[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2013-12-19

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Thu Dec 19 15:39:06 PST 2013

In this Issue:
1. La Grande resident appointed to state historic cemeteries
2. Is the Cultural Trust on your gift list?
3. Parks film shows Oregon in the 1950s
4. Hood River Museum kicks off “What if Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?”
5. Third edition of Roth’s classic “Understanding Architecture”
6. Nominations open for America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places (
7. Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition seeks part time executive
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Tim Wood has appointed
Ernest K. Batey of La Grande to the Oregon Commission on Historic
Cemeteries. Batey is a visiting assistant professor in the
Anthropology/Sociology Department at the Eastern Oregon University.
“The commission is pleased to welcome Mr. Batey who brings academic
interest and knowledge in cultural landscapes and mortuary practices,”
said program coordinator Kuri Gill. “In addition, we are thrilled to
have a commissioner in the northeast part of the state.”
The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries supports OPRD
historic cemetery preservation efforts by offering training, educational
resources, coordination and grants. Its other members are Diane Elder of
Paisley, Lurene John of Lebanon, Robert Keeler of Portland, Mike Leamy
of Astoria, Dirk Siedlecki of Jacksonville, and Eirik Thorsgard of Grand
For more information about the commission and the historic cemeteries
program visit www.oregonheritage.org, email historic cemeteries program
coordinator Kuri Gill ( mailto:Kuri.Gill at state.or.us ) or call
Is the Cultural Trust on your gift list?
The Cultural Trust enriches the lives of all Oregonians by increasing
access to culture across the state, supporting programs that fuel our
economy, inspire our children, and make Oregon a great place to live,
work and play. These activities would not be possible without a unique
private-public partnership that allows a generous tax credit ($500 for
individuals, $1,000 for couples filing jointly, and $2,500 for
In the ten years between 2003 and 2013, the Trust provided 12.7 million
dollars in grant funding to Oregon’s 1,300 cultural groups, which helped
fuel the economy by attracting visitors and employing residents;
inspired over 500,000 young Oregonians through cultural programs; and
engaged people through outreach projects in communities across the
The Oregon Legislature recently reauthorized the Trust tax credit until
2020, enabling donors to give to any of Oregon’s cultural non-profits
and match that gift to the trust. Download information to help you
communicate about the trust ( http://www.culturaltrust.org/tool-kits ).
Remind donors they can double support for heritage by matching their
gift to your organization with a gift to the Trust – and claiming the
tax credit. Include Trust donor solicitation inserts with your
end-of-year fund raising materials – and don’t forget to add a Trust
bookmark in your thank you letters. 
The Trust grows when your organization grows. Spread the word (
http://www.culturaltrust.org/ )!
Parks film shows Oregon in the 1950s
A film made in 1957 and recently made available shows many of Oregon's
state parks in that year. Some of those places are no longer state
parks. Put together by the Travel Information Division of the old State
Highway Department, the film ( http://youtu.be/5kUKi5qacqE ) provides a
grand tour of Oregon culture and nature just before the state's
Hood River Museum kicks off “What if Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?”
The History Museum of Hood River will host “What If Heroes Were Not
Welcome Home?” from Jan. 2 – Feb. 26 at 300 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood
River (I-84 at exit 64). Curated by Linda Tamura and Marsha Matthews,
the exhibit will continue on tour at other locations through the Oregon
Historical Society.
During World War II, the community of Hood River, Oregon gained
national notoriety for discrediting Japanese American war heroes.
Japanese Americans born and raised in Hood River, served heroically with
the United States Armed Forces in the South Pacific and in Europe. At
the same time, many of their family members found themselves unjustly
incarcerated in concentration camps on American soil. When these
soldiers returned home to Oregon at the end of the war, the welcome they
received was anything but heroic. Residents removed the names of
Japanese American GIs from their community honor roll and proposed a
Constitutional amendment to deprive them of their citizenship.  In the
face of this overwhelming community sentiment, a small number of
selfless and courageous individuals stepped forward.  Facing a tide of
pressure and prejudice, they were subject to public censure themselves. 
Yet, these ordinary citizens demonstrated principles of justice and
The museum will hold a special “Heroes Unheralded” event at 2 p.m.,
Jan. 12 to recognize those who stepped forward on behalf of Japanese
Americans during those challenging times.  Linda Tamura, will share
stories from her book, “Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence” and present
history related to the “unheralded heroes.”
This exhibition uses first-hand accounts, photos, letters, and
historical documents to show how wartime events brought national
notoriety to the small community of Hood River. Visitors will have the
opportunity make meaningful connections between the past and present –
exploring the promise and reality of American democracy and equality. 
For further information email Connie Nice (
mailto:thehistorymuseum at hrecn.net ) or Linda Tamura (
mailto:ltamura at willamette.edu ); or call the History Museum at (541)
Third edition of Roth’s classic “Understanding Architecture” published
A significant new edition of architectural historian Leland Roth’s
“Understanding Architecture (
http://www.westviewpress.com/book.php?isbn=9780813349039 )” is due out
this month. The edition includes a quadrupling of color plates, new
black and white illustrations, and six new essays on each of the major
non-Western architectural traditions: Indian, Chinese, Japanese,
African, Islamic, and the architecture of the Americas. 
Roth is the Marion D. Ross Distinguished Professor of Architectural
History (emeritus) at the University of Oregon. Notably, for the first
time it adds a co-author Amanda Roth Clark, who has taught art history
at Gonzaga and Whitworth universities and is current interim associate
director of the Whitworth University library in Spokane.
The original edition of Understanding Architecture came out in 1993,
with the second edition published in 2006. 
Nominations open for America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places (
Do you know of an important site that could benefit from the national
spotlight that only the 11 Most program can deliver? The National Trust
for Historic Preservation’s office of Public Affairs is now accepting
nominations for the 2014 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic
Places. When evaluating a potential site for inclusion on the list, a
range of factors are considered, including its significance, whether a
local group is engaged in its preservation, the urgency of the threat
the site faces, and potential solutions to that threat. 
The deadline to submit nominations is March 3, 2014. If you have worked
with or heard about a threatened site that you think would make a good
11 Most listing, take action today and nominate the site (
). If you have questions call (202) 588-6141 or send an email (
mailto:11Most at savingplaces.org ). 
Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition seeks part time executive
The Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition is seeking a part time
executive director who is seasoned nonprofit manager with a personal
passion for heritage and history. Executive leadership experience is
essential. The successful candidate will possess exceptional
communication skills to build effective relations with the public and a
large, diverse board of directors. For a complete job description and
application information, visit Willamette Falls Heritage Area (
http://wfheritage.org/ ) online.
Celebrate, Recreate, Invigorate at the Hub of Heritage and Recreation!
Mark your calendar for the Oregon Heritage Conference April 23-25, 2014
. . . Registration opens in early 2014.
Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department,
provides technical support and services to people and organizations
documenting, preserving, interpreting and sharing Oregon's heritage.
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