[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-07-18

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Jul 18 08:28:24 PDT 2012

In this Issue:
1. Gravestone Studies Conference Featured On Exchange
2. Emergency Preparedness Workshop Offered in Salem
3. The “Lacey Lady” Celebrates 65 Years in Milwaukie 
4. Architect John Bennes Subject of History Night Talk
5. Postal Service Commemorates Timberline Lodge’s 75th Year
Bob Keeler attended the Association for Gravestone Studies conference
earlier this month in New Jersey. During the week-long event he saw
slate carving demonstrations, learned about the history of the hearse
and gained an understanding about the process for organizing, planning
and carrying out preservation efforts in historic cemeteries. Want to
know more about his experience? Read all about it at Oregon Heritage
Exchange http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com (
http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/ ).
So, you have a disaster response plan, but do you know how well it will
work in a real disaster situation? It's better to find answers now than
after a disaster has occurred! The Western States and Territories
Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) and the Oregon State Library
will hold an emergence preparedness conference from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
October 5 at the Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem.
Kristen Kern will lead the workshop, titled “Scenario Planning and
Collaboration Among Heritage Institutions to Improve Disaster
Preparedness for Collections”. Those attending should bring a written
disaster plan (draft okay) that includes collections response/recovery;
a letter of institutional commitment to explore collaboration for
optimizing preparedness; and a completed three-page vulnerability
assessment (distributed three weeks before workshop).
The workshop will help assess vulnerabilities; test plans using a
scenario table as an exercise; explore how collaborations can help
respond to a disaster; and build a shared vision for regional disaster
preparedness. Staff from libraries, archives and other institutions who
work together on disaster preparedness activities should plan to attend,
including those responsible for emergency preparedness; administrators
and/or managers who care fro buildings/collections; and key members of
the emergency/disaster team responsible for decision-making.
Visit http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=478 for
further information and to register. 
The Wings of Freedom Project (WOF), a collaboration of retired veterans
and local volunteers, is celebrating the 65th anniversary of the arrival
of “Lacey Lady” in Milwaukie by unveiling restoration and education
plans for the bomber during a kick-off event from 6 – 10 p.m., July 28,
at the Bomber Complex, 13515 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie.
The B17G “Flying Fortress” known as “Lacey Lady” has served as a
Milwaukie landmark since Art Lacey flew the bomber into the area in
1947. Of the 12,734 B17s manufactured during WWII, less than three dozen
remain intact – and less than a dozen of those remain airworthy. Built
at the Los Angeles-based Lockheed Vega Plant in 1944, the “Lacey Lady”
served during WWII at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Lacey purchased
the aircraft at the end of the war for $350, and flew it to Troutdale,
disassembled it, and trucked to Milwaukie, re-assembled it and set up
the now-famous gas station and diner. 
WOF plans to utilize the restoration of the B17 as a learning tool for
students to include math, science and engineering in conjunction with
historical components. The restoration project will also serve as a
commemorative tribute to the men and women who served in World War II. 
For more information, visit http://thebomber.com (
http://thebomber.com/ ) , email Terry at thebomber.com (
) or call (503) 654-6491. 
Larry Landis will present “Oregon’s Versatile Stylist: The
Architectural Legacy of John V. Bennes” during an Oregon Encyclopedia
History Night at 7 p.m., Aug. 6 at McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW
Glisan Street, Portland. 
John V. Bennes was one of Portland’s most prolific architect from 1906 –
1941. Bennes and his firm not only designed famous Portland landmarks
such as the Hollywood Theater, but also created hotels, movie theaters,
warehouses, and other commercial buildings in a variety of styles,
throughout Oregon including Baker City, Astoria, Ashland, La Grande,
Monmouth, Prineville, Coos Bay, and Corvallis. Landis will showcase the
rich architectural legacy that John V. Bennes created and share new
information about some of his design projects. 
For more information, visit www.oregonencyclopedia.org (
http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/ ) .
The United States Postal Service (USPS) will issue two commemorative
postmarks, beginning at 10 a.m., Sept. 28, as part of the 75th
anniversary celebration for Timberline Lodge, located on the south
slopes of Mt. Hood. Constructed in 1937 during the Great Depression as
part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) under President Franklin
D. Roosevelt, the Timberline Lodge project provided work for hundreds of
Oregonians. Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1977, it
continues to serve the public as one of the Northwest’s most popular
tourist attractions.
Scheduled speakers for the anniversary event include Mike Gentry,
President of the Friends of Timberline and Radonna Price, Postmaster of
Government Camp. The Lodge’s official St. Bernard mascots, Heidi and
Bruno, will also attend.
A limited edition postmark will feature a rendering of the Lodge with
Mt. Hood in the background. The USPS will offer this postmark during the
event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Timberline Lodge, or by mail until Oct.
29. In addition, the USPS will issue the first of a series of seven
pictorial postmarks celebrating the Mt. Hood area communities on the
same day at Timberline Lodge. This series is part of the “Postmark
America” program, which celebrates America’s most-treasured landmarks.
The Postal Service will issue the others in the series over the coming
year at Post Offices in the following Oregon communities: Timberline,
Government Camp, Rhododendron, Welches, Brightwood, Sandy and Mt. Hood
Parkdale. Created by Oregon artist Gary Randall, each design includes a
unique image of Mt. Hood. The postmarks will be available upon request
indefinitely for customers with a stamped envelope or card. USPS will
announce the issuance dates in the near future.
For further information, visit www.timberlinelodge.com (
http://www.timberlinelodge.com/ ) .


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