[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-08-03

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Fri Aug 3 08:46:16 PDT 2012

In this Issue:
1. It’s Time to Vote on Heritage Exchange!
2. Grants Getaways Features Champoeg Volunteers that Dig History
3. 2012 Oregon Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Ranches
4. Folk Musicians bring Fiddle Music to Trail Center Aug. 9 - 11
Last week, we introduced you to the new Oregon historic cemeteries
mascot and asked for your help to name the cartoon character. Now vote
for your favorite historic cemeteries mascot name on Oregon Heritage
Exchange at www.oregonheritage.wordpress.com (
http://www.oregonheritage.wordpress.com/ ) . 
Oregon State University student Karly Law loves digging into history.
She is part of a group of students uncovering it, one centimeter at a
time at Champoeg State Park. This summer they’ve discovered more than
9,000 artifacts, which provide clues that the French-Canadians in the
Champoeg area lived a much better quality of life than previously
Grant McOmie featured the dig recently on an episode of Grants
Getaways. To watch the full story, visit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57oiLaGtaDw&feature=player_embedded .
To tour the dig site, visit Champoeg State Park on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday through August 13. The tours start 10 a.m. sharp.
The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program will hold publicly recognize
families from across the state for operating as either a Century or
Sesquicentennial Farm or Ranch at 1 p.m., Sept. 1 at the Oregon State
Fair in the Corporate Tent on the west side of the fairgrounds. The
Program will honor eighteen farms and ranches from 13 different counties
this year, bringing the total number of Oregon Century Farms and Ranches
to 1,144.  Award winners will receive a certificate, signed by the
Governor and Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and
colorful roadside signs imprinted with the founder’s name and the year
they established the ranch or farm.
Two families will receive Sesquicentennial Farm status for continuously
farmed portions of their original family acreage for 150 years or more.
This year’s honorees are Mark Talcott Trust, Douglas County; and Ramsey
McPhillips, Yamhill County. The Sesquicentennial Award program began in
2008 in honor of Oregon’s 150th birthday celebration.  Twenty-five
families have now received this prestigious sesquicentennial award.
Those receiving 2012 Century Farm status include Lyle Defrees, Baker
County; John and Sandra Kalandar, Clatsop County; Sharon Livingston,
Grant County; Hal Balin, Klamath County; John Andrew Bodnar, Klamath
County; Ed and Shirley Kerns, Klamath County; Brenda Morgan and James
Baldwin, Lake County; James and Barbara Jo Sly, Lane County; Edward
Leavy, Marion County; Maxine Strubhar of Marion County; Mark Walkley,
Multnomah County; Milton and Delores Fanning, Polk and Yamhill Counties;
David and Kari Hiebenthal, Polk County; Schierling Family Trust, Polk
County; Carrie and Ron Gerber, Union County; and Mark and Kellene Payne,
Yamhill County.  
Every Oregon farm and ranch has a unique history and special family
story.  The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor
farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land. The
Program encourages agriculture families to share, with a broader
audience these stories of century long connections.  Promoting family
stories encourages the passing of rich cultural heritage to future
generations, while educating Oregonians about the social and economic
impact of Oregon agriculture. 
To qualify for a century or sesquicentennial award, interested families
must follow a formal application process.  Application documentation may
include photos, original deeds, personal stories, or other historic
records.  These records help support Oregon’s agricultural history by
providing valuable information about settlement patterns or statistics
on livestock and crop cycles.  
For more information, contact Sharon Leighty, Program Coordinator, at
(503) 400-7884 or cfr at oregonfb.org .
Northwest folk musicians Phil and Vivian Williams will bring their
program of historic fiddle music to the National Historic Oregon Trail
Interpretive Center, five miles east of Baker City on Highway 86, at
10:30 a.m., noon, and 2:00 p.m., Aug. 9 – 11 in the Leo Adler Theater.
Their programs at the Interpretive Center’s “Fiddling Down the Oregon
Trail” will feature dance tunes and fiddle music from pioneers who
traveled the trail to the Pacific Northwest. 
The Williams’ have researched, recorded and preserved folk music for
five decades. They founded the Seattle Folklore Society and the
Northwest Folklife Festival. Their recorded archive of northwest fiddle
and old time music is the largest in the country. 
For further information, visit oregontrail.blm.gov or call (541)



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