[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2014-05-15

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Thu May 15 09:08:12 PDT 2014

In this Issue
1. Preservation Month Fair set at the State Capitol May 29
2. State Historic Cemeteries Commission seeks new member
3. Grants available for veterans and war memorials
4. Headstone repair workshop set for May 17, Eugene's Masonic Cemetery
5. NAO to host forum for nonprofit leaders across the state
6. Preservation activities beyond MayDay


May is National Historic Preservation Month and for Oregon communities this brings an opportunity to reflect on significant places, artifacts, and collections that tell the stories of our past as well as to recognize contributions that individuals and organizations have made to local preservation projects. Oregon Heritage will host the 6th Annual Preservation Month Fair from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 29, at the State Capitol State Park (on the north side of Court Street opposite the Capitol building) in Salem. Community organizations and several state agencies will provide information about their efforts to preserve Oregon’s history.

More than 18 heritage organizations will highlight the history of their institutions and their work to preserve important sites related to Oregon’s historic events, persons, and places. Displays include a World War II M3A1 Stuart Light Tank and a Korean War Jeep, artifacts, and engaging exhibits that tell Oregon's story and highlight the contributions of individuals and organizations to local preservation projects.

Participating exhibitors include the Salem Landmarks Commission, Historic Deepwood Estate, Bush House Museum, Salem Pioneer Cemetery, Oregon Military Museum and Historical Outreach Foundation, Daughters of the American Revolution, Oregon State Parks with friends groups from Silver Falls and Champoeg State Parks. The Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Capitol Foundation, Oregon State Archives, Oregon State Library, Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council, and Oregon Historic Cemetery and National Register of Historic Places programs will also present information and exhibits.

For questions or further information, email Ian Johnson<mailto:ian.johnson at oregon.gov> or call (503) 986-0678.


The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking a volunteer to fill one open position. The commission is particularly seeking a representative from the south Willamette Valley, but all are encouraged to apply. Please apply before June 15.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; to make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries. The Commission also assists in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.
The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects, programs and grant selection. Informal meetings by Commissioners in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time are encouraged.

The state historic cemeteries program, a part of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, maintains a list of Oregon’s historic cemeteries and offers a variety of educational, financial and technical resources for those working to preserve them. Details are available at Oregon Heritage online<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OCHC/Pages/index.aspx>, by emailing Kuri Gill<mailto:Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov> or calling (503) 986-0685.


The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering grants for the construction or restoration of veterans and war memorials.

“The program is designed to honor Oregon’s soldiers and veterans by commemorating their service to the country,” said Kuri Gill, a grants and outreach coordinator for the department. “Local governments may apply to build or repair monuments on local government lands.”

New monuments should recognize veterans and wars not already recognized. Recipients of restoration grants can apply the funds toward broken monuments, missing elements of monuments or the related design elements of monuments for veterans or earlier wars, such as World War I.

The application deadline is June 30. For details and the application information visit the grants page of the Oregon Heritage website<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx>. For more information, contact Kuri Gill at (503) 986-0685 or Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov<mailto:Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov>.

Headstone repair workshop set for May 17, Eugene's Masonic Cemetery

A workshop in cleaning and repairing historic masonry will take place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Masonic Cemetery in Eugene. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Eugene Masonic Cemetery is a unique resource of local history. The event aims to raise awareness of the cemetery as well as to clean and repair some of the site’s historic headstones.

Participants will receive tools, cleaning agents and latex gloves; however they should wear work clothes, and bring safety glasses and kneepads. The group will meet in front of Hope Abbey Mausoleum, near the corner of 26th Ave. and Potter St., at 10 a.m. The event will begin with a tour of the mausoleum and cemetery led by historic architect Dennis Hellesvig and University of Oregon historic preservation graduate student David Espinosa. For more information, contact Espinosa at espinosa62 at gmail.com<mailto:espinosa62 at gmail.com>


The Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) will host a forum across the state for nonprofit leaders, including executive directors, board members, with a focus on becoming agents of change. Diana Aviv of Independent Sector will discuss the implications and opportunities presented by challenges to the nonprofit business model such as online networking, corporate social responsibility programs, benefit corporations, and generational shifts in leadership. The presentation will take place from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., May 21 at the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland) with video links in Bend, Grants Pass and Springfield.

Learn about the economic and social forces changing the nonprofit sector for good by examining the evolving role that nonprofits play in communities and the changing responsibilities of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Return to your organization with new means to achieve greater impact, inspire new ideas, and create a future where collaboration is the norm. The sessions all offer a dialogue following the presentation.

Featured in “The New York Times”, “The Washington Post”, “The Wall Street Journal”, NPR, and MSNBC.com, Aviv represents tens of thousands of organizations across the country to advance the common good by leading, strengthening, and mobilizing the charitable community. She is a frequent speaker on trends in and key issues and has testified before Congress.

For further information, and to register, visit the NAO website<https://www.nonprofitoregon.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=602>.


Did you set aside MayDay for an activity focused on key preservation issues? On MayDay archivists and other cultural heritage professionals took personal and professional responsibility for doing something simple – something accomplished in a day but with significant impact on an individual’s or a repository’s ability to respond to a disaster.

Ideas for preservation beyond MayDay include setting aside time to read key policy documents once again, just to keep the information fresh. Quickly survey collections areas to ensure that nothing is stored directly on the floor, where it would be especially vulnerable to water damage. Note the location of fire exits and fire extinguishers. Conduct an evacuation drill to acquaint staff members with the evacuation plan and to test its effectiveness. Or update the contact information in your existing emergency preparedness plan and create a wallet-size emergency contact roster to facilitate communication and rapid response.

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) prepared a list of simple MayDay activities that can help organizations respond to an emergency when and if it occurs. To review the list and learn more visit the SAA website<http://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/mayday-saving-our-archives>.


Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, provides technical support and services to people and organizations documenting, preserving, interpreting and sharing Oregon's heritage. Keep up with the latest heritage issues and trends at Oregon Heritage Exchange<http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/> and follow us on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/OregonHeritage>.

Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission. Do you have an issue or item you would like to share? Email us<mailto:heritage.info at oregon.gov>.

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