[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-08-30
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Thu Aug 30 08:22:47 PDT 2012
In this Issue:
1. Exchange Discusses Link between Bicycles, Water-Powered Mill
2. Oregon Heritage Fellowships for Students Now Available
3. “Chinatown in Jacksonville” Subject of Hanley Farm Talk, Sept. 1
4. OHS Collecting Columbus Day Storm Oral Histories at State Fair,
EXCHANGE DISCUSSES LINK BETWEEN BICYCLES, WATER-POWERED MILL
Hundreds of cyclists lined up to get a guided tour of the only
water-powered mill in Oregon still being powered the same way it was in
1858. What happens when cyclists on new carbon fiber bicycles meet up
with equipment from the 1850s? You’ll have to visit Oregon Heritage
Exchange to find out: www.oregonheritage.wordpress.com (
http://www.oregonheritage.wordpress.com/ ) .
OREGON HERITAGE FELLOWSHIPS FOR STUDENTS NOW AVAILABLE
Oregon Heritage will award up to three $2,000 fellowships to full-time
students of an Oregon university or college for researching, writing and
presenting a topic related to Oregon history, geography, archaeology,
cultural heritage, or historic preservation. The application deadline is
for details and an application form. For more information, contact Cara
Kaser, Heritage Outreach Specialist, at (503) 986-0670 or
cara.kaser at state.or.us .
“CHINATOWN IN JACKSONVILLE” SUBJECT HANLEY FARM TALK, SEPT. 1
Chelsea Rose, Staff Archaeologist at Southern Oregon University, will
present “Chinatown in Jacksonville: The Archaeology of a Vanished Ethnic
Community” as part of the Origins: A Discover of Place series beginning
at 5 p.m., Sept. 1 at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road between Central
Point and Jacksonville.
Between the 1850s and the 1870s, thousands of Chinese immigrants came
to Southern Oregon to work in the gold fields and build the railroad.
They brought with them a treasured culture thousands of years old, and
built a thriving community in central Jacksonville. Then, within a few
years, they were all but gone. Rose and her team from Southern Oregon
University have conducted excavations at the Chinese settlement in
Jacksonville, bringing to light the material culture of this vanished
Visit www.sohs.org/resources/events/origins-1 or call (541) 773-6536,
ext.1002 for further information.
OHS COLLECTING COLUMBUS DAY STORM ORAL HISTORIES AT STATE FAIR, SEPT.
The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) will collect oral histories for its
upcoming exhibit on the Columbus Day Storm at the Oregon State Fair from
1 – 5:30 p.m., Sept. 1, in the Hart of the Garden. A special program
will begin at 11:30. An opportunity to sign up for a videotaped
interview will take place from noon – 1 p.m.
The new OHS exhibit, titled “The Mightiest Wind”, will open Oct. 12, 50
years to the day after the storm made landfall on the Oregon coast. The
Columbus Day Storm brought widespread devastation to the Pacific
Northwest. Wind gusts reached 116 miles per hour in Portland, 127 miles
per hour in Corvallis, and in excess of 145 miles per hour on the coast.
The storm caused nearly 50 fatalities - more than any other Pacific
Northwest weather event in history. It forced portions of Oregon to
rebuild their power systems from the ground up; some locations went
without power for several weeks. Guest curated by KGW Chief
Meteorologist Matt Zaffino, “The Mightiest Wind” will feature
large-scale artifacts including a truck and a broken telephone pole to
recreate the destruction caused by the storm. A wind machine will allow
visitors to experience similar wind gusts and a green screen will offer
the unique opportunity to play “weatherman” during Oregon’s most
Do you have an interesting memory from the 1962 Columbus Day Storm?
Share it during a 15 minute interview at the Fair. Arrive early and
reserve your space. If you can’t make it to the Fair, visit
www.ohs.org/exhibits/upcoming/columbus-day-storm.cfm to submit your
story online. All interviews will become a part of the Oregon Historical
Society oral history collection.
For further information, visit www.ohs.org ( http://www.ohs.org/ ) or
call (503) 222-1741.
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