[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-07-11

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Jul 11 08:42:52 PDT 2012

In this Issue:
1. Architectural Heritage Features Evening Walking Tours 
2. GeerCrest Farm To Offer Screenings of “The Life of Vesper Geer”
3. The “Willie Wagon” Hits the Trail
4. Oak File Cabinets Available from LCHS, Newport 
There is still time to register for several walking tours through
Portland’s historic neighborhoods and districts this summer. The
Architectural Heritage Center is offering the tours on Thursday evenings
in July, August and September.  
Visit the Montavilla Neighborhood from 6 – 7:30 p.m., July 12 starting
at the St. Andrews Care Center, 1208 SE 76th, to view a neo-baroque
monastery, 19th century farmhouses, Arts and Crafts bungalows, and a
vibrant streetcar era commercial district with a restored “streamline
moderne” theater. 
Learn about the “Checkerboard History” of the Sellwood Neighborhood
from 6 – 7:30 p.m., July 19 starting at Oaks Pioneer Church, 455 SE
Spokane St. at Grand. Before it became a part of the City of Portland in
1893, Sellwood was an independent, incorporated town. That was also
before changes in transportation shifted commercial and residential
development. This tour takes you through a section of the original
Sellwood tract where you’ll see a variety of homes and commercial
buildings, dating from 1876 to the present.
>From 6 – 7:30 p.m., July 26, enjoy a leisurely stroll through Ladd’s
Addition National Register Historic District beginning at Palio Dessert
and Coffee House on Ladd Circle at 1996 SE Ladd Ave. This leafy enclave
includes early 20th Century homes, churches, and businesses. It is
Oregon’s oldest planned community and it became one of America’s Great
Places in 2009.  
To learn about the tours in August and September, or to register, visit
www.visitahc.org ( http://www.visitahc.org/ ) or call (503) 231-7264.
 “The Life of Vesper Geer”, a full-length biographic film, will screen
in three events across the state this month: At 7 p.m., July 28, St.
Edward's Church, Silverton; 7 p.m., July 29, at The Clinton Street
Theater, Portland; and at 6 p.m., July 31 at the Old St. Francis School
Theater in Bend (McMenamin's History Pub). 
The documentary tells the story of Vesper Geer, the last of her family,
who lived and died on the family’s farmstead outside Salem. It
chronicles her love for the small farm and her struggle to keep it in
the family through her photographs, letters, journals, audio tapes and
video recordings. 
To preview the film and learn more, visit
http://geercrest.org/vesper.htm . 
The "Willie Wagon" of the Old Aurora Colony Museum will hit the trail
for the Marion County Fair, July 12-17. The wagon and museum volunteers
will be in the "Heritage Area" of the fair each day from 10 a.m. to 5
A testament to a father's love for his oldest son, who died at age 19,
the wagon carried Willie Keil's body in a lead-lined coffin and led the
future Aurora settlers through the Oregon Trail. The last time the wagon
ventured to Salem took place 1993 as part of the Oregon Trail
The Lincoln County Historical Society (LCHS) in Newport is offering
legal size oak file cabinets to transfer and/or trade with another
non-profit museum. Designed for “built-in” installation, the units do
not have sides. They would be ideal as a recreated office for an exhibit
or could serve as lightly used cabinets in a museum office. If you are
interested or have questions, contact Steve Wyatt at LCHS via email,
ochcdirector at newportnet.com or by phone at (541) 265-7509.


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