[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-04-13

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Fri Apr 13 14:50:06 PDT 2012

1.  Organizations at conference to get tips to improve
2.  Commissions to meet in conjunction with Heritage Conference
3.  Archives position listed
4.  Fort Lane featured April 18 in Ashland talk


If you're looking for ways to re-organize, re-vitalize or strengthen a
heritage organization, the upcoming joint Oregon Heritage
Conference/Northwest Archivists Annual Meeting will have several
sessions to help you.

Find a spark for your fundraising efforts by attending a session led by
Kimberly Howard, manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Unravel a
collections mess by learning how to craft a deaccessions policy from
Vicki Wiese of the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum. Learn new ways
for your organization to communicate at a workshop on social media led
by John Hope-Johnstone. 

Become inspired to create and implement a disaster plan from people
whose organizations have survived disasters. Learn how organizations
have initiated or revitalized community outreach efforts using a variety
of resources and methods.

The joint Oregon Heritage Conference/Northwest Archivists Annual
Meeting April 26-28 in Salem will bring together staff and volunteers
from historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and
universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums,
tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and
tribal governments.  More than two dozen sessions, both small group and
plenary, are being offered.

Register now for the conference at


Two state commissions will meet later this month in Salem in
conjunction with the joint Oregon Heritage Conference/Northwest
Archivists Annual Meeting. Both meetings are open to the public.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. April
25 in Room 124 of the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE. 
Agenda items will include legislative issues, current projects and
upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. 

State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing
of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public
education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain
financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and
maintaining their appearances. More information about commission
activities and the meeting may be obtained from the Oregon Parks and
Recreation Department’s historic cemeteries program coordinator, Kuri
Gill, at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill at state.or.us.

The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet at 9 a.m. April 26 in the
Board Room of the Oregon Department of Education, 255 Capitol St. NE.
Agenda items include issues related to Oregon heritage sites,
organizations and activities.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing
Oregon’s heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed
by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state
agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage
Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by
ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private
organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its
extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

More information about the Heritage Commission is available at
www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Commission coordinator Kyle
Jansson at 503-986-0673.

The meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special
accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by call


Western Oregon University invites applications for the position of
project archivist to work extensively with high-profile gubernatorial
political papers located at three institutions for one-year.  A
consortium of four public and private higher education libraries in the
Willamette Valley (Portland State University, Pacific University,
Western Oregon University, and Willamette University) were awarded a
Library Services and Technology Act grant to cooperatively process,
preserve, and create finding aids relating to the non-official and
personal papers of three Oregon governors since World War II. For more
information about the position, visit


Southern Oregon University anthropology professor Mark Tveskov will
present “Myth, Memory, and Identity: Fort Lane and the Rogue River
Wars” at 7 p.m. April 18 in the Meese Room of the Hannon Library on
the university campus in Ashland.

Tveskov will describe SOU’s long term archaeological and historical
research at Fort Lane, and outline ongoing efforts by Jackson County,
SOU and the State of Oregon to develop it into a state park.
Fort Lane was a U.S. Army military post constructed in 1853. The fort
was occupied for less than three years by 100 men of the U.S. 1st
Dragoons, whose mission was to maintain peace between the Indian people
living on the Table Rock Indian Reservation and pioneer settlers. The
construction of Fort Lane took place at a defining moment as pioneers
fought indigenous people; local and global ecological processes were
unfolding while debates about nationalism and states-rights issues
transpired, and federal Indian policy was developing. 
For further information, visit http://insights.sou.edu 
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