[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-02-01

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Feb 1 08:44:56 PST 2012

In This Issue:
1. Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeways Open
2. NPS Announces American Latino Theme Study 
3. SOHS Opens “Early Days of Automobiles” Display
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Oregon Tourism
Commission recently announced the opening two new state-designated
scenic bikeways, including the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway in Cottage
Grove. Featuring an all-ages, all-abilities cycling experience that is
perfect for families, this 36-mile route boasts six covered bridges,
many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The route passes Chambers Bridge, the only covered railroad bridge west
of the Mississippi. 

For further information on Oregon's scenic bikeways, visit
www.rideoregonride.com (
) ; for detailed maps and route descriptions, visit
www.oregonscenicbikeways.org (
) .

The National Park Service (NPS) is undertaking the preparation of the
Latino Theme Study that will increase opportunities for the public to
learn about the role of American Latinos in the development of the
nation. The NPS Advisory Board recently established the American Latino
Scholars Expert Panel to advise the NPS on the theme study’s structure,
potential authors, and major sources of information. This study will
serve as a model for additional theme studies that address other ethnic
groups in the United States.
American Latino historic places are underrepresented in official
recognition programs at all levels.  The theme study will evaluate
Latino-related places for historical significance in communities
nationwide and the potential nomination of these places to the National
Register of Historic Places and for National Historic Landmark
designation. The expert panel welcomes suggestions from the public about
American Latino historic places and stories associated with them that
could be added to the “study list”, which forms a part of the theme
Do you know of an American Latino site of significance? It may be in
your community; it may recognize civil rights struggles; local culture,
such as murals; historic trails; and migration routes or in national
parks managed by the NPS or on lands managed by the Federal government
or state, tribal, and local governments.  No matter where the site is
located within the boundaries of the United States, the NPS wants to
hear about it.  Send the name of the property, its location, and a few
sentences about why it is important and why it tells an important story
to American_Latino_Heritage at nps.gov . 
Visit  http://www.nps.gov/history/crdi/latino.html for further
information or contact Antoinette J. Lee by email toni_lee at nps.gov or by
phone (202) 354-2272.
The Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS) recently opened a display
of artifacts and photos related to the early days of automobiles in the
Rogue Valley. Located in the SOHS windows at the corner of Central and
Eighth in Medford, the display is viewable 24 hours a day through
February. Included among the many artifacts are a 1912 chain tire, a
duster worn by the Hanleys, and photographs of the first trip to the top
of Table Rock. 
To read about the “Early Days of Automobiles” visit www.sohs.org (
http://www.sohs.org/ ) . For further information contact Pat Harper
at (541) 858-1724.

Save the dates for the 2012 Oregon Heritage Conference: April 26 - 28!

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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