[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2014-05-08

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Thu May 8 07:53:31 PDT 2014


In this Issue
1. Mapping story shared on Exchange
2. Deep roots recognized with 2014 Heritage Trees
3. Basic Electronic Records course offered during NWA Conference, Spokane
4. Webinar to introduce handling and housekeeping for museum collections
5. Heritage Preservation offers video guidance for water damage recovery
6. Deschutes County Historical Society provides Preservation Month activity list
7. SOHS seeks development director



MAPPING STORY SHARED ON EXCHANGE

The Deschutes County Community Development Department (CDD) is involved in a multi-year project to reenergize and rebrand its historic preservation program. As part of that effort, the CDD recently created an interactive map displaying historic landmarks in Sisters and rural Deschutes County. Read more about this exciting program on Heritage Exchange<http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/mapping-stories-in-deschutes-county/>.


DEEP ROOTS RECOGNIZED WITH 2014 HERITAGE TREES

A stand of trees known as Ellmaker Grove of Lane County, the RV Short Fir of Wilsonville and the Aurora Colony Black Walnut at the Aurora Colony are the latest additions to the official roster of heritage trees, joining more than 50 trees across the state.

Ellmaker Grove features a white oak tree estimated at 300-400 years old, a group of maple trees and an incense cedar tree. In 1857 after acquiring a donation land claim, Enos and Elizabeth Ellmaker built their house and blacksmith shop near the oak and planted big leaf maples along the driveway to their home, while the large incense cedar tree that sheltered their cattle at night.

The R.V. Short Heritage Tree possesses an impressive set of statistics — at approximately 300 years old, the fir stands 119 feet tall with a circumference of 16 feet and one inch. Its crown spreads 55 feet. While most other Douglas fir trees near this location were logged to create farmland, the R.V. Short fir remained as a landmark. As a land surveyor, Robert Valentine Short surveyed claims throughout the northern Willamette Valley and in 1850 created the first plat of Portland. Short was a member of the first Oregon Constitutional Convention, the first Yamhill County Surveyor, and a State Legislator.

With a circumference of 18 feet, height of 70 feet and a crown spread of 60 feet, the roots of the approximately 130-year-old Aurora Colony Black Walnut reach back to carpenter Christian Zimmerman, who helped build the plan styled structures in the Aurora Village. Zimmerman built his family’s home on the corner of Liberty and 3rd Streets around 1884 or 1885, and planted a young black walnut at the same time. Both the house and tree are prominent landmarks today.

Announced during a statewide dedication ceremony held during Arbor Week in April, each tree will receive a 9 x 12 inch plaque mounted on a single-leg pedestal from the Heritage Tree Program for placement near the honored tree. For more information about the Oregon Heritage Tree Program, or to look up a specific tree, visit http://ortravelexperience.com/oregon-heritage-trees.


BASIC ELECTRONIC RECORDS COURSE OFFERED DURING ARCHIVES CONFERENCE, SPOKANE

Basic Electronic Records, a course offered on May 29 during the Northwest Archivist (NWA) Conference in Spokane, introduces the principles of appraising, accessioning, preserving, and providing access to records in digital formats. Archivists who have a good understanding of archival principles and techniques but need training in how to apply those principles to records in electronic form will benefit from the course. Upon its completion, students will be able to identify goals and objectives for addressing electronic records within a specific institution's mission; discuss and examine various technical and organizational issues; and develop a tentative plan for action within a specific organization.

To learn more about the course, or to register for the conference, visit the NWA website<http://northwestarchivistsinc.wildapricot.org/annualmeeting>. For additional information, email Natalia Fernández<mailto:natalia.fernandez at oregonstate.edu> or Janet Hauck<mailto:jhauck at whitworth.edu>.


WEBINAR TO INTRODUCE HANDLING AND HOUSEKEEPING FOR MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

A new webinar titled “Introduction to Handling and Housekeeping for Museum Collections” will take place in two sessions May 14 (11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.) and May 15 (11 a.m. – noon). The webinar provides practical guidelines to follow when handling and housekeeping a variety of collection materials. Presenter Alexis Miller, Chief Conservator of Paintings, Balboa Art Conservation Center, will discuss factors to consider when caring for collections, such as material and construction, handling and moving vulnerabilities, and storage and exhibition concerns. Online registration is required<https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5318162179700135937>.


HERITAGE PRESERVATION OFFERS VIDEO GUIDANCE FOR WATER DAMAGE RECOVERY

A 10-minute video that provides step-by-step guidance on dealing with water damage at museums, libraries, and archives is available on the Heritage Preservation website. Part of the award winning Field Guide to Emergency Response, the video accompanies an easy-to-follow handbook. Practical tips on safety, simple equipment, and salvage priorities also make the video a useful guide for home owners who want to rescue treasured family heirlooms. Visit the Heritage Preservation website<http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/WaterSegmentFG.HTM> to watch the video and access other disaster planning and response resources.


DESCHUTES COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROVIDES PRESERVATION MONTH ACTIVITY LIST

The Deschutes County Historical Society website provides a list of countywide activities for Preservation Month. Visit their website to learn more: http://www.deschuteshistory.org/Preservation+Month/default.aspx.


SOHS SEEKS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
The Southern Oregon Historical Society is seeking an experienced development director. This is a full-time, salaried professional position, reporting directly to the executive director and working closely with the SOHS Board of Trustees, the Gold Diggers Guild of the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the Board of Directors of the Southern Oregon Historical Society Foundation.

Successful candidates for this new position will possess self-initiative, entrepreneurship skills and the desire to help the Society grow in its role in the Southern Oregon community. The ideal candidate will be an experienced development professional with a proven record of success and substantial knowledge of the Southern Oregon philanthropic community.

For a complete job description and application instructions, visit the SOHS website<http://www.sohs.org/visit/announcements/sohsseeksdevelopmentdirector>. The deadline for the receipt of applications via email or U.S. Mail is June 4. Send applications to Executive Director, Southern Oregon Historical Society, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford, OR 97501 or via email<mailto:director at sohs.org>.


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