[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-02-10
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Fri Feb 10 08:16:37 PST 2012
In this Issue:
1. Websites Offer Black History Month Information
2. Webinar Speakers Cover Moving Collections
3. Events Set in Tigard and Hillsboro, Salem, Champoeg
WEBSITES OFFER INFORMATION FORBLACK HISTORY MONTH
Black History Month presents an opportunity to remember and reflect on
the experiences, historical contributions of, and injustices incurred by
African Americans in Oregon. Many websites offer information about these
issues and examine moments and people important to African American
heritage in Oregon. You’ll find a few listed below.
A visit to www.ohs.org/education/focus/african-american-history.cfm
reveals a page on the Oregon Historical Society website, where you will
discover information and links to photographs and archival materials
related to Oregon’s African American history.
Salem Online History ( www.salemhistory.net (
http://www.salemhistory.net/ ) ) features photographs, a bibliography
and history about Salem’s African Americans from the pioneers thru
today. Learn about Robin and Polly Holmes who came to Oregon as slaves
and later obtained their freedom; Gordy T. "Jitterbug" Levy, a black man
who worked for the railway on Extra-Gang 23; and Geraldine Hammond, a
former public school administrator and the namesake of a Salem
The Oregon Encyclopedia Project offers links to many essays about
African Americans, including Beatrice Morrow Cannady, the most noted
civil rights activist in early twentieth-century Oregon; William A.
Hilliard, the first African American editor of the Oregonian; Joe
Gordon, the finest second basemen in Major League baseball history; and
Willie Mae Young Hart who operated Portland's first black-owned cab
company and served as the first African American nurse at Portland's
Physicians and Surgeons Hospital. You’ll also discover information about
the affects of I-5’s construction on Portland’s African American
Community and about the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, nicknamed
the "Triple Nickles", an African American unit of the U.S. Army that
operated out of Pendleton during WWII. Visit www.oregonencyclopedia.org
( http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/ ) to learn more.
WEBINAR SPEAKERS COVER MOVING COLLECTIONS
The national Connecting to Collections program has made available a
free recording of this week's program "Objects on the Move! Packing and
This webinar concerned the moving of collections into temporary or new
storage, or re-configuring existing storage. Covered topics included
estimating time and staff to pack and move items, ordering supplies,
arranging transportation, packing properly, and even featuring the
behind-the-scenes work in public outreach and education.
The program's experts were Wendy Jessup, a conservator in private
practice, and Tova Brandt, curator of exhibitions at the Danish
Immigrant Museum. For more information about the webinar and Connecting
to Collections free services, visit www.connectingtocollections.org
EVENTS SET IN TIGARD AND HILLSBORO, SALEM, CHAMPOEG
Tigard and Hillsboro: Historian Richard Engeman will present "Oregon
History 101," an illustrated historical overview of the state at 1 p.m.,
Feb. 12 at the Tigard Public Library, 13500 SW Hall Boulevard, Tigard
and at 7 p.m., Feb. 21 at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 East
Main Street, Hillsboro. Engeman is the author of “The Oregon Companion:
an Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane” and
is the former public historian of the Oregon Historical Society. For
further information about the Tigard presentation, call (503) 684-6537
and for the Hillsboro event call (503) 615-3485.
Salem: A panel of Western Oregon University honors students moderated
by Kim Jensen will present “Views on the Fight for Women’s Voting Rights
in Oregon” from 3 – 4:30 p.m., Feb. 18 at Willamette Heritage Center,
1313 Mill Street SE, Salem. In conjunction with the Center’s
“Willamette Women: Our History is Our Strength” exhibit, the panel
will share a variety of views on Oregon’s Woman Suffrage that address
some major themes, people, groups and events in the movement. The
students’ presentations stem from work conducted for the Century of
Action’s website (www.centuryofaction.org (
http://www.centuryofaction.org/ )). The website celebrates the
centennial Oregon women’s right to vote and advances the understanding
of women’s citizenship in Oregon’s history. For further information,
visit www.willametteheritage.org ( http://www.willametteheritage.org/ )
or call (503) 585-7012.
Champoeg: Food, games, stories and songs will provide a glimpse of the
cultures who lived at Champoeg during “Champoeg: A Cultural Crossroads”,
from 10 a.m. – noon, Feb. 18 at the Champoeg State Heritage Area Visitor
Center Auditorium, off US 99W, seven miles east of Newberg. A costumed
interpreter will weave the history of French Prairie through the stories
and actions of past inhabitants including the Kalapuya, French fur
trappers and American settlers. Contact Kim Martin by email
education at champoeg.org or phone (503) 678-1649 for more information.
Save the dates for the 2012 Oregon Heritage Conference: April 26 - 28!
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