[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2014-12-04

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Thu Dec 4 08:59:41 PST 2014

In this Issue
1. Cemeteries Commission releases publications on three topics
2. Nikkei Legacy to launch “Before Memories Fade” exhibit
3. Animator to Reprise Site-Specific Animation, Illumination #1, in Old Town
4. Oregon Cultural Trust: Donate, Match, Get the Whole Match Back!
5. Start planning now for NEH grants


The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries recently released three new publications related to photography, funerary folk art and development around historic cemeteries.

The publications include two position papers. “Recommendations Concerning Development Around Historic Cemeteries” summarizes best practices to consider for the preservation of historic cemeteries with construction or land disturbance occurring nearby. “Filming and Photography in Historic Cemeteries” outlines recommendations for cemetery managers in establishing rules and ethical practices for photographers.

The Commission is also offering a new technical publication. Heritage Bulletin 30: Funerary Folk Art and the Concrete Alternative<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/Heritage_Bulletins/HB_30_Funerary_Folk_Art_And_Concrete.pdf> details various “non-traditional” marker materials and provides instruction for creating a long-lasting concrete marker. The Commission also offers annual marker repair trainings and grants<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx> for cemetery projects.

Additional position papers<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OCHC/Pages/OCHC_preservation_.aspx> and Heritage Bulletins<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/Pages/Bulletins.aspx> related to the care and preservation of Oregon Cemeteries are available at Oregon Heritage online<http://www.oregonheritage.org/>. For further information, email Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov<mailto:Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov> or call (503) 986-0685.


The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center will launch “Before Memories Fade”, an exhibit that gives voice to a family’s story, on Dec. 13 at 121 NW 2nd Avenue, Portland.

An all-volunteer exhibit team created the exhibit, which tells the family’s story using first-hand materials and community recollections and enables visitors to walk in the footsteps of Kenjiro and Kay Kida and their son George, who passed away in 1998. Made possible in part through a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission, the multimedia exhibit takes viewers on a journey with the Kidas’ from immigration, through forced removal during World War II, to the end of a century, intersecting one Japanese American family with the American experience.

For further information, call (503) 224-1458 or visit Oregon Nikkei online<http://www.oregonnikkei.org/>.


Educator and animator Rose Bond will reprise a site-specific animation, Illumination #1, in Old Town for ten evenings, beginning Dec. 4, as part of the Illuminations Series of the Old Town History Project, a community-based history, art and culture organization devoted to the preservation and revitalization of Portland’s oldest surviving historic district. The public can view Bond’s installation from either NW Davis or NW Third Avenue.  The projections will run nightly December 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21, before closing on the Winter Solstice.

Projected from within the second floor of the original Portland Seamen’s Bethel, located at the corner of NW Third and NW Davis, Illumination #1 explores 120 years of Portland’s cultural history in a 12-minute loop. A collaborative effort between the Old Town Chinatown Community Association, Portland Chinatown History and Museum Foundation and the Society Hotel, the project comes at a time when a number of historic structures in Portland’s Old Town are in the midst of redevelopment.

Bond’s work uses the windows of the Mariner’s Hotel Building as screens for still and moving images that use specific gestures, story fragments and names to explore the identities of the Chinese, Japanese, Jewish, Roma and other residents of Old Town/Chinatown as well as the accretions of memory held and reflected by the building.  The 1881 landmark building itself is under full restoration as The Society Hotel, slated to open in May 2015.

Rose Bond is a Canadian-born artist and teacher, currently on the faculty of Pacific Northwest College of Art.  She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including those from the American Film Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Princess Grace Foundation.  Her recent work often involves public animated installations, like Illumination #1, which blur the lines between architecture, public art and cinema.

For further information, email Jacqueline Peterson<mailto:jackielp at hotmail.com> or call (503) 724-2399.


The Oregon Cultural Trust is a constant partner with Oregon’s heritage organizations. In 2013 alone, gifts to the Cultural Trust totaled more than $4 million. Working with statewide and regional partners, the Trust redistributed close to half that amount in 2014 grants and funding.

As a partner of the Trust, you can encourage your patrons to double the impact of a gift to your organization by matching it with a donation to the Trust, and receiving their matching gift back through the tax credit.  You will find some simple explanations about the process in the two paragraphs below. Feel free to cut, paste and personalize them for use on in your organization’s newsletters, websites, on Facebook or in your year-end campaign letters.

The Oregon Cultural Trust is uniquely Oregon: through donations to cultural organizations and a special tax credit, Oregonians can double direct cultural funding to their communities. Here’s how: donate to {insert your organization’s name}, make your matching donation to the Trust, and get 100% of your match back as a tax credit today!

The Oregon Cultural Trust guarantees access to culture for all Oregonians by funding state and local cultural organizations as well as activities such as library programs, performances visual arts and historic preservation. Since 2003, the Trust has granted almost $16 million statewide, and you can help: For every dollar you donate to {insert your organization’s name} you can claim an Oregon tax credit by matching it with a gift to the Trust. This is limited to $500 or $1,000, depending on whether you’re filing as an individual or jointly with a spouse. For more information, visit www.culturaltrust.org.


Organizations should start planning now for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Assistant Grants for Smaller Institutions. Willamette Heritage Center, Reed College, Harney County Library’s Western History Room and the Bosco Milligan Foundation were all Oregon recipients of this grant during the past five years. For further information, visit NEH online<http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-assistance-grants-smaller-institutions>.


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