[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2014-08-07

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Thu Aug 7 11:55:20 PDT 2014

In this Issue
1. Historic Cemetery 101 workshop scheduled August 27 in Florence
2. 99W Drive In, Linkville Pioneer Cemetery, latest National Register listings
3. “Collaborating with Oregon Tribes” workshop set at Grand Ronde, Sept. 15
4. Oregon Humanities publishes 2014 – 2015 Conversation Project catalog
5. National Park Serve set to award maritime history related grants
6. WESTPAS to offer sessions on protecting cultural collections from disaster
7. Journal issues call for historic preservation and planning papers
8. Travel Oregon awards local tourism grants
9. Oregon Historical Society seeks Museum Director


The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will offer a Historic Cemetery 101 workshop from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Aug. 27 the Siuslaw Public Library at 1460 9th St., in Florence. The event is free and open to the public.

This workshop will touch on the basics of historic cemetery care. Attendees will learn about historic marker and feature treatment, receive documentation tips, legal information, organizational ideas, information about general burial location methods, and some operational information.

State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn about the workshop or to get more information on historic cemeteries visit www.oregonheritage.org<http://www.oregonheritage.org/>, email Kuri Gill<mailto:Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov> at call her at (503) 986-0685.


The 99W Drive-In Theatre in Newberg and the Linkville Pioneer Cemetery in Klamath Falls are among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Constructed in 1953, the 99W Drive-In Theatre opened July 31 the same year. Its first screening was a double feature of “Sea Devils” with Rock Hudson and Yvonne DiCarlo and “Below the Sahara,” the photographic record of an African expedition produced by Armand and Michaela Denis. Constructed by Ted Francis, and continuously operated by the Francis family, the Drive-In is one of three still operating in Oregon. Brian Francis, who now operates it, is the third-generation of his family to run the Drive-In.

New Jersey holds the honor of the first developed drive-in, constructed in 1933. After World War II, outdoor drive-ins became increasingly popular, particularly for family entertainment. In Oregon, the number of drive-ins grew from three in 1948 to 69 in 1959. In the 1970s, the popularity of the drive-in declined with the rise of the multi-plex. To compete, the Francis family built the Twin Cinemas on the grounds, which is still in operation today. The Drive-ins’ recent resurgence in popularity – coupled with a new digital projector (one of ten in the country, won in the contest “Project Drive-In,”) – assures its on-going operation.

The Linkville Pioneer Cemetery moved from downtown to its present location in 1885, making way for the establishment of what became the Ankeny Canal. In 1931, the citizens of Klamath Falls renovated the cemetery, improving its appearance. The formal stone entries, wire fencing, and most of the trees seen at the cemetery today are part of this 1931 design. The history embodied in the cemetery’s markers includes the range of late 1800s and early 1900s Klamath Falls area wars; the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II at the Tule Lake Segregation Center (commemorated by several graves); and three graves of the victims of a Japanese balloon bomb, also associated with World War II. Today the cemetery still maintains its panoramic views of the city, despite the residential development that surrounds it.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended both nominations at their February 2014 meeting. The Drive-In is one of eleven historic properties in Newberg now listed in the National Register; and Linkville Cemetery is among twenty-two historic property listings in Klamath Falls. The National Park Service maintains the National Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. For further information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings, visit the Oregon Heritage website<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/Pages/index.aspx>.


A workshop for museum professionals, hosted by the Oregon Museums Association and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, is set to take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sept. 15 at Chachalu: Tribal Museum and Cultural Center, in Grand Ronde. The registration deadline is Sept. 7.

Workshop attendees will learn how to approach Tribes for collaboration in museum programming and exhibits; the history of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde; and tips on caring for Native collections. They will also get a tour the Museum and Cultural Center’s new collections storage space.

To register, visit the Oregon Museums Association online<http://www.oregonmuseums.org/OMA-Workshops>. For further information, or to request a registration form, email oregonmuseums at gmail.com<mailto:oregonmuseums at gmail.com>.


Oregon Humanities recently published its 2014-15 Conversation Project catalog, featuring 33 programs covering topics such as surveillance, agriculture, disability, education, guns, and sports. The deadline for applying to be a Conversation Project host organization is Sept. 30 for programs taking place between November 2014 and February 2015.

The Conversation Project offers Oregon nonprofit and community organizations low-cost, humanities-based public discussion programs about provocative issues and ideas. Led by trained conversation facilitators who connect the subject to participants’ experiences and to the local community, discussions last 60 to 90 minutes and challenge participants to think in new ways without advocating a particular perspective.

Through conversations we develop practices that help us trust one another and make real strides in building just communities. We learn to see and understand the world from the perspectives of others and develop the communication skills required to solve deep problems. Oregon Humanities developed the Conversation Project in support of these practices and because conversation is a powerful medium to invite diverse perspectives, explore challenging questions, and strive for just communities.

Hosting a Conversation Projects can help non-profits and community groups meet their educational and community-based missions. To read the full catalog, download an application to host a Conversation Project and watch video introduction to each program, visit Oregon Humanities online<http://oregonhumanities.org/programs/conversation-project/>. For questions and additional information, email Annie Kaffen<mailto:a.kaffen at oregonhumanities.org> or call (503) 241-0543 or (800) 735-0543, ext. 116.


The National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, is offering grant funding through its Maritime Heritage Program<http://www.nps.gov/maritime/index.htm> for projects that teach about and / or preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history. Details of the grant program, including the application process, are available online at http://go.nps.gov/14n1n8; the grant application deadline is Sept. 23.

The grants are available to state, tribal, and local governments, as well as private non-profit organizations for both education and preservation projects.  Education projects include school curriculum, interpretive programs and web pages; and preservation projects include the restoration of ships and other maritime resources.

Administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the Maritime Administration, the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program receives funding revenue from the scrapping of vessels from the Maritime Administration’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. Purchasing the ships for recycling produces revenue that provides assistance for a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects without expending tax dollars, while using the metal in the purchased vessels to build new ships.

Support for applying and additional information can be found at the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, contact Kuri Gill for information at Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov<mailto:Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov> or 503-986-0685.


Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) is offering online webinars on disaster prevention and preparedness, and an in-person workshop on disaster response and recovery, which will take place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oct. 15 at the Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Dr., Yakima, Wash.  Participating in the workshop requires viewing two archived webinars BEFORE attending the in-person workshop and completing the workshop assignments. Exceptions will require instructor permission. Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions should plan to attend in pairs to work together on assignments.

Gary Menges, Librarian Emeritus, University of Washington, will serve as the in-person workshop instructor. Attendees who view the webinars and attend the workshop will complete a disaster response and collection salvage plan; learn how to train staff to implement a plan effectively and set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for their collections. They will also leave the workshop with an understanding about practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency and experience in salvaging procedures for books, documents, photos and objects.

WESTPAS has scheduled the webinar sessions and the in-person workshop to enable participants to prepare short assignments between sessions, resulting in a completed disaster plan. WESTPAS will also invite participating institutions to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in their regions.

To register, visit http://westpas.org/courses.html#protecting. For registration assistance email Alexandra Gingerich<mailto:gingerich at plsinfo.org>; for general and content information, email Gary Menges<mailto:menges at uw.edu>.


The “Journal of American Planning Association (JAPA) invites researchers to submit webstracts of potential articles for inclusion in a special issue on the synergies and tensions between historic preservation and planning. JAPA will publish accepted papers in the late 2016 issue. The submission deadline is Sept. 30. Interested authors should submit their papers via email to Jennifer Minner<mailto:j.minner at cornell.edu> and Michael Holleran<mailto:holeran at utexas.edu>.

Submissions should not exceed 450 words and should follow the style guidelines at www.informaworld.com/japa<http://www.informaworld.com/japa>. JAPA will inform authors of their acceptance by Oct. 15, and invite them to submit full papers by Jan. 31, 2015. The final submissions will receive a JAPA double-blind peer review. For further information, visit the JAPA website<http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/japa-call-for-papers-2014>.


Preserving cultural heritage got a boost from grant funds awarded by the Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon) recently. Through its biennial Matching Grants Program, Travel Oregon helps advance tourism-development projects across the state that improve local economies and communities by enhancing, expanding and promoting Oregon’s travel and tourism industry.

Included among the grant recipients this year is University of Oregon’s Community Service Center. The Center will assess the current condition of all historic theaters in Oregon with the goal of generating strategies related to the preservation, promotion and successful operation of historic theaters in Oregon communities.


Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is seeking a Museum Director who will develop innovative, historically relevant exhibits and educationally entertaining programming; oversee collection conservation growth and management; shape education initiatives and collaborate with museum development efforts to advance the mission and vision of OHS. The Museum Director will work closely with the Executive Director and with senior managers to develop strategies to meet the high standards and strategic goals of the OHS.

Qualified applicants must possess a master’s degree in museum or cultural studies; seven to ten years strategic leadership experience in a museum setting generating revenue, growing museum audiences and support, and maintaining strong community relationships. Successful candidates will also possess curatorial experience in a museum; a broad depth of knowledge in history, preferably in Oregon history; historical interpretation; object handling according to museum standards; and in developing, implementing and managing exhibits and exhibit development within a non-profit. Experience with digitization and using content technology, such as Argus, preferred.

For further details about the position and the application requirements, visit the Oregon Historical Society online<http://ohs.org/about-ohs/employment/index.cfm>. <http://ohs.org/about-ohs/employment/index.cfm.>


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