[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2014-04-03

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Thu Apr 3 08:03:38 PDT 2014

In this Issue:
1. Museum Grants available for projects beginning this summer
2. May is Preservation Month and a great time for disaster preparedness
3. Willamette Heritage Center seeking exhibit participants


Museums that want to undertake projects related to heritage tourism, heritage collections or heritage education and interpretation have until April 30 to submit funding proposals for an Oregon Museum Grant. Oregon Heritage encourages ¨C and will consider ¨C grant proposals from museums of all sizes and purposes.

¡°A dollar match for funds requested is not required, although museums are encouraged to seek additional local funding,¡± says Kuri Gill, heritage grants and outreach for Oregon Heritage. ¡°Local support allows the program to assist more museums and fosters local support. Matches can be in the form of cash, in©\kind donations, volunteer time or another grant, such as one from the Oregon Cultural Trust.¡±

For more information about available grants, visit the Oregon Heritage Museum Grant Program<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx#Museum_Grant_Program> online.

Gill will be available to answer questions about museum grant projects at the joint Conversations with Funders Workshops sponsored by the partners of the Oregon Cultural Trust. The workshops are April 9 in Bend, April 10 in Burns, April 15 in The Dalles and Echo, and April 16 in LaGrande. Gill is also available by phone at (503) 986-0685.


This year, libraries, museums, archives, historical societies and preservation organizations will participate in MayDay, a national effort to prepare for disasters. Promoted by AASLH, Heritage Preservation and other members of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, MayDay<http://www.heritagepreservation.org/mayday/index.html> encourages cultural organizations to set aside May 1 for taking one simple step to protect the collections they hold in trust.

In celebration of MayDay, the Connecting to Collections Online Community<http://www.connectingtocollections.org/> will host a webinar focused on utilizing the ¡°supercharged¡± Incident Command System at your cultural organization. Whether you are preparing for fires and floods¡ªor planning a major public event¡ªthe Incident Command System is a proven management tool that safeguards lives, property, and priceless collections. Simply click on the green ¡°Access Meeting Room¡± button on the right-hand side of the home page. Once there, enter your name and location and click enter. The webpage will redirect you to the webinar.

Disaster preparedness is not difficult. If you have a disaster plan, dust it off and bring it up to date. If you don't have a plan, make a timeline for developing one. Other ideas include getting to know your local firefighters and police. Invite them to tour your institution; ask them for pointers on safety and preparedness. You might also conduct a building evacuation drill and evaluate the results. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force<http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/TASKFER.HTM> has many resources available to get you started:

Help is also available closer to home from your Oregon Heritage MentorCorps<http://mindyourcollections.org/>! Email<mailto:heritage.mentorcorps at oregon.gov> your name, the name of your organization, and a brief description of the type of help you are seeking ¨C or call (503) 986-0670.


The Willamette Heritage Center (WHC) is accepting exhibit proposals from heritage organizations around the Mid-Valley for the fifth Annual Heritage Invitational. The theme/draft title for the 2015 Winter Exhibition is ¡°Made in the Valley¡±. Participant exhibits will explore themes of manufacture and production in Polk, Marion, Linn and Yamhill Counties. The exhibit will run Jan. 15 ¨C March 14, 2015.

The Heritage Invitational fosters community-based exhibition processes and projects, encourages broad-based participation in the development of several exhibitions and programs and provides a venue for heritage groups and organizations to share their message to a wider audience. For information about the first four (2011 -2014) Invitational exhibits, visit the WHC website<http://www.willametteheritage.org/past_exhibits.html>.

The Invitational is limited to 20 exhibit spaces that will feature organizations from Polk, Marion, Linn and Yamhill Counties. Those interested in participating should submit a brief exhibit proposal (no more than two pages) that includes the following: exhibit topic; its significant to your organization or community and what visitors will potentially see, hear, read and experience in your exhibit space. Include the primary goal(s) of your exhibit, describe what visitors will take away after viewing it, provide a few (no more than four) sample images you might use as illustrations and a list of three objects under consideration for display in conjunction with the 2015 theme.

A committee made up of the Center¡¯s senior staff and two representatives from outside organizations will make final decisions on participants. The deadline to submit exhibit proposals is May 30.  Email proposals to Kylie Pine<mailto:kyliep at willametteheritage.org> or mail them to ATTN: 2015 Exhibit Proposals/Kylie Pine, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR 97301.


Don¡¯t miss out! Register for the Oregon Heritage Conference April 23-25, 2014<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx> today!

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 Exchange<http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/> and follow us on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/OregonHeritage>.

Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission. Do you have an issue or item you would like to share? Email us<mailto:heritage.info at oregon.gov>.
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