[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-11-02

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Fri Nov 2 09:05:52 PDT 2012

In this Issue:
1. Osco C. Roehr House Named to National Register, Lake Oswego
2. Association of Gravestone Studies Seeks Conference Proposals
3. Long-Time Tamastslikt Staff Member Dies
4. Upcoming Events in Clackamas, Portland, Medford and Ashland
The Osco C. Roehr House in Lake Oswego is Oregon’s latest entry in the
National Register of Historic Places. 
Prominent lawyer, businessman, community activist, and local
politician, former Lake Oswego Mayor Osco C. Roehr served his community
between 1939 and 1945, and was instrumental in the creation and
development of the city’s park system. Long familiar with Lake Oswego
from boyhood trips to the lake, Roehr arranged for the purchase of the
Oregon Iron and Steel Company chimney, a prominent local landmark, and
the subsequent creation of George Roger’s Park. He then successfully
lobbied the community to pass the necessary levies to support the
growing park system. An individual of strong convictions, Roehr notably
defended Japanese Americans against the confiscation of their property
during World War II. In contrast to common sentiment at the time, he
spoke against the “petty injustice[s]” committed by the U.S. Government
and he urged others not to condemn this group of people for the tragedy
at Pearl Harbor. Roehr’s 1931 English Cottage-style home was designed by
his brother Frank, and is a good example of this type of residential
architecture in Lake Oswego and representative of his influential life
in the community.
Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended
the building’s nomination in February 2012. Sixteen historic Lake Oswego
properties are now listed in the National Register, which is maintained
by the National Park Service under the authority of the National
Historic Preservation Act of 1966. 
More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings
is online at www.oregonheritage.org ( http://www.oregonheritage.org/
)(click on “National Register” at left of page).
The Association of Gravestone Studies (AGS) is seeking proposals for
their 2013 national conference, which will take place June 18-23 in
Salem. AGS is also offering student scholarships to the conference.
Visit www.gravestonestudies.org/conferences.htm for more information. 
John Chess, the development director for the Tamástslikt Cultural
Institute, died recently.
Chess was employed for more than two decades by Tamástslikt and the
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Part of his work
during that time involved writing grants that led to the opening of
Tamástslikt in 1997. He had served on the Oregon Historic Trails
Advisory Council since 2004 and had led efforts for the heritage
technical assistance program in northeastern Oregon.
Friends and colleagues conducted a memorial service. Memorials in
John's memory may be directed to the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute
Treasures Fund, and may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton,
P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.
Clackamas: An open house will take place at the Oregon Military Museum
in recognition of Veteran’s Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Nov. 9 at Camp
Withycome, 15300 SE Industrial Way. The event will feature living
history demonstrations, tribal dancing, and exhibits about Oregon’s
military history through today, including past and present machinery.
For further information, email historicoutreach at aol.com or 
Portland: Prudence Roberts will present “Of Casts and Characters: The
Early Years and Collections of the Portland Art Museum” at 7 p.m., Nov.
5 at McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan Street. The talk will
journey back to late 19th century Portland and the founding of the
city’s art museum to learn about its earliest art collections
including hundreds of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture. Visit
www.oregonencyclopedia.org ( http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/ ) for
further details.
Medford and Ashland: Robin Kigel will present "Justice for All:
Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage in Oregon" as the next topic
in the 2012 "Windows in Time" history series offered through a
partnership between Jackson County Library Services and the Southern
Oregon Historical Society. Kigel’s presentation will take place at noon,
Nov. 7 at the Medford Branch Library, 205 South Central Avenue, and at
noon, Nov. 14, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard.
Her talk explores the life and political career of Marian Towne,  the
first woman elected to the Oregon House of Representatives. For further
information, call Jackson County Library Services at (541) 774-6996 or
(541) 774-8689, or the Southern Oregon Historical Society at (541)
899-8123 or visit www.jcls.org ( http://www.jcls.org/ ).


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