[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2014-07-17

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Thu Jul 17 08:44:14 PDT 2014

In this Issue
1. Fish Lake Guard Station listed in the National Register of Historic Places
2. Ten Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Ranches selected for recognition
3. National Preservation Institute offers Section 106, cultural property seminars
4. The Argus, Washington Independent now on Historic Oregon Newspapers
5. Southern Oregon Historical Society seeks registrar

6. Oregon Historical Society seeks archives specialist, two catalogers


The Fish Lake Guard Station in McKenzie Bridge is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Built by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) for the Santiam National Forest (later Willamette National Forest) between 1906 and 1934, the centrally located Fish Lake Guard Station provided fire crews and Forest staff with an administrative base and a pack animal remount station from which to provide conservation management for the forest and fire protection. Later, the Station served as an essential catalyst in managing designated wilderness areas near the Willamette National Forest after the passage of the Wilderness Act. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Sept. 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act mandated that the National Park Service, USFS, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review all lands under their jurisdiction and designate appropriate tracts as National Wilderness areas for protection in their natural condition. The station’s rustic-style buildings are representative examples of USFS administrative architecture built by Forest employees and the CCC using USFS and CCC plans and rustic design, made with local, natural materials to blend with the surrounding landscape.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district’s nomination in their June 2013 meeting. The Station joins over 900 properties in Linn County listed in the National Register. The National Park Service maintains the National Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

For more information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings, visit Oregon Heritage online<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/Pages/index.aspx>.


Families from across the state will receive recognition for operating as Century or Sesquicentennial (150-year) Farm or Ranch at 11 a.m., Aug. 23 in the Corporate Tent on the west side of the fairgrounds during the Oregon State Fair. The event celebrates Oregon’s agricultural heritage. This year, the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program will honor eight farms and ranches as Century Farms or Ranches, with an additional two farms celebrating Sesquicentennial status. With the inclusion of this year’s Century Farm and Ranch honorees, the Oregon total stands at 1,164. In addition, there are now 28 Sesquicentennial farms and ranches in Oregon.

Lois Harmon Bacon, Harmon Farm: Wallowa County; Ted Gastin, Gastin Ranch: Wallowa County; Larry Thompson and Janet Moulds, Fairview Ranch: Sherman County; and Wilbur ‘Pete’ Jansen, Jansen Farm: Washington County will receive recognition this year. Also among this year’s honorees are Joanne Emerson Brewer Emerson Dell Farm: Wasco County; John KilKenny, KilKenny Ranch: Morrow County; Terrill Plagmann, Plagmann Farms: Linn County; and Debora Landforce and Donna Champeau, The ‘Romig Ranch’: Polk County.

The Sesquicentennial Award program began in 2008 in honor of Oregon’s 150th birthday celebration. Sesquicentennial awards recognize Oregon families who have continuously farmed portions of their original family acreage for 150 years or more. Honorees this year include Lewis Batchelder and Batchelder Farms, LLC, Batchelder Farm: Washington County and Rich and Michelle (Morris) Moberg, Mitchell and Cherie (Morris) Vandehey, Ryan and Kathy (Morris) Fox, Three Branches, LLC: Yamhill County.

Every Oregon farm and ranch has a unique history and special family story. Founded in 1958, The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program encourages agriculture families to share these stories with a broader audience. By promoting family stories, rich cultural heritage reaches future generations while educating Oregonians about the social and economic impact of Oregon agriculture. The Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation administers the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program. For further information about this year’s honorees and about the Program, visit the Oregon Century Farm Ranch website<http://oregonfb.org/centuryfarm/>.


The National Preservation Institute (NPI), in cooperation with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington, will offer two seminars for those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage during September in Seattle. Advanced registration is open until Aug. 7. Both seminars meet the criteria for programs in the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System and participants will receive six PDH HSW each day.

“Section 106: An Introduction” will take place Sept. 15 – 17. Attendees will learn the basics of project review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. This seminar will emphasize practicalities – how to avoid pitfalls and victimization by myths. A discussion will take place about recent changes in regulations and procedures, with an emphasis on coordination with the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws.

“Native American Cultural Property Law” will take place Sept. 18 – 19. This seminar will review the federal laws intended to preserve Native American heritage through the protection of cultural practices and sacred lands. Attendees will examine the use of statutes as tools to manage tangible and intangible cultural property. Instructor Claudia Nissley will discuss government-to-government obligations, court decisions, and case studies to illustrate federal policies and practice, as well as consider the legal, cultural, and historical perspectives resulting from decisions affecting Native American cultural property. The seminar will also describe how the consultation process enables tribes, federal entities, and other parties to achieve resolution.

Visit the NPI website to register<http://www.npi.org/register.html> and to view 2014-2015 seminar schedules or view session agendas<http://www.npi.org/>.


Thanks to a partnership between the Hillsboro Public Library and Historic Oregon Newspapers, several historic newspaper titles from Hillsboro are now available for keyword searching and browsing online at Historic Oregon Newspapers<http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/>. Visit the website to view The Argus, (1894 – 1895)<http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088160/> and the Washington Independent (Oct. 30, 1874 – Jan. 25, 1877)<http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn84022654/>.  Discover other titles listed in alphabetical order on the Historic Oregon Newspapers Titles<http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/newspapers/> page, or search by a specific keyword on the Search<http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/search/pages/> page.


The Southern Oregon Historical Society is seeking an experienced registrar to join its collections department. The registrar maintains and produces collection records, facilitates access to the collections for the public and staff and works closely with the curator and library manager. This is a part-time, non-exempt position at 20 – 30 hours per week.

Position duties include executing required legal records by acquiring title transfer, accessioning and de-accessioning collections artifacts; maintaining collections records including accession, de-accession, incoming and outgoing loan forms; and providing collections access by responding to public inquiries and staff requests and by cataloging the collections. The registrar also assists with the storage, exhibition, proper handling and conservation of collections and by maintains an up-to-date registrar procedures manual covering all tasks performed; and empowers volunteers by preparing instructions, assembling training materials, and reviewing tasks completed.

Successful candidates will possess a degree in history, museum studies or related field; two years museum experience with at least one year in a registrar or curatorial position. Other candidate attributes include familiarity with museum registrar procedures and operations; familiarity with collections management software; the ability to lift and carry 30 pounds and climb stairs; and the ability to work well with the public and fellow staff.

Interested parties should send a resume and cover letter via email to director at sohs.org<mailto:director at sohs.org>, or by U.S. mail to Robert Esterlein, Southern Oregon Historical Society, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford, OR 97501.


The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is seeking an archives specialist, a collections records cataloger and a PGE Collection cataloger. All three are limited duration positions. For complete job descriptions and application instructions, visit the OHS website<http://www.ohs.org/about-ohs/employment/index.cfm>.


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