[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-04-03

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Tue Apr 3 08:45:41 PDT 2012

In this Issue:
1. Deadlines Approaching for Grants Through Heritage Programs
2. Molalla, Gladstone Subject of Talks in Clackamas County
3. “Vesper Geer (1917-2010)” Documentary Debuts in Silverton
4. Annual Irvington Historic Home Tour Set
Deadlines are approaching during April and May for grant programs
offered through Heritage Programs. Consider making an application for a
Heritage Grant (April 30 deadline) or a Museum Grant (May 18 deadline).
The size of the grants and the qualifications of applicants are
different in every program. Visit www.oregonheritage.org (
http://www.oregonheritage.org/ ) to learn more.
Presenters from the Molalla Buckaroo will share the history of Oregon’s
third established rodeo as part of the "Celebrate Clackamas County"
series, beginning at 1 p.m., April 7, at the Museum of the Oregon
Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., in Oregon City.

The Buckaroo began as a way to celebrate the Portland, Eugene and
Eastern Trailway railroad opening to Molalla. Started in the fields near
town, the event grew in popularity, eventually changing dates to
coincide with Fourth of July celebrations. The Molalla Buckaroo
activities include the naming of a queen and court as well as the Fourth
of July Giant Street parade.

Following the Molalla presentation, Gladstone Historical Society
president Mike Dawson and local author Herb Beals will share stories of
Gladstone. Learn about the 1840s homesteads of Peter Rinearson and
Fendal Cason; the development and naming of the town in 1889 by Harvey
Edward Cross; and how the streets obtained names of American colleges
and English universities. 
For further information, visit www.clackamashistory.org (
http://www.clackamashistory.org/ ) , email info at clackamashistory.org

A new documentary traces 93 years of an ordinary woman’s life during
20th century through her photographs, letters, and journals. “Vesper
Geer (1917-2010)” will debut at 2 p.m., April 28 at the Palace Theater,
200 North Water Street, in Silverton.
Vesper Geer was the 4th generation owner of the Geer homestead in
Salem, the oldest frame-built house in Oregon to remain in the same
family. Born in the kitchen of that old house in 1917, Vesper passed
away there on New Year’s Eve, 2010. In the documentary, filmmaker Mike
Turner traces Vesper’s life through marriages and war, on the farm where
she grew up, traveling in an RV and visiting every state of the union,
and abroad. 
When Vesper was little, she listened to her great uncle tell stories
about crossing the Oregon Trail. She never lost an appreciation for
stories and came to believe that passing on one’s life story is an
“obligation… written, narrated around a cozy fireplace on a winter
evening, recorded or pictured with subtitles… just don’t take it all to
your grave with you. What good is done by taking it with you?” 
For more information visit www.silvertonmuseum.com (
http://www.silvertonmuseum.com/ ) , call (503) 873-7070 or email
silverton.museum at live.com .
The 30th Annual Historic Irvington Home Tour will take place from 11
a.m. – 5 p.m., May 20. Included in the tour are seven homes and
Portland’s White House Bed and Breakfast, located in the Historic
Irvington neighborhood, which recently achieved a listing on the
National Register of Historic Places. For tour information, visit
www.irvingtonhometour.com ( http://www.irvingtonhometour.com/ ) ,
email docwisdom at comcast.net or call (503) 223-5288.

Visit www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Conference.shtml to learn more about
the joint Oregon Heritage Conference / Northwest Archivists Annual
Meeting April 26-28. 

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Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission.
Contact us by emailing heritage.info at state.or.us .
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