[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2013-08-02
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Fri Aug 2 08:50:11 PDT 2013
In this Issue:
1. Would you be ready if disaster hit?
2. Lamson Ranch, near Willamina, latest entry in National Register
3. Can you dig it?
4. Ten Century and Sesquicentennial Farms and Ranches to be recognized
WOULD YOU BE READY IF DISASTER HIT?
Would your heritage organization be able to respond if a rainstorm
flooded your building? If a water pipe burst in your storage area, what
would you do? Read about one museum’s experience on Heritage Exchange (
Oregon Heritage will offer several technical assistance workshops this
September and October that focus on disaster response and recovery for
museums, archives, and libraries as well as basic and advanced
collections care. Heritage Exchange (
provides further information, or visit Oregon Heritage Technical
Assistance page ( http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/TECH/pages/index.aspx
LAMSON RANCH, NEAR WILLAMINA, LATEST ENTRY IN NATIONAL REGISTER
Jeremiah and Helen Hawks Lamson arrived in present-day Yamhill County
in late summer 1848 and were among the area’s earliest settlers.
Establishing their claim in the Willamina area, the Lamson family built
a cabin, and later a house, barn and other buildings over several years.
Quickly becoming locally influential, the Lamson’s developed a
successful ranching operation and participated in local and Territorial
Government. The family was also peripherally associated with the
establishment and maintenance of nearby Fort Yamhill and had business
dealings with the Grand Ronde Agency. The remaining ranch buildings,
specifically the house and barn, are now-rare examples of their
respective types. The circa-1850 barn is an extremely rare surviving
example from the settlement-era, which at the time of its construction
was one of the largest barns in the Willamette Valley. The 1880-1883
Gothic Revival residence, the third dwelling on the property, is a
virtually intact example of the rural Oregon interpretation of that
style, retaining many exterior and interior features from the period of
Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended
the nomination of the Lamson Ranch in February 2013. The National
Register now lists more than 80 historic Yamhill County properties. The
National Park Service maintains the National Register under the
authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Visit
Oregon Heritage (
) o learn more about the Lamson Ranch and other Oregon listings.
CAN YOU DIG IT?
Do you dig history? Join a special tour near the former Champoeg
Townsite and view Oregon State University’s Archeological Dig at 10
a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays through mid-August. The tour involves a
three-quarter-mile round trip hike, partly across an open field. The
Junior Ranger Program will also be a part of the tour, which will take
one-and-a-half to two hours. The terrain is uneven with no wheelchair or
restroom access. Wear closed toed shoes and sun protection, and bring
The tour will start at the Townsite Trailhead east of the Pioneer
Mother’s Memorial Cabin, in the Riverside Day Use Area Call (503)
678-1251 ext. 222 for more information.
CENTURY AND SESQUICENTENNIAL FARMS AND RANCHES TO BE RECOGNIZED
The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program will recognize ten farms and
ranches from eight different counties as Century Farms and bestow
Sesquicentennial status on one farm during a ceremony at the Oregon
State Fair beginning at noon Aug. 24 in the Corporate Tent on the west
side of the fairgrounds. The families will receive a certificate, signed
by the Governor and Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture,
and colorful roadside signs imprinted with the founder’s name and the
year they established the ranch or farm. This year’s recognition brings
the total number of Oregon Century Farms and Ranches to 1,177.
This year’s Sesquicentennial Farm honor goes to Vanessa VanDomelen of
Washington County for continuously farmed portions of the original
family acreage for 150 years or more. The Sesquicentennial Award program
began in 2008 in honor of Oregon’s 150th birthday celebration.
Twenty-six families have received this prestigious award.
The ten 2013 Century Farm and Ranch families include Joseph and Theresa
Cersovski, Linn County; Donald T. Lieuallen, Robert M. Lieuallen, and
Penny F. Lieuallen, Umatilla County; Duck Inn Group, LLC (Joe Adelman),
Marion County; Mardelle L. Ebell, Baker County; Joseph Timothy Walton,
Grant County; Robert S. and Lenore (“Nornie”) Johnson, Wheeler County;
Powers Ranch Company (Al Powers), Coos County; Rodd D. Bunch, Cheryl A.
Buchanan, and Susan K. Bunch, Baker County; David D. Cruickshank and the
Doris D. Cruickshank Family Trust, Yamhill County; and Dr. Clinton and
Karen Reeder, Umatilla County.
Every Oregon farm and ranch has a unique history and special family
story. The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor
farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land. The
Program encourages agriculture families to share, with a broader
audience these stories of century long connections. Promoting family
stories encourages the passing of rich cultural heritage to future
generations, while educating Oregonians about the social and economic
impact of Oregon agriculture.
To qualify for a century or sesquicentennial award, interested families
must follow a formal application process. Application documentation may
include photos, original deeds, personal stories, or other historic
records. These records help support Oregon’s agricultural history by
providing valuable information about settlement patterns or statistics
on livestock and crop cycles.
For information about the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program,
contact Sharon Leighty, Program Coordinator, at 503-400-7884 or
cfr at oregonfb.org. The application deadline for 2014 is May 1.
Registration opens August 7 for workshops offered by Oregon Heritage
that cover basic and advanced collections care, and disaster response
and recovery for museums, archives, and libraries! Visit the Oregon
Heritage Technical Assistance page (
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/TECH/pages/index.aspx ) for updates!
Oregon Heritage has five grants available! Plan to attend the Online
Grant Application Webinar and learn about the application process from 1
– 2 p.m. on Aug. 22. Visit the Oregon Heritage website’s grants page (
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx ) for all the
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documenting, preserving, interpreting and sharing Oregon's heritage.
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