue Book, our state's official directory and fact book. The
Oregon Blue Book contains a wide range of information, from government
to educational listings, to maps, election history, arts, and cultural
information. To commemorate this occasion, OHS is hosting a birthday
party at 5:30 p.m. March 31 where you can hear several of Oregon's
Secretaries of State share memories, purchase a piece of Oregon history
by buying a copy signed by four Secretaries of State, and enjoy birthday
cake. If you are interested in attending, call 503-306-5211.

In addition to the 2011-2012 Blue Book, Secretary of State Kate Brown
has also printed a commemorative edition of the 1911 Blue Book.
Information about both books is available at


On March 24, 1811, John Jacob Astor’s ship Tonquin crossed the
Columbia River’s bar. Astor had grand ambitions for the mouth of the
Columbia River as an emporium for a global trade network. At 1:30 p.m.
March 24, 2011,  the Columbia River Maritime Museum will host historian
Rex Ziak as he describes the maritime aspect of Astor’s plan for the
North American fur trade and the nightmarish and tragic voyage of the

The Columbia River Maritime Museum is located at 1792 Marine Drive,
Astoria. For more information, phone 503.325.2323 or visit www.crmm.org


Two archaeologists from the US Fish and Wildlife talk about how they
search for evidence of  human life from days gone by in a presentation
at 7 p.m. March 23 at the Tualatin Heritage Center. Jorie Clark and Nick
Valentine will talk about "Phishing for the Past: the Wildlife of a
Federal Archaeologist" at the center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr.


Baker City: The Baker Heritage Museum has opened a new exhibit
“Caravanning and Collecting - Two Unique Tales of Charismatic Baker
Natives.”  The exhibit tells the stories of Wally Byam, born in Baker
City in 1896, who invented the Airstream Trailer, and the Cavin sisters,
Mamie and Beth Cavin Warfel, world renowned rock collectors. 
Memorabilia will shed light on Byam’s early life in Baker County
through caravan adventures around the world, and will bring the Cavin
sisters’ shell collection back from decades of storage to join their
rock collection.  The exhibit’s goal is, using Wally Byam’s words,
“to strive endlessly to stir the venturesome spirit that moves you
to follow a rainbow to its end…and thus make your travel dreams come
true.”   The Baker Heritage Museum is located at 2480 Grove St. Baker
City, and is open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit 
Medford:  "Hometown Boy to World Class Clown" is a traveling exhibit on
Pinto Colvig now on display at the Jackson County Municipal Building, 10
S. Oakdale Rd. The exhibit was created by the Southern Oregon Historical
Society and sponsored by the
Oregon Cultural Trust. Colvig, a native of Jackson County, grew up to
be the world's most famous clown and a Hollywood star, lending his voice
to well-known Disney characters like Goofy, and the dwarfs Sleepy and
Grumpy among others.  He claimed that he modeled Goofy on Frank Willeke,
a co-worker at the Medford railroad depot. A talented illustrator, Pinto
drew dozens of cartoons of himself and of people he knew locally. The
Colvig exhibit is the debut of the historical society's new traveling
exhibit program, using custom-made modular units.  For more information
on the exhibit or on the traveling exhibit program, visit www.sohs.org
or call (541) 773-6536.

Pendleton:  Victoria Coats, manager of exhibit research and development
for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will talk at 1 p.m.
April 16 on exhibit creation at the science education center.  She is
appearing in conjunction with Amazing Feats of Aging, the OMSI exhibit
that opens April 1 at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse
Blvd., and runs through July.   Coats' presentation is free and open to
the public as the inaugural Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum, a new
corporate sponsorship of Tamástslikt public programs by PepsiCola of
Pendleton.  Amazing Feats of Aging presents the biology of aging to
families and K-12 students through interactive exhibits.   The
family-friendly exhibition explores three major themes: healthy aging,
comparative aging across the animal kingdom, and aging of the brain. "I
hope that young people, educators, and aging people will come avail
themselves of  OMSI's story," said Bobbie Conner, director of
Tamástslikt.  "This exhibit tells me that science education is
accessible when it's of interest.  It's in our tribal tradition to
regard the elderly with reverence and respect and not as victims of
decline.  Aging is very topical for us baby boomers."   For more
information, contact (541) 966-9748  or visit www.tamastslikt.org 


The Oregon Folklife Network will host the first of six “listening
sessions” April 2 to be held in different regions of the state during
the next two years.  The purpose of these events is to listen to the
needs and identify assets of Oregon communities so that the network
staff can develop responsive programming.  The inaugural session will
focus on Native input and feedback from the Willamette Valley region. 
The April 2 event will take place at the Many Nations Longhouse on the
University of Oregon campus in Eugene.  

The Oregon Folklife Network, which is based at the University of
Oregon, is a new statewide public folklore organization.  It replaces
the former Oregon Folklife Program, previously housed at the Oregon
Historical Society.  The network's mission is to collaborate with Oregon
communities, cultural organizations, and artists to document, sustain,
and promote Oregon’s folklife and cultural heritage through research
and public programming.

For more information, visit http://ofn.uoregon.edu/ or phone (541)


The National Park Service has all of Oregon's National Register
nominations available as PDFs (both text and photos) in its  online
database NPS Focus at http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/ (search for property
name, state, and county). 

Information about Oregon's National Register properties can also be
found at a State Historic Preservation Office website at
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