[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2014-10-30

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Thu Oct 30 09:44:37 PDT 2014

In this Issue
1. Aloha Farmhouse newest National Register listing
2. New Preservation Self-Assessment Program subject of C2C webinar Nov. 5
3. HHI National Collections Care Survey Is Open
4. Nominations open for Commitment to Collection Preservation Award
5. Director sought for Tillamook Forest Center
6. Museum of Mental Health seeks curator


The Aloha Farmhouse in Washington County is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Built about 1915, the Aloha Farmhouse is a modest Craftsman-inspired residence that Pietro Belluschi, Oregon’s most renowned 20th century architect, remodeled for his own use in 1944 and again about 1946. The period of time in which Belluschi and his family lived in the farmhouse, which was located on a rural, six-acre site with an orchard at that time, was one of the most important and prolific of Belluschi’s career. A few years later, he accepted the position of Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in which he established the reputation that would lead to the next phase of his long and successful career.

Belluschi bought the farmhouse when his boys were small and needed room to grow. He remodeled the house, using the design vocabulary that he had been experimenting with in such Northwest Regional-style houses as his previous Council Crest home, the Philip Joss house, and the Dr. and Mrs. Burkes house – all located in Portland. Little changed since Belluschi returned to Portland with his family in 1948, the Aloha Farmhouse still retains its rustic character, which he admired when he purchased the house and was careful to preserve in the renovation.

Belluschi and his family left Portland for the east coast in early 1951. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he began a successful architectural consulting practice there, on some of the highest profile projects in the country, including the Juilliard School in New York and St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. He returned to Portland in 1973, taking up residence in the Burkes house that he had designed in the mid-1940s. Belluschi died in 1994, at the age of 94. His wife Marjorie lived in the house until 2009. It is now the home of Marti and Anthony Belluschi, Pietro Belluschi’s son, who is also an architect.

The Aloha Farmhouse is the last remaining residence that Belluschi designed for himself in the Portland area that also retains its historic character. Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the property’s nomination in their June 2014 meeting. It is a unique property that joins the recently listed Oak Hills National Register Historic District to celebrate Oregon’s mid-century architectural heritage in Washington County.

The National Park Service maintains the National Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. For further information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings, visit the Oregon Heritage website<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/Pages/index.aspx>.


Learn about the Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP), a forthcoming (and free!) web application designed to address the evaluation and prioritization of preservation action among materials typically found in museums, special collections, archives, and historical societies, during a Connecting to Collections (C2C) webinar at 5 p.m., Nov. 5.

The PSAP considers many facets of preservation need: ranging from the condition of specific materials to understanding how the building, environment, policies, and usage all affect the health of the materials overall. Preservation assessments are a key element of good collection stewardship as they allow collections managers and curators to become more familiar with the health of their collections and derive accurate metrics about collections.  These metrics help managers both to determine preservation needs and to better articulate and document the needs of their collections in grant applications.

To learn more and to register for the webinar, visit Connecting to Collections online<file://prd_slm23/USER1/SLMUSER/HUITK/Heritage%20News/2014/.%20%20%20http:/www.connectingtocollections.org/meeting/>.


Heritage Preservation recently launched Heritage Health Information 2014: A National Collections Care Survey (HHI 2014) and is issuing email invitations to more than 14,000 collecting institutions to participate. Based on a sampling, not all collecting institutions will receive an invitation to participate, so institution directors should look for an email with the subject line “OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS - The HHI 2014 National Collections Care Survey is here!”

HHI 2014 is the first study since the landmark Heritage Health Index<http://www.heritagepreservation.org/hhi/full.html> ten years ago, which found that 190 million artifacts were at risk. The HHI 2014 is a national survey on the condition of collections held by archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, scientific research collections, and archaeological repositories. The survey includes questions ranging in topics from the care of digital material to staffing. It will take selected institutions an estimated one to three hours to complete and submit. A partnership between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Endowment for the Humanities will help fund HHI 2014.

"We encourage those who received a survey to complete it," said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth. "With your participation, we'll be able to measure progress in the field over the last ten years. In addition to collecting comparable data, HHI 2014 includes a new emphasis on digital collections. It is a critical next step to preserving our nation's treasured cultural heritage."

More information about the survey effort and a media toolkit to help get the word out are available on the Heritage Health Information 2014 website<http://www.heritagepreservation.org/HHI/index.html>.


Heritage Preservation is seeking nominations for the Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to Collection Preservation Award, presented annually to an organization that has been exemplary in its commitment to the preservation and care of cultural property within the context of its broader mission. The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 15

Visit the Heritage Preservation website<http://www.heritagepreservation.org/awards/aic.htm> for complete program guidelines, information about past recipients, and nomination instructions. For more information, email info at heritagepreservation.org or call (202) 233-0800.


The Tillamook Forest Center is seeking a director who will set the tone and atmosphere for center operations, determine the scope and quality standards for overall visitor experiences, and determine the most efficient use of agency resources associated with the center. Decisions made by the director will affect the overall effectiveness of communications with the target audiences of ODF, the Tillamook State Forest, and the Tillamook Forest Center.

Visit Oregon Jobs online<http://agency.governmentjobs.com/oregon/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=990148&hit_count=yes&headerFooter=1&promo=0&transfer=0&WDDXJobSearchParams=%3CwddxPacket%20version%3D%271.0%27%3E%3Cheader%2F%3E%3Cdata%3E%3Cstruct%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27CATEGORYID%27%3E%3Cstring%3E-1%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27PROMOTIONALJOBS%27%3E%3Cstring%3E0%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27TRANSFER%27%3E%3Cstring%3E0%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27FIND_KEYWORD%27%3E%3Cstring%3E%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3C%2Fstruct%3E%3C%2Fdata%3E%3C%2FwddxPacket%3E> for a complete job description and application instructions.


The Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health is seeking a Curator. The successful candidate for this position will be independent and reliable, an experienced self-starter with a passion for history and training as a museum professional. The curator will be responsible for collections management, exhibit development, communications, planning, technical assistance and administrative support. The application deadline is 5 p.m., Nov. 21. To apply, email a cover letter explaining why you believe yourself to be the right candidate for the position, a resume or CV, complete contact information, and three references including your most recent supervisor to oshmuseum at gmail.com<mailto:oshmuseum at gmail.com>. Visit the Museum of Mental Health online<http://oshmuseum.org/about/job-openings/> for further information.


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