[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2013-11-22

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Fri Nov 22 09:11:27 PST 2013

In this Issue:
1. Petersen Rock Garden listed in National Register of Historic Places
2. Culture Field Guide drives visitors to heritage sites
3. OHSU History of Medicine Society sets 1918 influenza lecture
Petersen Rock Garden in eastern Oregon is among Oregon’s latest entries
in the National Register of Historic Places.
Danish immigrant Rasmus Christian Petersen designed and constructed the
garden between the time of his retirement from farming during the winter
of 1935 until his death in 1952.  Located in rural Deschutes County
between the cities of Redmond and Bend, Petersen opened his Rock Garden
to the public from the beginning, with only a suggested donation.  A
reported 200,000 people visited the popular site during the year of
Peterson’s death.
Petersen constructed the garden features from volcanic and river rock
and semi-precious stones that he collected from around the region and
the country, which he assembled into sculptures and vignettes that
expressed his personal visions and views, such as his Statue of Liberty,
as well as fanciful buildings and narratives.  He also built a museum on
the site to showcase the more interesting stones in his collection,
including his collection of fluorescent minerals.  Petersen developed
the rock garden on his original homestead, which he settled in 1906. 
Today the property is about twelve acres in size, with the gardens
occupying approximately four acres, which also include ponds and other
water features, Petersen’s own Craftsman bungalow, his workshop where he
constructed the features, the museum, a restaurant from the 1950s, and
landscape features.  Petersen Rock Garden is owned and operated by a
descendent of the family, and is still open to the public.  
Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended
the site’s nomination in their February 2013 meeting.  It is a unique
property in Deschutes County and the State of Oregon.  Petersen Rock
Garden is one of 38 individual properties and historic districts in
Deschutes County that are now listed in the National Register, which is
maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the
National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
Visit the Oregon Heritage website for further information about the
National Register and recent Oregon lists (
The Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT) operates the Oregon Culture Field Guide
website to encourage people to become involved with culture in Oregon.
The website offers the opportunity for people to build "life lists"
(i.e. bucket lists) for Oregon cultural sites and activities. People
build their life lists from the information they can view on the
website. Does your organization have a presence on the website? 
There are more than 1,300 arts, heritage, or humanities nonprofit
organizations in Oregon. The OCT reviews site nominations annually that
include of a selection of the best and most beloved heritage, activities
in Oregon, appropriate for kids as well as adults, indoors and out, in
all regions of the state. To learn more about getting your site and
activities included, visit the Oregon Culture Field Guide (
http://oregonculturefieldguide.org/ ) online – and encourage your
members and visitors to nominate your organization!
The OHSU Department of Pathology will sponsor a History of Medicine
Society lecture focusing on the 1918 influenza pandemic at 12:15 p.m.,
Dec. 4 at the OHSU Old Library Auditorium, Portland. 
Nancy K. Bristow, Ph.D., will present “I worked day and night trying to
save them: Health Care Professionals and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic”.
Bristow is a Distinguished Professor of History at the University of
Puget Sound, which has recognized her teaching and professional service
with numerous awards. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from
University of California, Berkeley. Her interest in social change and
World War I led to her research on the cultural and social history of
the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic. The Oxford University Press published
her second book, “American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918
Influenza Pandemic” in May 2012. It received praise for its vivid
narrative and new scholarly contributions to the topic. Professor
Bristow has also published two scholarly articles on the pandemic, and
presented her research at several conferences and symposia. She is a
member of the Organization of American Historians and the Southern
Historical Association.
If you have a disability and need an accommodation to attend or
participate in this lecture, call Maija Anderson at (503) 418-2287 at
least five business days prior to the event.
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