[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-09-27

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Sep 27 09:08:50 PDT 2012

In this Issue:
1. Cycling through Oregon’s Main Streets, History on Exchange
2. Archaeologists Discover Lost 1855 Battlefield
3. Southern Oregon’s Prehistoric Findings Subject Of Sept. 29 Talk
4. Oregon State Hospital Museum Sets Opening for Oct. 6
While cycling through some of Oregon’s main streets and visiting with
people along the way, Lexie Simpsonexperienced the State’s unique
heritage and beauty. Read about her experience on Heritage Exchange
http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com (
http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/ ) .
After three years of documentary and archaeological research, the
Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology has discovered the
location of the Battle of Hungry Hill, also known as the Battle of Grave
Creek Hills, in the remote mountains of southwest Oregon.
A team led by Professor Mark Tveskov that included Daniel Edgerton of
the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Robert Kentta of the
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Chelsea Rose of the SOU lab and
other scholars discovered the Rogue River War battlefield. Their work
included combing document archives in Washington D.C., Seattle, Wash.,
Berkeley, Calif., and elsewhere, as well as field surveying by SOU
students and community and tribal volunteers.
“In 1855, more than 500 Native American warriors, pioneer militiamen,
and U.S. Army dragoons engaged in a desperate battle for control over
Southern Oregon," said Tveskov.  "Despite being the largest battle of
the Rogue River Wars and one of the largest of the Indian wars of the
American West, the details of this battle have, until now, been lost to
history, and the location of the fight forgotten.” 
Edgerton added that the battle was "the worst defeat, particularly in
terms of the total number of casualties, suffered by the combined force
of U.S. Army and Oregon Volunteers in Oregon during the Indian wars.” 
Tveskov said a goal of the research project is to bring the story of
the Battle of Hungry Hill to the larger public, not only to learn about
these events that shaped the beginnings of the Oregon and Native
American and pioneer heritage, but to honor the memory of the
More information, including photographs, is available at
“Prehistoric Archaeology of Southern Oregon” is the topic for the final
talk in the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s Origins Series, at 5
p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road between Central
Point and Jacksonville.
Guest speaker Mark Tveskov, Professor of Archaeology at Southern Oregon
University, will discuss recent Oregon archaeological discoveries, which
have helped settle the debate about pre-Clovis origins of Native
American people. These findings have contributed to our understanding of
the earthquake history of the Oregon coast, and shed light on the events
of the Rogue River war.
For information and reservations, call 541-773-6536 x1002 or reserve
online at www.sohs.org ( http://www.sohs.org/ ) .
The Oregon State Hospital Museum (OSH) will celebrate its opening
beginning with a presentation about the filming of "One Flew Over the
Cuckoo's Nest" at 7 p.m., Oct. 5 at Hudson Hall, on the Willamette
University campus in Salem.  The presentation will include a panel
discussion featuring Academy Award winner Louise Fletcher and three
award-winning film makers. 
A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place to mark the
opening of the Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health at 10 a.m.,
Oct. 6, on the first floor of the Kirkbride Building off Center Street
NE, Salem. 
Speakers at the dedication event include Salem Mayor Anna Peterson, OSH
Superintendent Greg Roberts and Hazel Patton, OSH museum board
president.  John Houser will also give a brief presentation, followed by
the unveiling of his sculpture of mental health pioneer Dorothea Dix,
and Jane Kirkpatrick will discuss her new novel about Dix, titled “One
Glorious Ambition”. 
The new museum’s exhibits include a recreation of a portion of one of
the many tunnels that connected the old hospital, a ward room and
hallway from the old building and examples of treatment methods used by
the hospital over its nearly 130-year history. Attendees to the opening
will also have the opportunity to tour the new OSH Treatment Wing. 
For further information, call (971) 599-1674 or visit www.oshmuseum.org
( http://www.oshmuseum.org/ ) .


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