[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2015-02-19

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Thu Feb 19 08:52:53 PST 2015

In this Issue
1. Historic Cemeteries Commission seeks new member
2. Malcom McDonald House of Hillsboro latest National Register listing
3. Oregon State University offers interpretive course for spring 2015
4. Conference on Historic Fashion, Textiles and Living History set for April
5. NEH and ALA offer funding for Latin-American history programming


The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking a volunteer to fill an open position representing northeastern Oregon. The application deadline is March 15.

Comprised of seven citizens, the commission is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist 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. Commissioners also provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

Although the commission is particularly seeking a representative from the northeast part of the state, all are encouraged to apply.

More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available at Oregon Heritage online<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/PROGRAMS/pages/commissions.aspx#OCHC>. To apply, send a letter of interest and resume via email to commission coordinator Kuri Gill<mailto:Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov>. Please include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to its work, and ideas or goals you have for your participation. If you have further questions, email Gill or call at (503) 986-0685.


The Malcolm McDonald House in Hillsboro is among the state’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Located in Hillsboro’s Orenco neighborhood, and built for Malcolm McDonald, one of the two men responsible for expanding the Oregon Nursery Company and founding the community of Orenco, the 1912 McDonald House is a large, stately, Arts and Crafts residence. It features many fine architectural elements and materials in the same style as the nearby house of his business partner Archibald McGill and Oregon Nursery Company office.

Formed first as a settlement to support the Oregon Nursery Company operations, Orenco evolved into an incorporated city following the nursery’s success. The nursery company re-located from Salem to the Hillsboro area in 1906 and expanded their holdings to become the largest nursery on the West Coast.

“The attention to detail and sheer size of the home clearly conveys its significance within the Orenco town site and its association with the Oregon Nursery Company,” said Wayne Gross, director of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation. “We are honored to own such a beautiful home and to preserve it for generations to come.”

Now owned by the city of Hillsboro, the McDonald House is located within a large open space destined to become a nature park. Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building’s nomination during its October 10, 2014 meeting. It is one of 45 individually listed historic properties in Washington County.

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


Oregon State University (OSU) is offering interpretive courses this spring, providing an opportunity to explore the world of interpretation while improving communication skills.

Students will design messages for an interpretive setting and learn how to communicate with visitors via presentations, guided tours, social media and new media platforms.  The course, FES 493/593-Environmental Interpretation, also covers the process of crafting messages specially tailored to engage not only visitors to parks, museums, aquariums, and historic sites, but also users of digital media.

Offered through OSU’s Extended Campus, Environmental Interpretation reveals the effectiveness of interpretation as a communication strategy. The course introduces communication techniques applicable to a variety of disciplines, including natural, historical, and cultural resource management. Students will participate in real-world interpretive projects available through the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State Parks, and have the opportunity to connect to internship and employment opportunities available with these and other agencies.  In addition, the course provides information about training and certification opportunities available through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).

For registration information, visit ecampus.oregonstate.edu, or call 1-800-667-1465


The Historic Fashion, Textiles and Living History Conference will take place April 10 – 12 at the Museum of the Oregon Territory in Oregon City. The conference will cover the Regency, Victorian and Edwardian eras through original garments and artifacts covering the period spanning 1810 – 1910. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine and photograph original historic garments and textiles inside and out; study construction, fabrics, dating, basic handling and preservation methods; and apply this information to museums displays, living history and/or collections. For further information, visit the Victoria’s Treasures Images and Impressions website<http://victoriastreasuresimage.com/web-data/Components/Gallery/Conference%202014/index_conference.html>.


The National Endowment (NEH) for the Humanities and American Library Association (ALA) have a new program to encourage libraries, museums, community arts and cultural organizations, historical societies, and others to develop programming about Latina/o history. Inspired by the PBS documentary series Latino Americans<http://www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/>, the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” program will distribute $1.5 million to support these programs. The application deadline is May 1.

The Latino Americans program goals include bringing scholarship on Latino American histories and cultures to new audiences; engaging people in examining and documenting the histories of Latino Americans in their communities; and fostering understanding of local histories in regional, national, and international contexts. It will offer funding and materials to support public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects, performances and other programs.

To learn about grant guidelines and how to submit an online application, visit the ALA website<https://apply.ala.org/latinoamericans>. The program will select up to 200 sites to receive a Latino Americans grant, and will announce awards on June 15.


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