[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2013-03-07

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Mar 7 07:47:31 PST 2013

In this Issue:
1. Silverton’s Magnus and Emma Ek House listed in National Register
2. Folklife Network offers traditional arts apprenticeships
3. Textile workshop set for April 4 at Camp Withycombe, Clackamas
4. Videography workshop to take place in Portland  June 1
5. Preservation Assistance Grants available to small institutions
6. Local history, resources subject of Troutdale talk, March 26
The Magnus and Emma Ek House in Silverton is Oregon’s latest entry in
the National Register of Historic Places. Built by Magnus Ek, the
prominent two-and-a-half story residence serves as a local example of
the Queen Anne style. A Swedish immigrant, Ek began his career as a
carpenter, cabinetmaker, and millwright when he was 15, and immigrated
to the United States in 1882 to pursue his ambitions. In 1885 Ek
traveled to the West Coast, setting up a steam-powered sawmill near
Silverton during a period of economic prosperity spurred by the booming
timber industry. In 1890, he married his business partner’s daughter,
Emma Johnson and the couple constructed their home. Recognizing the
quality of the Ek House, “Home Seekers’ Guide” featured it as one of
three homes in its publication that year, with the intention of drawing
potential residents and businesses to Silverton. Prominently located on
a road leading into town, the home was a showpiece of Ek’s professional
skills and the products available at his near-by mill. In 1901, the Ek
family moved to Corvallis to pursue other business interests.
Today, the building features varied siding, including fish-scale
shingle, wood board, and vertical and horizontal bands; a two-story bay
window; decorative spindle work; grand wrap-around porch (added later),
and a richly decorated interior. Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on
Historic Preservation recommended the building’s nomination in October
2012. The National Register now lists ten individual properties and the
Silverton Downtown Historic District. Learn more about the National
Register and recent Oregon listings by visiting www.oregonheritage.org
(click on “National Register” at left of page). 
The Oregon Folklife Network is accepting application for the
Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP). This program recognizes
the knowledge and skills of excellent folk and traditional artists, and
facilitates the transmission and preservation of traditional art forms
between mentors and apprentices. Folk and traditional arts express a
community's heritage and cultural aesthetics. Communities may include
ethnic, tribal, occupational, regional, and religious groups.
Individuals usually learn their culture's traditional arts over time, in
face-to face situations, and by observation and imitation.
A diverse panel of culture, heritage, and folk arts specialists will
review applications based on the Traditional and artistic merit of the
mentoring artist; significance of the art form to the community; extent
of apprentice’s prior experience with the traditional art form; and
extent of apprentice’s commitment to continuing the traditional art
form. They will also consider evidence that mentor and apprentice share
membership in the same cultural community where the folk art form
originates; feasibility, clarity, and effectiveness of the
apprenticeship plan; and feasibility of the culminating public
presentation, when appropriate.
Download the TAAP application (
http://ofn.uoregon.edu/files/2011/07/2013TAAP_AppFillable.pdf ) and
submit it no later than April 1 at 4:30 p.m. For additional information,
visit http://ofn.uoregon.edu. 
Proper textile preservation is not complicated or expensive. Learn
about techniques during a textile workshop, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., April
4, at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Camp Withycombe, 15300 SE
Industrial Way, Clackamas. Sponsored by the Registrars Committee –
Western Region with support from the Oregon Museums Association (OMA),
the workshop will provide information to those with some objects
handling experience and those who wish to brush up on their skills and
come away with a deeper knowledge of textile preventative care. The
registration deadline is March 18.
Presenters Kathleen Daly, Oregon Military Museum; Nicole Nathan, Museum
of Contemporary Craft; and Heather Bouchey, Portland Art Museum, will
touch on fiber composition and structure, and discuss textile
characteristics and different care methods. By the end of this workshop,
attendees will understand how to create an effective condition report,
photograph and prepare textiles properly for storage – including
rolling. The workshop will include hands on activity in padded hanger
construction and creating a practice box for textile storage.
Visit the OMA website for registration and other information (
http://www.oregonmuseums.org/files/WorkshopFlyerandRegistration.pdf ).
Contact Mike Guarino at (503) 705-7156 or by email (
mailto:mguarino at gmail.com ) with questions. 
The Northwest Oral History Association will present a basic videography
workshop from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 1 at 5520 N.E. Glisan in Portland.
Led by Matt Simek, the workshop will provide pointers for choosing
equipment and locations. Simek will also discuss interview skills,
techniques for filming interview subjects; and a discussion on
processing, transcribing and editing the raw interview into a cohesive
story. For information about registration, email Josephine Cooper (
mailto:josey.cooper at gmail.com ).  
The National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications
for Preservation Assistance Grants. The grant program provides
assistance to small and mid-sized institutions – such as historical
societies, museums, archival repositories and cultural organizations –
for improving the preservation and care of their collections. These may
include special collections of books and journals, archives and
manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings,
architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects,
textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture,
historical objects, and digital materials. The closing date for
applications is May 1. 
Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation
skills and experience relate to the types of collections and the nature
of the activities that are the focus of their projects. Small and
mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are
especially encouraged to apply. Smaller institutions can access
preservation assistance through Preservation Assistance Grants for
Smaller Institutions (
). Email preservation at neh.gov or call (202) 606-8570 with questions.
The Oregon Encyclopedia, an on-line resource of Oregon history and
culture, will present "East County History Forum: A Panel Discussion
about Local History and Resources” at 6:30 p.m., March 26 at McMenamins
Edgefield Power Station Theater, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Part of
OE’s History Night series, the talk will include a panel of local
historians and experts discussing the history of the
Troutdale-Corbett-Columbia River Gorge area of east Multnomah County. 
Presenters Chuck Rollins, Crown Point Country Historical Society; Len
Otto, Troutdale Historical Society; and Terry Baxter, Multnomah County
Archives and Records will also provide information about the records
held by their organizations that tell about the places, events,
industries, and the diversity of people who have called East County and
the Columbia River Gorge their home. For further information, visit

Mark your calendar for the 2013 Heritage Conference (
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx ) to take place
in Portland May 9 and 10!

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part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, provides technical
support ( http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/TECH/pages/index.aspx ) and
services ( http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/PROGRAMS/Pages/index.aspx ) to
people and organizations documenting, preserving, interpreting and
sharing Oregon's heritage. Keep up with the latest issues and trends by
following the Oregon Heritage Exchange (
http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/ ) blog.

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