[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2013-09-05

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Thu Sep 5 08:22:29 PDT 2013

In this Issue:
1. Exchange features Oregon heritage barns
2. Historic Highway Advisory Committee to meet in Hood River Sept. 24
3. Conservation experts to offer “Road Show for Care” advice Sept. 21
4. State Archives to offer digital preservation workshops in October
5. Folklife Network to conduct survey in Southern Oregon
6. ShakeOut offers planning and preparedness opportunity for next big
7. Landscape preservation courses set for October
8. Patrick Harris receives OCTA “Distinguished Service” award
Barns symbolize our rural heritage and help tell the story of our
unique agricultural history.  Their rapid disappearance within Oregon’s
landscape unravels our ability to communicate this narrative to future
generations. Learn about the recent activity inaugurated by Restore
Oregon on Heritage Exchange (
The Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee will meet from
10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sept. 24 at the Hood River County Commissioners
Boardroom, 601 State St., Hood River. Meeting highlights will include an
update on engineering for the next phase of the Historic Highway State
Trail between Wyeth and Starvation Creek, a presentation on the Oregon
Parks and Recreation Department's Gorge Comprehensive Plan and a recap
of the dedication ceremony for the newly constructed JB Yeon to Moffett
State Trail. To view a meeting agenda visit the Historic Columbia River
Highway (
) online email Kristen Stallman (
mailto:kristen.stallman at odot.state.or.us ).
Katie and Mitchell Powell of MPF Conservation will present their
experiences and advice on antiques and family treasures beginning at 10
a.m., Sept. 21 in the Gordon House living room, 869 W. Main St.,

Bring treasured items for a care evaluation and recommendation. An
afternoon presentation and discussion will cover care of small,
upholstered items, wooden objects and antiques, samplers and quilts,
beaded and needlepoint pieces.  Visit the Gordon House (
http://www.thegordonhouse.org/events.html ) online for further
In celebration of National Archives Month, the Oregon State Archives is
offering three, two-hour workshops on basic digital preservation, on
Thursdays beginning Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. until noon at the State
Archives, 800 Summer St. NE, Salem. 

The first workshop, “Identify and Select” (Oct. 3) will basic steps and
techniques for identifying digital content and will provide instruction
on creating a digital content inventory. It will also include
instruction on how to select digital content for preservation by
considering its future use, storage and review. We will also cover how
to establish standards for selecting the content you or your
organization needs to preserve. 

“Store and Protect” will take place Oct. 10. This workshop will address
digital content storage and will cover file types and storage devices
recommended for long-term storage of digital content. It will also
address the use of cloud storage versus local storage in the long-term
preservation and accessibility of digital content. This workshop will
provide instruction on protecting digital content from problems such as
corruption, obsolescence, inappropriate access and disasters. 

The final workshop, “Manage / Provide”, will take place Oct. 31. It
will cover the basics of protecting, managing and providing access to
digital content selected for long-term preservation. The workshop will
discuss basic risk management techniques such as creating a written
preservation policy and assessing needed resources for managing digital
content. Archives staff will instruct attendees on how to make digital
content available over time given individual and organizational
policies, technologies and the needs of the end users. 

Austin Schulz will conduct the workshops, which are open to the public.
To register, send an email to reference.archives at state.or.us with
“Digital Preservation Workshop” in the subject line. If you wish to
register by phone, call Austin Schulz at (503) 378-5161.
The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) is conducting folklife field surveys
and documentation of traditions in the southern Oregon counties.
Folklorists LuAnne Kozma and Douglas Manger will conduct the fieldwork.
Kozma will be in Lake and Klamath counties starting at the end of
October while Manger will begin contacting individuals in Harney and
Malheur during November.
OFN wishes to document a variety of culture keepers from different
ethnic and regional groups (Basque, Japanese, Croatian, Irish, Mexican,
Klamath, Norwegian, Chinese, etc.) as well as farm and waterways
traditions, ranching, foodways, old time music, quilting and
auctioneering. Other areas of focus include music making, storytelling,
saddle making, fly tying, chain saw carving, trapping, taxidermy and
basket making. Subjects not previously documented are of particular
OFN will feature the discoveries in future Arts in the Parks and
library programs, local festivals and through the folk artist roster. To
provide OFN with contact information for tradition keepers, email Riki
Saltzman ( mailto:riki at uoregon.edu ) or Emily West Afanador (
mailto:eafanado at uoregon.edu ), or phone (541) 346-3820.
Are you prepared to survive an earthquake and recover quickly? Plan to
attend "Drop, Cover and Hold On (
)" and practice how to be safer during big earthquakes on Oct. 17.  
We could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes – at home, at work, at
school or even on vacation. What we do now will determine our quality of
life after our next big earthquake. Organized (
http://www.shakeout.org/oregon/histor ) to encourage communities,
schools and organizations, including museums and other heritage related
institutions ( http://www.shakeout.org/oregon/howtoparticipate ), the
ShakeOut program will assist in reviewing and updating emergency
preparedness plans and supplies, and updating secure spaces to prevent
damage and injuries.
For further information, visit http://shakeout.org/oregon. 
The National Preservation Institute (NPI) is offering introductory and
advanced seminars in October. Founded to educate those involved in the
management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage, the
2013-2014 seminar schedule includes Landscape Preservation: An
Introduction, Oct. 2 – 3; and Landscape Preservation: Advanced Tools for
Managing Change, Oct. 4. Both seminars will take place in Portland. NPT
has extended advanced registration through Sept. 6. To review an agenda
for either seminar, visit www.npi.org. For questions email info at npi.org
or call (703) 765-0100.
The Oregon California Trail Association (OCTA) honored Patrick Harris,
Curator of the Old Aurora Colony Museum in Aurora, with a “Distinguished
Service” award at its 31st Annual conference in Clackamas recently.  
OCTA is the nation's largest and most influential organization
dedicated to the preservation and protection of overland emigrant trails
and the emigrant experience. Based in Independence Missouri, the group
conducts annual conferences in the states linked by the historic Oregon
Mr. Harris received the honor for his 30 plus years of leading efforts
to preserve the unique history of the Old Aurora Colony, the first
Christian communal society established in the West in 1856 by German
immigrants and first generation Americans. He has also been influential
in helping to identify, document and preserve the artifacts, memorabilia
and hundreds of family histories related to Oregon City and the French
Prairie of the North Willamette Valley. OCTA President, John Krizek
presented the “Distinguished Service” award at the conference awards
dinner on July 23. 
Harris developed his life-long passion for the Old Aurora Colony while
serving as a Portland State University graduate school intern in the
1970s. After receiving his master’s degree, he served as Old Aurora
Colony Museum Director from 1983 to 1996. From 1997 to 2006, he was
Executive Director of the Museum of the Oregon Territory. In 2006, he
returned to the Old Aurora Colony Museum as its curator. In the last
seven years, Harris has expanded the museum collection, created an
outreach program and expanded database for descendants of the original
Colony Families, recruited a much-needed assistant curator, brought
grant dollars to exhibits and educational programs, including the highly
successful living history program for 4th grade students at the historic
Stauffer-Will Farm.  His primary focus continues to be the development
of family history files to encourage greater appreciation for family
history while also increasing knowledge of family roles in larger
historical trends. Exhibits such as the current “Festival of Blue” help
to illustrate these successful efforts as well as the continued requests
by scholars to use the Museum research library. 
Visit the Old Aurora Colony Museum website (
http://www.auroracolony.org/ ) or the Oregon California Trail
Association ( http://www.octa.org/ ) for further information.
There are still spaces available for the Fall workshops on collections
care and disaster response and recovery at multiple locations around the
state!  The workshops are open to volunteers and staff of libraries,
archives, and museums, as well as anyone interested in preserving
historic items. To register and learn more about locations, dates and
time details, visit Oregon Heritage (
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/C2C.aspx ).
Are you looking for tips or resources on heritage tourism? Do you need
information on planning, organizing, and successful completion of
heritage and preservation-related projects? For help on these and other
topics, visit Oregon Heritage’s Technical Assistance (
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/TECH/pages/index.aspx ) page.
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.
Keep up with the latest heritage issues and trends at Oregon Heritage
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