[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-05-17

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Thu May 17 08:37:13 PDT 2012

In this Issue:
1. Heritage Exchange Discusses 1940 U.S. Census Community Project
2. “Community Celebration” Papers Sought for WHC Publication
3. “Remembering Sweet Home” Subject of Talk
4. Spring Day Event to Celebrate McKenzie River Bicentennial
On April 2, 2012, the National Archives released the digital images of
the 1940 United States Federal Census. Now the 1940 US Census Community
Project is recruiting volunteers to provide quick access to these
digital images and immediately start indexing these records to make them
searchable online to put one of the richest genealogical data sets in
the world online, complete and free of charge forever. Read more on
Oregon Heritage Exchange www.oregonheritage.wordpress.com (
http://www.oregonheritage.wordpress.com/ ) .
“Willamette Valley Voices”, a bi-annual publication of the Willamette
Heritage Center (WHC), is seeking manuscripts for publication in its
second issue, scheduled for November. The theme of the next issue is
“community celebrations” including, but not limited to parades,
festivals, rodeos, powwows and annual memorial services pertaining to
the Mid-Willamette Valley.
Articles should be scholarly, written for a broad audience, based on
original research of a documentary, analytical or interpretive nature,
and not previously published. The deadline for 200-word abstracts is
Aug. 31. If accepted for publication, the final deadline is Oct. 26 for
papers consisting of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, including Chicago
Style endnotes. 
The WHC will also offer two awards annually for the best graduate
student contributions to “Willamette Valley Voices”, announced during
the . WHC announces the winners during its annual meeting in Feb.  
For submission information email Keni Sturgeon at
kenis at willametteheritge.org or call (503) 585-7012 ext. 257.
Mona Waibel will present “Remembering Sweet Home” at 2 p.m., May 20, at
the Lakeside Center of the Mennonite Village, 2180 54th Ave. SE, Albany.
A resident of Sweet Home, Waibel authored three volumes of “Sweet Home’s
Good Old Days”, compiled from columns she wrote for the “55 Plus”
section of “Sweet Home New Era” newspaper since Feb. 2006. 
For further information, email Glenn Harrison at
gr.harrison at comcast.net . 
McKenzie River Bicentennial Spring Day will celebrate the 200th
anniversary of the exploration and naming of the McKenzie River
beginning at the Fur Traders Encampment at 10 a.m., May 20 at the U.S.
Cavalry and American Indian Museum, 52281-B McKenzie Hwy, M.P. 42 (one
mile east of Blue River on Hwy 126). 
Two hundred years ago, Donald Mackenzie and a small group of fellow
explorers returned to Fort Astoria from the southern Willamette Valley
as the first Europeans to see its trails and waterways. They returned
with stories of the Kalapuya people and of lands abundant with
"innumerable herds of elk and deer". Twelve years later, the most
beautiful river in the area would gain the name "Mackenzie's Branch"
after this explorer.
At noon a gathering will commemorate the naming of the river at
Scottish Camp, located at the Community Track and Field near McKenzie
School (51187 Blue River Drive, Finn Rock). Bob Hart of Lane County
Historical Society will offer a few words of perspective. Return to the
Fur Traders Camp at 2:30 p.m. to hear Native American story-teller
Esther Stuzman at 2:30 p.m. 
Visit www.mckenziechamber.com/Bicentennial for additional information
and to download a brochure or email 200mckenzie at gmail.com .

For a complete list of Historic Preservation Month events, go to
www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/calendar.shtml .

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