[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-12-13

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Dec 13 08:39:51 PST 2012

In this Issue:
1. Lissa Penner Featured on Exchange
2. Cultural Trust’s Tax Credit Program Benefits Heritage Efforts
3. Wallowa County Chieftain Building Gains National Register Listing
4. NWA Offers Professional Development Scholarship
5. OLA Quarterly Focuses on Common Missions, Challenges
6. Oregon Nikkei Seeks Education Manager
Liisa Penner, one of seven Oregon Heritage Excellence Award winners,
often works ten to twelve hours a day – although she doesn’t consider it
“work.” Read more about Lissa on Heritage Exchange (
http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/ ).
No other state in the nation has a cultural funding mechanism like the
Oregon Cultural Trust. 
Members of the Task Force on Oregon Heritage Vitality recently
discussed the importance of the Trust in helping to promote best
practices for conserving and developing heritage resources. The Task
Force agreed that by educating their communities about the benefits of
the Trust’s tax credit program, heritage organizations increase their
capacity to build public and private support. 
The Cultural Trust is in the business of investing in Oregon
communities. It ensures that cultural funding exists, in good times and
bad. Encouraging and enabling donations to the Trust brings grant
funding to local communities and helps to relate the important work
conducted by heritage organizations.
To learn more about benefits for heritage organizations, visit the
Trust’s Tool-Kits ( http://www.culturaltrust.org/tool-kits ).
The Wallowa County Chieftain Building in downtown Enterprise is
Oregon’s latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places. 
Throughout its history, the Wallowa County Chieftain was a profoundly
important and influential source of news and opinion in Enterprise and
rural Wallowa County. In 1911, George Cheney purchased the paper and
became the owner, editor, and publisher, and constructed the current
Wallowa County Chieftain Building in 1915. A strong community booster,
for the next twenty-six years Cheney reported and commented on many
locally important events including the 1917 fuel shortage, 1918 smallpox
epidemic, and the Great Depression. With WWII looming, Cheney sold the
paper to Gwen Coffin. Under Coffin’s leadership, the paper often
reported on controversial issues, offering the community a platform for
debate and discussion. His thorough reporting and commentary on
legalized gambling in Wallowa County attracted the attention of state
regulators who ended the practice. Sharply criticized for publicizing
the issue, Coffin remained unapologetic for this and his many other
positions through his tenure ending in 1972.
The Chieftain Building joins eight other historic Enterprise properties
listed in the National Register. To learn more about the recent
listings, visit Oregon Heritage: National Register (
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/Pages/index.aspx ). 
The Northwest Archivists (NWA) is offering a $500 Professional
Development Scholarship to practicing regional archivists for attending
workshops, institutes, conferences or other training opportunities.  The
scholarship particularly benefits self-employed archivists or those with
inadequate employer-provided assistance for professional development.
The application deadline is March 1. The NWA Scholarship Committee will
notify applicants of their status by early April.
Applicants should be engaged in the archival profession in Alaska,
Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana and have a minimum of one year FTE
paid or unpaid professional experience. They should be members of the
Northwest Archivists, and have limited or no access to institutional
funding for continuing education activities. Recipients will provide a
written description of their scholarship-related activity upon
completion for the NWA “Easy Access” newsletter.
Applicants should submit materials to NWA Awards Committee, Attn: Anne
Prahl, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearny St., Portland, OR 97209. For
application requirements and form, visit the Northwest Archivists (
http://northwestarchivistsinc.wildapricot.org/profdevscholarship )
The fall 2012 theme of the Oregon Library Association’s “OLA Quarterly”
focuses on the commonality of missions and challenges among the state’s
libraries and museums. Titled “Libraries, Museums and Oregon Cultural
History”, the edition discusses the professions’ commitment to preserve
the evidence of human history while balancing the fragile nature of
material and objects with the public’s desire to connect with collection
items.  Visit the Oregon Library Association ( http://www.olaweb.org/ )
website to view the fall and other editions of the Quarterly. 
The Oregon Nikkei Endowment (ONE) is seeking an Education Manager to
oversee its school, family and public programs. The Education Manager
will work closely with staff to conceptualize, design and carry out
educational programming for all audiences. Other position
responsibilities include managing docent and outreach programs;
collaboration with the director of collections and exhibits on
interpretive planning, audience evaluation; and assisting with grant
research and writing for educational programs. 
Successful candidates will have museum education experience, managerial
experience, excellent writing skills, and the ability to work well with
others. A familiarity with Portland Public Schools curriculum, the
teachers in the Portland-metro school district and Pacific Northwest,
Japanese American and/or United States history is preferred. 
A complete job description ( http://www.oregonnikkei.org/job.htm ) is
available online. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 21. Applications
can be hand delivered or mailed to Oregon Nikkei Endowment, 121 NW 2nd
Ave., Portland, OR 97209, ore submitted electronically to
resume at oregonnikkei.org. 


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