[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-09-19

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Sep 19 09:03:55 PDT 2012

In this issue:
1.  Champoeg research recognized with national award
2.  Is there something odd about the I.O.O.F listings?
3.  Memories of 1936 fire to be rekindled
4.  Presentations scheduled for Portland area
5.  Verizon Foundation offers grants
The National Association of State Parks Directors has given David
Brauner and Oregon State University one of its president's awards for
park history.
Brauner's work at Champoeg State Heritage Area goes back decades, but
it is the findings since 2002 that have generated new interest. Brauner
and doctoral candidate Mollie Manion have been working with the Oregon
Parks and Recreation Department to build the historical record of "the
birthplace of Oregon."  Through field schools conducted by the OSU
Archaeology Department, digs have revealed artifacts that have
challenged how historians think about Euro-American settlers of this
site and how they lived.  This summer, nearly 1,000 visitors observed
the students excavating the site and documenting their finds and learned
of treasures and history of this significant site. 
The park directors association promotes and advances the state park
systems of America. Brauner accepted the award at its annual meeting. 
"We've had many exciting finds at Champoeg," he said. "To call the area
'rich' is akin to calling Stonehenge a nice bunch of rocks, as the
saying goes." Citing a strong working partnership with the Oregon Parks
and Recreation Department, Brauner added that "the honor of this award
belongs to the public of Oregon. This work was conducted for pure
research--out in the open, as a school, and with the public looking

"People think of parks as campgrounds, and places to play or picnic,"
said OPRD director Tim Wood. "We also need to remember how important a
park can be to our history, our sense of who we are as a people."  More
information about the award and the project is available at

You may have noticed that four Oregon sites related to the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows have been listed during the past six months in the
National Register of Historic Places. Cara Kaser of Oregon Heritage
explains in the Oregon Heritage Exchange that the four are among several
dozen significant I.O.O.F sites in the Oregon Historic Sites database.
She explains information is being sought about more sites in her
blogpost at http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com 
The Bandon Historical Museum will conduct an event remembering the 1936
“Great Bandon Fire” from 1 – 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the museum located on
Fillmore and Highway 101 in Bandon. The event will include presentations
and stories about the fire and the people involved. For further
information, email bandonhistoricalmuseum at yahoo.com or call (541)
Sept. 24:  Historian Richard Engeman will present "Meet the Producer:
Public Markets and Progressives in Portland and Seattle" at 7 p.m. Sept.
24 at the McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave. Public markets
blossomed in the early 20th century, and both Seattle and Portland
embraced them. Yet the experience of the markets in the two cities were
different, and Engeman explores those differences. The talk is
co-sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and Holy Names Heritage
Oct. 1:  Barbara Mahoney will present "Oregon Democracy: Asahel Bush,
Slavery, and the Statehood Debate” during the Oregon Encyclopedia’s
continuing History Night series at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at McMenamins Mission
Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St. As the editor of a Salem newspaper and a
leader of the Democratic party, Bush shepherded the Oregon territory to
statehood in the midst of the national controversy over slavery.  Bush’s
influence and his adamant loyalty to the United States led several
contemporaries to conclude that he played the key role in keeping Oregon
in the Union. 

Oct. 2:  Harvey Steel will present “The Archaeology of Folk Pottery in
the Pacific Northwest” following a business meeting of the Oregon
Archaeological Society at 7 p.m., Oct. 2 at Oregon Museum of Science and
Industry, 1945 SE Water Ave.,. The lecture will concentrate on
archaeological surveys that located and identified the earliest known
stoneware and redware potters of Oregon and Washington.  More than two
dozen pottery sites in these two states have been located and explored,
including analyses of the exact composition of the clay beds used by
each of the potters. For further information, visit
www.oregonarchaeological.org or call (503) 727-3507.
The Verizon Foundation offers event sponsorships and competitive
grants. Eligible 501(c)(3) organizations can submit grant requests for
projects with a focus on educational programs, that have a volunteer
component, and support a wide range of diverse individuals within their
community. For more information visit www.verizonfoundation.org/grants .

Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission,
which can be contacted at heritage.info at state.or.us 
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