[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-09-17

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Mon Sep 17 14:26:43 PDT 2012

In this Issue:
1.  Cemeteries Commission seeks member applications
2.  Day-long Chautauqua set for Sept. 22 at Hanley Farm
3.  Computerized Trail game becomes real Sept. 29
4.  Diary writing contest to begin in October
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking a volunteer to
fill the position of a commissioner who recently fulfilled her term of
In 1999 the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, made up of seven
citizens, was empowered by the legislature to develop and maintain a
listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; to make
recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative
appropriations for historic cemeteries, and to assist in the
coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic
cemeteries statewide.

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the
state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects,
programs and grant selection. The Commissioners are also asked to
provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects
outside of meeting time.
The commission is particularly seeking a representative from the
Willamette Valley area of the state, but all are encouraged to apply.
Apply before Oct. 5. For more information on the program visit
www.oregonheritage.org. For more information or to apply to serve,
contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill at state.or.us or (503) 986-0685.
The Southern Oregon Historical Society will host its first Chautauqua
from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sept. 22 at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road,
between Central Point and Jacksonville. Referred to by President
Theodore Roosevelt as “the most American Thing in America,” the
Chautauqua is a celebration of education, oratory, music, drama, art,
and variety. 
The Chautauqua will feature speakers and performers from Ashland to
Portland, including Steven Holgate, a nationally recognized actor will
portray Abraham Lincoln, who will speak about westward expansion and
other relevant topics. Lynn Schonchin, a Klamath historian and former
tribal chairman, will portray Captain Jack and discuss the Modoc War.
Presenting with him will be Kami Horton, the producer of  Oregon Public
Broadcasting's program about the war.
In addition to the presentations, the Chautauqua event will feature a
variety of children’s activities including interactive historical
presentations about Abraham Lincoln and storytelling. The Civil War
Society will be encamped on site.  For further information, visit
www.sohs.org or call (545) 773-6536.
The Oregon Trail computer game comes to life during Oregon Trail Live
starting at noon Sept. 29 at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill
St. SE, Salem. During the event, teams of four will face challenges like
hunting, grave digging, caulking and floating their wagons and carrying
200 pounds of meat. The event also includes a “Grueling Pace Challenge”
for those who wish to get a taste of the punishing physicality that
results from walking across the country.
A hoe down celebration will take place after the Oregon Trail
Registration begins at noon, with challenge activity starting at 1 p.m.
For further information, visit www.oregontraillive.com or call (503)
The Oregon Historical Society is conducting a diary writing contest
with a George Himes Prize for the Best Diary or Journal. Coinciding with
Portland’s Wordstock festival, OHS will offer two prizes for the best
journals or diaries written over a period of 10 months. The contest
honors George H. Himes (1844 – 1940), the first curator of OHS, who
wrote daily diaries as a teenager in the 1850s and kept them up until
his death. His diaries are among those preserved in the OHS Library,
along with the diaries and journals hundreds of other writers. 

The contest will include junior and adult categories. Winning writers
will publicly read selections from their work.  All journals and diaries
submitted will become part of the library collections at the Oregon
Historical Society and preserved as part of Oregon’s historical record.
Visit www.ohs.org/research/library/diary-contest.cfm for contest rules
and submission forms.  For more information, contact the OHS Research
Library at libreference at ohs.org or (503) 306-5240.-----------------

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