[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-05-26

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu May 26 14:00:46 PDT 2011

In this issue:
1. Bill Hanable (1938-2011)
2. Additions to National Historic Trails Considered
3. New Exhibits Opening Across Oregon

BILL HANABLE (1938-2011)
Bill Hanable, a former manager of the Oregon Heritage Commission,  died
in Salem on May 17, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Eloise; his two
dogs, Jack and Curly; and his daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Ben
Balzer; and grandchildren, William Brodie and Ty Balzer. Bill served in
the US Air Force, spending most of a 12-year stint with security service
units in Alaska and Washington, D.C. He started a naval career in 1969
that ended in 1994 as a special duty commander in intelligence.
He earned a Master of Arts in teaching history at Alaska Methodist
University and later a PhD at Walden University, which enabled him to
teach part time at the University of Alaska, Western Oregon University
and American Public University. Bill taught public history courses,
sharing his experience and knowledge gained over 30 years of public
history work. That public history work began when Alaska State Parks
hired Bill as an historian in 1970. Over the next 10 years, Bill worked
to develop Alaska's statewide historic preservation. In 1980, the Alaska
Historical Commission appointed him as executive director. In 1987, he
left state service and worked as historian for the National Park Service
and then the Air Force before relocating to Westport, Wash., in 1994.
Bill managed the Westport Maritime Museum for several years before
becoming manager of the Oregon Heritage Commission with the Oregon Parks
and Recreation Department in 1999, where he was instrumental in
launching the Oregon Heritage Grants Program. After leaving the Heritage
Commission in 2002, he started Northwest Heritage Consultants, a name
under which he did historic contract work. Bill researched and wrote
extensively on Pacific Northwest and Alaska history. A partial list of
his articles, books, and projects can be found at
The family suggests donations be made to the Westport Maritime Museum
of Westport and the Willamette Humane Society in Salem. 

The Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council will meet in conjunction
with the National Park Service to consider five historic routes for
possible addition to the existing Oregon National Historic Trail. 

The NPS will host a public meeting will take place from 10 a.m. –
noon, June 4 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles. Routes
under consideration include the Meek Cutoff, Free Emigrant Road, Cutoff
to the Barlow Road, Upper Columbia River Route, and Whitman Mission
Route.  It will conduct similar public meetings at 6 p.m. June 2 at the
Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Rd, Walla Walla, Wash., and at 6 p.m.
June 3 in the Red Cross Building of the Fort Vancouver National Historic
Site, 605 Barnes St., Vancouver, Wash. 

The Park Service invites individuals unable to attend the meeting to
submit written comments regarding the study online at
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/FourtrailFS, by email to
gretchen_ward at nps.gov or by mail to Gretchen Ward, National Trails
Intermountain Region, National Park Service, P.O. Box 728, Santa Fe, NM
87504. The Park Service will review and consider all comments while
developing alternatives or proposals for consideration, and post a
consolidated scoping report one the website for public viewing. The
deadline for receiving comments is July 31. For more information visit
http://www.nps.gov/oreg/index.htm and click on the 4-Trails
Feasibility Study Link. 

For more information about the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council,
visit http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/ohtac.shtml

Astoria: The Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Dr., recently
opened a new exhibit, “Astoria, the Lower Columbia and the Coast”
featuring a collection of works by Cleveland Rockwell. A Pacific
Northwest painter, Rockwell began painting full time upon retirement in
1892; however, before that time he created sketches during U.S. Coast
Survey expeditions, which later served as the basis for many of his oil
and watercolor paintings. With the eye of a surveyor and an engineer,
and a life-long passion for fishing, hiking and climbing, Rockwell’s
art documented the stunning beauty and unspoiled local landscapes of the
region during a time before photography. The exhibit runs through July
20. Visit www.crmm.org for more information.
Bend: “Quilts: Bedding to Bonnets”, a new exhibit at the High
Desert Museum, 59800 South Highway 97, explores the uses for quilts from
the 19th century through the 1930s and offers visitors glimpses into
life at that time. People of all social classes valued the warmth,
beauty, and uses of quilts – from bonnets and bedding to room
partitions. For information about this and other exhibits, visit
www.highdesertmuseum.org .
Pendleton: Visitors to Tamastslikt will experience the Naami Nishaycht
outdoor living culture village from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, beginning
Memorial Day weekend.  Among the roster of cultural activities, village
interpreters will demonstrate seasonal food gathering cycles,
traditional games, clothing and regalia, beadwork and weaving, and tepee
making for the edification, enlightenment, and occasional participation
of visitors. Call (541) 966-9748 or visit www.tamastslikt.org for more
information. Tamástslikt is located at 47106 Wildhorse Blvd., at the far
end of the main driveway of the Wildhorse Resort & Casino, 10 minutes
east of Pendleton.
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