[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2013-04-04

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Apr 4 09:12:19 PDT 2013

In this Issue:
1. Historic Cemeteries Commission to meet in Cave Junction April 5 
2. RARE applications due April 15
3. Date changed for Oregon Main Street Conference in Astoria
4. Tourism Conference to take place in Salem April 14 – 16 
5. Welcome and Visitor Training Center slated at Grand Ronde May 8 – 10

6. Exhibit openings in Portland, Salem and Medford
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is set to meet at the
Illinois Valley Grange, 3763 Holland Loop Road, Cave Junction from 1 –
3:30 p.m., April 5. Agenda items include a national conference in
Oregon, the cemetery grant report, current projects and upcoming plans.
The commission will invite public comments. 

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. Contact the Oregon Parks and Recreation
Department’s historic cemeteries program coordinator, Kuri Gill for
additional information by calling (503) 986-0685 or email (
mailto:Kuri.Gill at state.or.us ). 
Do you have Main Street-related projects and not enough resources to
complete them? If so, the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments
(RARE) Program might be your solution. Pre-Applications are due April
The mission of the RARE AmeriCorps Program is to increase the capacity
of rural communities to improve their economic, social, and
environmental conditions, through the assistance of trained
graduate-level participants, from across the US. RARE AmeriCorps members
live in and serve communities for 11 months, providing assistance in the
development and implementation of projects. The RARE program is now in
its 19th year with more than 400 volunteers placed in communities in
nearly every county in Oregon. A few recent Main Street and RARE Program
partnerships include Astoria Downtown Historic District Association, La
Grande Main Street, Milton-Freewater Downtown Alliance, Coos Bay
Downtown Association, City of Toledo and the City of Canby.
Visit the RARE website ( http://csc.uoregon.edu/rare/ ) to learn more.
For questions send an email ( mailto:rare at uoregon.edu ) or call (541)
Headquartered at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, the Oregon Main Street
Annual Conference will now take place October 2 – 4. Stay tuned for
further information from conference partners Oregon Main Street,
Historic Preservation League of Oregon, Pacific Power and Astoria
Downtown Historic District Association. 
The Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism will provide three days of
networking, and immersion in the travel and tourism industry's best
practices April 14 – 16 in Salem. Join more than 400 creative industry
professionals to learn more about marketing, destination development,
international marketing and sales, and leadership.
This year’s conference will focus on the great people, past and
present, who have made Oregon an innovative place to do business. From
wagon trains to the acts of visionary leaders and entrepreneurs – Oregon
is a beacon for new thinking. Workshops include sessions led by the
Oregon Arts and Heritage Commissions focusing on culture and
heritage-related travel. “Research Roundup II: Cultural and Heritage
Travel in Oregon” will include a presentation by Mandala Research
related to key findings about the economic impact of culture and
heritage travel to Oregon and the level to which cultural and heritage
activities and icons act as a motivating force for travelers to visit
our state.
For more information, visit www.oregontourismconference.com.
The Welcome and Visitor Center Training Conference will take place May
8 – 10 in the Yamhill Valley community of Grande Ronde at Spirit
Mountain Casino, 27100 Salmon River Hwy. This "beginning of the season"
training conference is invaluable to staff and volunteers working in a
front line capacity at a welcome/visitor center, lodging property or
other visitor information type business or organization, including
heritage organizations.
Attendees will learn about new attractions, activities and events by
region around the state and receive updates on important visitor
information from Oregon State Parks, Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife, Travel Oregon and other organizations. The conference is a
great way to network with industry peers and promote your organization,
community, and region to others who can refer visitors to you. 
Visit Travel Oregon (
) for the conference agenda and registration information. 
Portland: A new exhibit about the immigrant experience in Oregon will
open at 5:30 p.m., May 8 at the Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney
St. in Portland. Made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Heritage
Commission, the exhibit, titled “Settling In”, uses artifacts,
photographs, audio and video, to reveal similarities and differences
between the struggles and triumphs that have shaped immigrant
experiences for nearly two centuries. Produced in partnership with the
Immigration Refugee Community Organization “Settling In” explores the
shared experiences of two waves of immigrants who arrived in Oregon a
century apart: Russian and Eastern European Jews in the early 1900s, and
contemporary immigrants from Burma, Cambodia, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea and
Somalia. The exhibit will run through Sept. 29. For further information,
visit the Oregon Jewish Museum website ( http://www.ojm.org/ ).
Salem: “We were Here First . . . And We’re Here to Stay!” is a new
exhibit set to open April 12 at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313
Mill Street SE, in Salem. Curated by the Cultural Resources Department
of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and the Grand Ronde
Museum, the exhibit will run through May 27. It explores the experiences
of tribal members living through the 1954 termination of the Grand Ronde
Reservation, which nullified seven ratified treaties and removed Federal
recognition of the tribal people, and their struggle and success in
achieving restoration in 1983. For further information, call (503)
585-7012 or visit http://www.willametteheritage.org.
Medford: A new traveling exhibit, titled “Stories of Home” will opened
recently at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. Part of
the History : Made by You series, the exhibit will run through May 23.
"Stories of Home," highlights the experiences of individuals immigrating
to Southern Oregon, including Rocio Jiménez who moved to Southern Oregon
from Mexico and Lin Cong who arrived in the United States four years
ago. For further information, contact email Amy Drake (
mailto:amy at sohs.org ), call (541) 773-6536, ext. 1006 or visit
Register now ( http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx
) for the 2013 Heritage Conference in Portland May 9 and 10!
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