[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-03-21

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Mar 21 08:49:25 PDT 2012

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation is considering how it can improve
its history presentation and experience at the Capitol. To assist in the
planning of an Oregon Capitol History Center, an online survey is
collecting input from stakeholders across the state. Members of the
Oregon State Capitol Foundation board will review survey results, which
will contribute to project planning. 
The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The deadline for
completing it is March 30. To participate, visit
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/orheritage .
In today's world, a wide variety of individuals create digital records
for multiple purposes. Our family photos are now digital images; our
traditional paper records are contained in email and word-processing
documents. The first in a series of two hour workshops on basic digital
preservation is scheduled from 10 a.m. – noon, March 28 at the State
Archives, 800 Summer Street NE, in Salem.
The first workshop, titled “Identify”, covers basic steps and
techniques for identifying digital content and instruction on creating a
digital content inventory. Knowing the digital content you have is the
first step in developing a plan to ensure your content is available both
now and into the future.  
Subsequent workshops will cover additional steps in the digital content
preservation process. Austin Schulz, of the State Archives staff, will
lead all workshops. To pre-register for the workshops, email the
Archives at reference.archives at state.or.us and place “Digital
Preservation Workshop” in the subject line. Contact Austin Schulz at
(503) 378-5161 with questions.
The Astoria Bicentennial Committee and Celebration recently received
the Oregon Heritage Tourism Award for its outstanding use of Oregon’s
cultural history to draw visitors to the state. 
This highly-organized celebration showcased the culture and history of
this oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. The result
was record-high media coverage and an increase in visitors to the area,
positively impacting the local economy. Visitors and special guests
included the Chinook Indian Nation, singer Reba McIntire and descendants
of founder Lord Astor. Partners involved in the planning, marketing and
event production of this exceptionally successful year-long celebration
included Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, Lower Columbia Tourism
Committee, Clatsop County Historical Society, Astoria Bicentennial
Celebration Committee and the City of Astoria.
Visit www.TravelOregon.com ( http://www.traveloregon.com/ ) for
additional details. 
Collections care will get special attention during a workshop and a
seminar taking place at the Oregon Heritage Conference/Northwest
Archivists Annual Meeting April 26 – 28 in Salem.
A half-day workshop, led by Vicki Wiese of the Coos Historical and
Maritime Museum, will show how a clear collections policy can enable an
organization to make the best acquisition and collections care choices,
encourage ethical and professional handling of collections. This
workshop will address all of the sections of a collections policy, with
an emphasis on the deaccession process. You'll leave with a draft policy
and good tips for your deaccession project.
Another session will provide answers to questions such as: Is there
something odd in your collection: an object or document without a
record, identification or even a location? How do you determine what to
do? Collections managers, registrars and archivists will present case
studies on the conundrums they have faced and field questions from the
audience. The presenters will look at the problems of old loans,
undocumented objects found in collections, items lost in inventory, and
Scheduled presenters include Kathleen Daly, Oregon Military Museum;
Mary McRobinson, Willamette University; Kylie Pine, Willamette Heritage
Center and Oregon State Hospital Museum; and Jeff Smith, Columbia River
Maritime Museum.
Visit http://northwestarchivistsinc.wildapricot.org/annualmeeting for
more information about the conference and to register.
Visit www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Conference.shtml to learn more about
the joint Oregon Heritage Conference / Northwest Archivists Annual
Meeting April 26-28. 

Visit us on Facebook (
www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-Heritage-Conference/194597583890959 )
for updates. 

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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