[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-11-05

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Mon Nov 5 09:03:05 PST 2012

In this Issue:
1. Cemeteries Commission to Meet, Hold Workshop in Lake Oswego 
2. Field Guide of Oregon Culture Offers Useful Information
3. Events set in Newport, Lincoln City, Portland
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) workshop and
meeting will take place Nov. 9 at the Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th
St. The workshop, “Avoiding and Responding to Vandalism”, will run from
8:30 – 10 a.m. and will offer preventative information and tips for a
response plan. The public OCHC meeting (12:45 – 3:30 p.m.) agenda items
include discussion of an upcoming national conference in Oregon, the
Heritage Vitality Task Force report, a heritage tourism study, current
projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments.

“The Oswego Pioneer Cemetery Association and the Oswego Heritage House
have been outstanding hosts,” noted Kuri Gill, program coordinator. “The
Oswego Pioneer Cemetery has a unique story in the state and the
Commission is thrilled to learn more about it.”

State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing
of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public
education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain
financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and
maintaining their appearances. For additional information about
commission activities, the meeting and workshop, contact Oregon Parks
and Recreation Department’s historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri
Gill, by phone at (503) 986-0685 or by e-mail at kuri.gill at state.or.us.

Created by the Oregon Cultural Trust, the recently released Field Guide
to Oregon Culture provides a blueprint of participation ideas for
heritage organizations.  It demonstrates the impact of the Oregon
Cultural Trust's work on individuals and communities around the state.
It also catalogs arts, heritage, and humanities activities produced and
protected by the 1,300 cultural non-profits affiliated with the Trust.
The Field Guide is comprised of two parts: "Why the Cultural Trust
Matters" and "Field Guide Activities". The first part features videos
that introduce grantees from each region of the state. Guide visitors
will also find testimonials about the Trust's importance and raw numbers
to support those claims. 
The second part provides examples of heritage related activities at
places like the Tamastlislikt Cultural Center, the Echo Historical
Museum, Kam Wah Chung, GeerCrest Farm and the Hallie Ford Museum.  
You can help decide which cultural activities the Field Guide features.
The Trust is seeking nominations for favorite activities and will
announce the best and most popular selections in December. Give your
“thumbs up” to as many favorites as you like, and share them with
friends to get out the vote.
In the future, the Field Guide will also include the ability for users
to create and share lists of their own “must-do” activities. To begin
using the Field Guide, visit www.oregonculturefieldguide.org (
http://www.oregonculturefieldguide.org/ ). 
Newport: Tracy Prince will present “Uniquely Oregon: Native American
Art of Oregon” at 2 p.m., Nov. 10 at the  Carriage House of the Lincoln
County Historical Society, 545 SW Ninth St. Coinciding with Native
American Heritage Month, the talk will explore what differentiates
Native American art in Oregon from Native art in other parts of the
Pacific Northwest, and what might this tell us about our state’s
identity. It will also discuss how Native American art presents Oregon’s
history and culture, and how we can learn more about our community’s
values and aspirations by looking at the artwork. For additional
information, call (541) 265-7509.
Lincoln City: Rebecca Dobkins will present “Hidden in Plain Sight:
Native American Art of Western Oregon” at 2 p.m., Nov. 10 at the Lincoln
City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy 101 in conjunction with the Native
American Heritage Festival. In this talk, Dobkins will offer an overview
of the native cultures that have historically intersected along Oregon’s
coast, and discuss the media and iconography traditional to western
Oregon for centuries. Other items featured at the Heritage Festival
include exhibits titled, “The People Are Dancing Again” and “Baskets,
Beads and Regalia: Cultural Treasures from the Confederated Tribes of
Siletz Indians”. For further information, visit
Portland: The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center will unveil a new exhibit,
titled “Coming Home: Voices of Return and Resettlement, 1945-1965 (
http://www.oregonnikkei.org/exhibits.htm#upcoming )” during an
opening event from 4 – 7 p.m., Nov. 15 at 121 NW 2nd Ave. The exhibit
will open to the public on Nov. 17 and run through March 31, 2013. “ (
http://www.oregonnikkei.org/exhibits.htm#upcoming )Coming Home”
presents personal stories of return and resettlement by Nikkei — men,
women and children of Japanese descent — forced from their Oregon farms
and homes and incarcerated as "enemies" during World War II. It traces
the reestablishment of the Japanese American community in Portland and
surrounding areas after the war and examines the injustices of war-time
relocation. For more information, visit www.oregonnikkei.org (
http://www.oregonnikkei.org/ ) or call (503) 224-1458. 

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