[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-09-15

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Thu Sep 15 08:58:40 PDT 2011

In this issue:
1. Museum Association Annual Conference Set
2. Annual Archives Crawl Date Approaches
3. Wilson Price Hunt Party Subject of Talk
4. Heritage Center Features October Speaker Series


Mark your calendar for the Oregon Museums Association annual
conference, Oct. 16-18 at the Benton County Historical Museum in
Philomath. This year’s theme is “The Sustainable Museum: People,
Environment, and Economy”. Workshop topics include caring for
collections on a budget, sustaining museum operations, connecting and
maintaining relationships with donors, community partnerships, and
Museum and Conservation Assessments Programs. To view a conference
schedule, print a registration form or register online, visit


The Annual Oregon Archives Crawl will take place from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m., Oct. 15. Based on the popular concept of a pub-crawl, the Archives
Crawl consists of four host institutions that open their doors for the
curious, provide behind-the-scenes tours, and offer space for many other
archivists from local collections to bring information about their
archives and examples from their collections. In addition to tours,
exhibits and the opportunity to chat with an archivist, special events
demonstrate why archives are not just for scholars but also for the
curious of all ages. This year’s crawl will feature the over 30
institutions, including the hosts: The Portland Archives and Records
Center, the Portland State University Millar Library, Multnomah County
Central Library or the Oregon Historical Society. Other participating
organizations include Oregon Health and Sciences University, the
Genealogical Forum of Oregon Library, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, the
Multnomah County Records Program and the Dill Pickle Club. Visit
http://pdxarchivists.wordpress.com for further information. 


Historian Gary Dielman’s presentation about Wilson Price Hunt’s
part in the Astor Expedition will commemorate the 200th anniversary of
the arrival of the first white men in Baker County beginning at 7 p.m.,
Sept. 19, at the Baker Heritage Museum, 2480 Grove St., Baker City.
Financed by John Jacob Astor with the goal of setting up a fur trading
business with headquarters at the mouth of the Columbia River, two
contingents - one by sea and one by land, set out for the Northwest,
manned by the first Americans to the area after the Lewis and Clark
expedition. The overland party led by Hunt, who had no wilderness
experience, set out in October 1810. The party did not reach Baker
County until December 1811. Dielman will recount the harrowing
experiences of the expedition, which Hunt documented in his journal, and
which served as the basis for Washington Irving’s novel "Astoria". For
further information, call (541) 523-9308. 


On Saturdays in October, the Willamette Heritage Center will feature
presentations by graduate students and faculty from Western Oregon
University that offer insights into those darker, more mysterious sides
of human nature. From 3 - 4:30 p.m., Oct. 8, Dr Max Geier will kick off
the series with his presentation “They Always Get Their Man - Oregon
State Police Seeking Real and Imagined Murders, 1943-1945”. This talk
explores two murder investigations by Dr. Joseph Beeman, Foresnsic
Pathologist with the Oregon State Police, still a relatively young
agency during World War II and trying to establish an image and culture
of professionalism and scientific police work. All speaker events will
take place at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE,
Salem. Visit www.willametteheritage.org for further information.

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