[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2013-04-25

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Apr 25 08:53:33 PDT 2013

In this Issue:
1. Salem receives Heritage All-Star Community designation
2. Windows in Time series to take place in Medford, Ashland
3. “Settling In” exhibit puts down roots at Jewish Museum May 8
4. Lincoln County Historical Society seeks maritime objects
5. “Created Equal” project offers programming support opportunity
6. Volunteer coordinators sought for Astoria, Portland museums
The Oregon Heritage Commission has designated Salem as an “Oregon
Heritage All-Star Community.” The commission created the All-Star
program to recognize the strong efforts by communities to broadly
preserve and develop heritage resources.
An All-Star designation requires that communities meet at least 15 of
20 criteria related to local heritage.  These include heritage tourism
efforts, historic preservation programs, photo and document archives,
museums, historic cemeteries and more. Salem meets 18 of the 20
criteria, the highest number of criteria of any Heritage All-Star
community to date.  The city is required to maintain at least 15 of the
criteria to maintain the Heritage All-Star status.  Salem – and other
all-star communities – will receive technical assistance to maintain,
sustain and expand the heritage offerings and facilities.
Assistance is available for communities seeking to acquire Heritage
All-Star Community status. Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and
Recreation Department, that houses the Oregon Heritage Commission,
offers technical support, workshops, grants and other resources for all
heritage projects in the state. To learn more, visit
www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill at state.or.us or
Dennis Powers will present "The Past from the Eyes of Gold Hill: The
Town, Gold Mining, The River, and More" as the next topic in the 2013
"Windows in Time" history series sponsored by the Southern Oregon
Historical Society and Jackson County Library Services. The talk will
feature rare images of life in the "olden days," including the Rogue
River and gold mining beginning at noon on May 1 at the Medford Branch
Library, 205 South Central Avenue, and May 8 at the Ashland Branch
Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard. For more information on the "Windows in
Time" series, call Jackson County Library Services at (541) 774-6996 or
541-774-8689 or the Southern Oregon Historical Society at (541) 899-8123
or visit www.jcls.org.
The Oregon Jewish Museum will hold an opening reception for its new
exhibit “Settling In” from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., May 8 at 1953 NW Kearney
St., Portland. Made possible in part through a grant from the Oregon
Heritage Commission, “Settling In” examines the experience and
acculturation of immigrants to Oregon through the lens of the Eastern
European and Russian Jews. They became “Americanized” through the
Neighborhood House, the settlement house founded in south Portland in
1905, and later immigrants served through the Immigrant and Refugee
Community Organization.  The  exhibit examines and compares the
struggles and triumphs of the early 20th century immigrants with
challenges and achievements of a contemporary and diverse group of
immigrants from Burma, Cambodia, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, and Somalia. 
Running through September 29, the exhibit highlights the old and new
realities of the immigrant experience through compelling and sometimes
astonishing stories. For further information, visit www.ojm.org. 
The Lincoln County Historical Society wants to borrow maritime-related
objects for the community-based exhibit, “Ship to Shore: Objects of a
Maritime Community.” This community-driven exhibit opens June 28 as part
of the opening of the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center. Maritime
objects do not need to be old, but a connection to the central Oregon
coast is preferred. For information about submitting an object, call
(541) 265-7509. The deadline for making loan arrangements is May 15. 
The National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, recently announced a
special initiative project called “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights
Struggle.” The partnership provides museums and historical societies,
humanities councils, public and academic libraries and community
organizations the opportunity to receive an award of up to $1,200 to
support public programming exploring the themes of the Created Equal
project. Each of the 500 sites chosen will receive a film set containing
the films The Abolitionists, Slavery By Another Name, The Loving Story
and Freedom Riders, as the catalyst for their public programming. The
four nationally acclaimed films connect the stories of the long civil
rights movement to spark public conversations about the changing
meanings of freedom and equality in U.S. history. For detailed
information, visit www.gilderlehrman.org/createdequal. The grant term
runs September 1 – August 31, 2016. The application deadline is May 15.
Columbia River Maritime Museum, located in Astoria, is seeking a
part-time volunteer coordinator, to work 25 hours per week. The
successful candidate will recruit, train, and schedule volunteers, and
will be outgoing, organized, and able to multi-task. Excellent
communication skills required. Application packets are available at the
front desk of the museum, 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria. The application
deadline is April 26. 
The Oregon Maritime Museum, located in Portland, is seeking a part time
volunteer coordinator to serve at its two locations. The coordinator
will recruit, train, schedule, and manage volunteers for an office and
library at 115 SW Ash Street, Portland, and on board the Steamer
“Portland” a few blocks away. Duties related to volunteer
coordination include support for special events, museum store
operations, and outreach to the community. Previous experience in an
office or non-profit environment and educational background or work
experience in recruiting, history or education preferred. The successful
candidate will communicate effectively with co-workers, volunteers, and
the public, in person, by email and on the telephone; will be well
organized and highly detailed oriented; will have the ability to work
independently and the willingness to become proficient at telling the
museum’s story. Applicants should possess a proficiency in Windows-based
office systems, email, social media, and the internet; as well as the
ability to do basic statistical reporting, some graphics, and some
financial reporting. For a complete job description and application
requirements, visit the Oregon Maritime Museum website (
).  The application deadline is May 10.
The 2013 Heritage Conference program (
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx ) is now
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