[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2014-09-11

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Thu Sep 11 14:08:12 PDT 2014

In this Issue
1. OEM seeks registration for Great Oregon ShakeOut
2. Photographs documenting 1930s – 1940s American lives available online
3. Did IMLS count your museum?

OEM seeks registration for Great Oregon ShakeOut

Many people get seriously injured because they don't know what to do (or not do) during an earthquake. Advance training is your best protection during an earthquake, and for surviving the aftermath. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM)  is asking Oregonians to register for 2014 Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill<http://shakeout.org/oregon/>. Participants will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold at 10:16 a.m., Oct. 16 during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills across the nation.

Participating is a great way for your heritage organization to prepared, survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes. Earthquakes are a serious threat to Oregon – both offshore like the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and onshore like the recent event in California’s Napa Valley. They can strike at any time. Prepare now, have an emergency plan for earthquakes, and build an emergency kit as part of your disaster preparedness plan.


During the 1930s and 1940s, the Federal government created a program to document the every-day lives of Americans. The Library of Congress houses the resulting photographic images and many are now available for online viewing. Hundreds of these images show Oregon during the Great Depression and World War II. The online finding aids include including map- and theme-based searching. National Public Broadcasting (NPR) recently ran a story about the collection. To hear it, visit NPR online (Depression-Era Photos Make a Mark on American Photography<http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=345158378&m=345158420>). To view the photographs, visit http://photogrammar.yale.edu/.


Earlier this year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) began an effort to count every museum in the United States. It recently released a data file online that shows 35,144 museums. IMLS would like to make sure it has listed all museums accurately. Has IMLS accurately listed your museum?  Reviewing the data will only take a few minutes at the IMLS website<http://www.imls.gov/research/museum_universe_data_file.aspx>. The site allows you to download and review the file in Excel (5.8 MB) or CSV (2.5 MB) – and you can report corrections to research at imls.gov<mailto:research at imls.gov>.

In December the agency will release an updated list of museums, and hopes to include museums that do not appear in the current data file. Reviewing the list will also enable the agency to remove duplicate listings and learn about museums that are no longer active.

To learn more about the data file, visit IMLS online<http://www.imls.gov/news/museum_universe_data_file_q.aspx>.


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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