[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2014-07-10

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Thu Jul 10 08:34:08 PDT 2014

In this Issue
1. July full of Historic Cemetery events
2. Online “Future of Museums” conference set to take place July 24
3. SAA to offer archives overview workshop in Portland, October 24
4. State Hospital Museum of Mental Health seeks oral history project manager


  *   The Klamath County and Merrill Historical Societies, the Merrill Cemetery Association and the City of Merrill will co-sponsor a workshop on cleaning stones and restoring leaning and collapsed monuments from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., July 11, in Merrill. To pre-register for the free workshop, email Polly Tickners<mailto:polly at tickners.net> or call her at (541) 205-8285.
  *   The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) will meet from 9 a.m. – noon, July 25 in Newport at the Hallmark Inn. The commission will discuss position papers, technical information, trainings, and other cemetery issues.
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. For additional information about commission activities, the meeting and workshop, email kuri.gill at oregon.gov<mailto:kuri.gill at oregon.gov> or call her at (503) 986-0685.

  *   The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will join the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board for a conversation about the future of Oregon’s cemeteries from 1 – 5 p.m., July 25 in Newport at the Hallmark Inn.
Both boards have noticed a trend of the increasing difficulty of getting new volunteers step in and help keep up the continuity of non-profit and often rural cemeteries--whether a non-operating pioneer cemetery, or a small operating one. With high cremation rates in the Northwest, even the for-profit operating cemeteries are facing concerns of increasing operating costs for ongoing maintenance without the same level of new burials and revenue coming in as before.
The two organizations will compare notes on these trends and any others identified by the community, and then discuss what roll – if any – the public sector (either of our boards, or other state, county or city) should have in addressing these trends, or, simply in helping if and when a particular cemetery becomes abandoned. Melisa McDonald of Metro will facilitate the session. If you’d like to attend, email Carla.Knapp at state.or.us<mailto:Carla.Knapp at state.or.us> or call her at (971) 673-1507.

  *   The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will offer a historic cemetery and marker repair workshop from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., July 26 at the Toledo Cemetery near the intersection of Skyline Drive and Arcadia Drive in Toledo. The free workshop will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling and repair.
Participants should bring their lunch, snacks, water to drink, a stool or folding chair to sit on, gloves, a hat, sunscreen, comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. Also, bring a pen, note pad and a camera if you wish to take photos.

  *   The Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery will hold a Day of Remembrance at 10 a.m., July 28 in the Jacksonville Cemetery to recognize and observe the 100th Anniversary of the start of WWI, July 28, 1914 – November 11, 1918). This special memorial service will honor all who served our country and remember those around the world who lost their lives during the "war to end all wars". Visit http://www.friendsjvillecemetery.org<http://www.friendsjvillecemetery.org/> for more information.


The “Future of Museums” Conference will take place as an online collaborative global event from 1 – 8 p.m., July 24. . The conference will cover technology, museums, and the future and will feature keynote speakers and crowd-sourced presentations by peers of the global museum community.

Attendees can expect to learn best practices to implement in their museums, and will hear real-world examples of innovative practices in the field. Conference sessions will focus on four main themes from the New Media Consortium Horizon Report, 2013 Museum Edition: Bring Your Own Device; Location-Based Services; Crowdsourcing and Makerspaces.

For more information, and to learn how to attend the conference, visit the Future of Museums website<http://futureofmuseums.com/page/welcome-information>.


The Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Oregon State Historical Records Advisory Board will present an archives overview workshop from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Oct. 24 in the Madison Room at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland.  Librarians, museum staff, administrators, archivists, and volunteers in small repositories with historical records and without archives training will all benefit from this workshop.

Attendees will receive an overview of basic archival theory, functions, and practices that protect the integrity of historical records. The workshop will also provide a basis for further learning. For further information, and to register, visit the SAA website<http://saa.archivists.org/events/archives-overview-1532/534/>.


The Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health is seeking a project manager for its oral history ‘Story Project’. This part time, one-year position will help to build upon the museum’s commitment to Bear Witness and Give Voice to those who have experience with mental illness or the Oregon State Hospital in particular.

The project manager will be develop protocols to welcome participants, orient them to the interview process, handle the technical and administrative aspects of recordings, and make the experience of capturing the stories a positive one. This position may assume the role of interviewer when a participant arrives alone. The project manager will also participate as a curator and train volunteers to facilitate story collection. The project manager will be perform data entry, archival processing tasks to ensure preservation of interviews and an accurate record the day’s activities, reporting, and other tasks necessary to the preservation of interviews and upkeep of recording space and equipment.

For further position requirements and application instructions, visit the museum's website<http://oshmuseum.org/about/job-openings/>.


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