[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2013-02-14

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Feb 14 08:50:04 PST 2013

In this Issue:
1. Exchange features 28 days of training, collaborative efforts
2. National Register lists Roseburg Veterans Administration Hospital
3. Celebrating 100 years of Oregon’s public shore
4. Northwest Archivists offers career development scholarships 
5. Willamette Valley Voices calls for papers
6. Pittock Mansion seeks museum education specialist
Just in time for Oregon Statehood Day, Oregonians with a passion for
heritage are about to get a gift. Oregon Heritage will conduct 28 days
of training related to collections care and disaster preparedness in all
regions of the state this year. Hundreds of Oregonians and dozens of
organizations will benefit from the free training, thanks to a
Connecting to Collections grant from the federal Institute of Museum and
Library Services. Learn more about this wonderful opportunity on Oregon
Heritage Exchange ( http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/ ).
Also on Exchange, learn how collaborative efforts build strong
partnerships – and how one community – Cottage Grove –preserved the
character of its community through collaboration.  Read Lloyd Williams’
discussion and learn how these efforts earned Cottage Grove recognition
as an All Star Heritage Community.  Are you aware of a
heritage-related-collaborative-effort in your community? Join the
discussion and the results! Visit Oregon Heritage Exchange (
http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/ ).
Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare System’s Roseburg Campus,
registered as “The Roseburg Veterans Administration Hospital,” is
Oregon’s latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places.
Opened in 1933, the facility was the third and largest hospital
constructed to serve veterans in Roseburg, but the only campus
constructed by the VA. Led by the American Legion and Chamber of
Commerce, residents successfully lobbied the US Government to locate a
hospital just north of the 1912 Oregon State Old Soldier’s Home.
Designed as a general medical hospital and later redesigned as a
neuropsychiatric facility, the residential campus offered quality care
to thousands of Oregon and northern California veterans of both World
Wars. Treatment focused on occupational therapy, including agricultural
activities such as raising animals and vegetables for use by the
hospital kitchen. One of three hospitals of this type in the nation, the
twenty-four historic buildings and structures are constructed in the
Classical Revival Style, meant to convey the dignity of national
service, and are arranged around a central flag pole and parade ground.
The US Veterans Administration sponsored the nomination of the Roseburg
Veterans Administration Hospital Historic District as part of a national
effort to recognize the history of the agency. Oregon’s State Advisory
Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the District’s nomination
in October 2012. It joins eighteen Roseburg properties now listed in the
National Register, including the Oregon State Old Soldiers Home and the
Roseburg Downtown, Laurelwood, and Mill-Pine historic districts.
Maintained by the National Park Service, the Register falls under the
authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Visit
www.oregonheritage.org to learn more about recent Oregon listings (
) and the National Register (
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/Pages/index.aspx ).
In 1913, the future of Oregon’s Pacific shore was as cloudy as the
weather, with nearly 25 miles of beachfront property on the north coast
owned by private interests. Yet, people depended upon the beaches to
travel the rugged headlands. Governor Oswald West, a staunch defender of
public land ownership, drafted a bill to address the issue and put it
forth during the 27th session of the Oregon legislative assembly.
February 13 marked 100 years since the legislature enacted Senate Bill
22 – sometimes called the Open Beaches Act – creating a unique part of
Oregon’s heritage. In recognition of his commitment to preserving
Oregon’s shore for public use, Short Sand Beach became Oswald West
State Park in 1958. Oregon State Parks will join coastal associations
and other groups to commemorate the “beach centennial” this year, and
will announce events in the Go Guide (
http://oregonstateparks.wordpress.com/ ). For additional history about
Oregon’s beaches, visit the Oregon Blue Book (
http://www.bluebook.state.or.us/facts/scenic/beach/beachhome.htm )
The Northwest Archivists (NWA) is accepting applications for At Large
Student (
http://northwestarchivistsinc.wildapricot.org/studentscholarship ) and
Professional Development (
http://northwestarchivistsinc.wildapricot.org/profdevscholarship )
scholarships. One student and one archivist will receive an award for
career development. The application deadline is March 1. For the
scholarship descriptions and application materials, visit the NWA
website ( http://northwestarchivistsinc.wildapricot.org/ ). For
additional information, contact Anne Levant Prahl at (503) 226-3600 or
curator at ojm.org. 
The Willamette Heritage Center is inviting manuscript submissions for
the summer edition of “Willamette Valley Voices: Connecting
Generations”, scheduled for publication in August. The issue’s
theme is “waterways.” Examples of history/heritage topics related to
waterways include flooding events, environmental issues and reactions,
water-powered industry, fisheries, dam construction, boats and boating,
transportation, recreation, irrigation (man-made extensions or
manipulations of water), water management/drought, or water-related
attractions and tourism.
Articles should be both scholarly and understandable to a broad
readership, and based on original research of a documentary, analytical
or interpretive nature. The deadline for receiving abstracts with a
maximum of 200 words is March 17. If accepted for publication, final
papers are due May 25, and should run between 4,000 and 10,000 words,
including Chicago Style footnotes. All articles must be an original work
and not previously published.
The publication’s mission is to provide a showcase for scholarly
writing pertaining to history and heritage in the Mid-Valley. Its
purpose is to promote historical scholarship focused on the communities
of the area. Annually, the Willamette Heritage Center offers two awards
for the best graduate student contributions to “Willamette Valley
Voices.” To qualify, authors must be enrolled graduate students at the
time they submit their article. Contact Keni Sturgeon at (503) 585-7012,
ext. 257, kenis at willametteheritage.org or 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem, OR
97301 to submit an abstract or for further information about the
submission process. For more information about the Willamette Heritage
Center, please visit the Center’s website at www.willametteheritage.org.

 Pittock Mansion, in Portland, is seeking a part time museum education
specialist to support the Curator and Programs Manager in the
development and planning of educational programs and tours for student,
adults and other visiting groups. Other duties include supporting the
volunteer program, and staffing evening and weekend programs as needed.
Qualification requirements include a bachelor’s degree in museum
studies, history, education, or related field required (a master’s
degree is preferred); and one – three years’ experience in museum
education or interpretation. Volunteer program experience is also
preferred. Visit the Pittock Mansion ( http://www.pittockmansion.org/ )
website to read the full job description (
http://pittockmansion.org/recent-news/ ): To apply, email a resume and
cover letter no later than March 4 to jobs at pittockmansion.org.


Mark your calendar for the 2013 Heritage Conference to take place in
Portland May 9 and 10!

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