[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2015-07-09

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Thu Jul 9 09:45:39 PDT 2015

In this Issue
1. Two early Forest Service sites in Oregon listed in National Register
2. Lane County Historical Society announces 2016 grant program
3. Digitization summit report released, listserv launched
4. Park Service to host historic tax incentives webinar
5. New Coos History Museum is now open!
6. SOHS to launch Heritage Cemetery Days Series
7. Farm and Ranch Program to bestow awards Aug. 29
8. High Desert Museum seeks Curator of Western History


Two early sites of U.S. Forest Service efforts in Oregon, one in Marion County and the other in Wallowa County, are among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Constructed in 1925, Hoodoo Ridge Lookout Historic District, near Troy, supported fire detection and suppression. Initially a six-foot wide crow’s nest platform in the top of a 110-foot-tall ponderosa pine, the Civilian Conservation Corps improved the site in 1933, building a 101-foot-tall steel tower. These and several other supplemental buildings are included in the district designation.

Forest Service personnel hastily and inexpensively constructed Olallie Meadows Guard Station, near Estacada, in 1910. They used site-sourced to building the station, which features a rough-hewn peeled log foundation and walls, lodge pole pine roof and structure, hand-split cedar shake roof, and field stone steps. The cabin served as a guard station until 1932, allowing rangers to stay overnight and to conduct forest patrols. Field rangers did a variety of tasks including managing small timber sales, fighting fires, and building roads and trails.

“We applaud the U.S. Forest Service’s efforts to preserve and develop cultural heritage resources,” said Chrissy Curran, the acting deputy state historic preservation officer. “These two sites help us understand how the Forest Service managed the state’s forests during the first century of its existence.”

The young U.S. Forest Service had limited resources, yet with millions of acres of land to manage. Hoodoo Ridge Lookout Historic District and Olallie Meadows Guard Station indicate the types of facilities and activities undertaken by the Forest Service from its founding a century ago through the Great Depression. Both places show the ingenuity and resourcefulness of early forest rangers in carrying out their myriad of duties. They are unique in their development.

The National Park Service maintains the National Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. For further information about Oregon’s latest listings, visit Oregon Heritage online<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/pages/nrhp_recent_nominations.aspx>.


The Lane County Historical Society has launched a new round of Heritage Outreach Grants. The Society awarded nine grants totaling $8,000 last February, enabling the promotion of historical activities ranging from deck materials for a relocated one room schoolhouse (Camas Country Mill), and a historic walking tour (Lane Arts Council), to exterior paint for a relocated historic church building (Irvington Church).

“We have been very pleased with the results of the first two years of our grant awards. There has been spirited competition for the limited dollars, but solid projects and results have supported historical endeavors throughout the county. We now look forward to year three of the grants program. As word of the program spreads, we hope to encourage both new applicants and worthwhile projects previously proposed that could not be funded earlier,” stated Bob Hart, LCHS executive director.

Broad eligibility applies for the grants: non-profits, museums, commercial businesses, tribes, and individuals. The Society considers geographical dispersal of funds so that communities beyond the Springfield-Eugene urban area may also benefit from the program. Grant awards may range up to a $2,500 maximum, but it is the Society intention to award at least five grants in order to broaden the number of recipients.

The application deadline is Nov. 1 for grant projects beginning before June 30, 2016. The Society will announce the grant recipients publicly at its annual meeting on February 13, 2016. To request application forms and guidelines write to the Society at 740 W. 13th Ave., Eugene, OR 97402, call (541) 682-4242 or downloaded the pdf-formatted document located on the Lane County Historical Society website<http://lchm.org/heritage-outreach-grant-program>.


The planners of a regional summit to discuss digitization and digital projects have released a final report on its outcome. In addition, they have initiated an unmoderated forum to communicate about digital collection projects in the Pacific Northwest.

The summit, hosted by the Oregon and Washington state libraries, centered on seven topics: training opportunities and needs, leadership and collaboration, digitization priorities, funding sources and needs, infrastructure, standards and best practices, and outreach and communications.

The final recommendations, based on discussions held throughout the day, included support for a shared regional digital content system, work toward adoption of shared standards, creation of written materials focused on broad community participation, and several other opportunities. The report is available on the Oregon State Library website.

Another outcome of the summit is a Northwest Digital Projects email list, which will serve as an open, un-moderated forum enabling communication about digital collection projects in the Pacific Northwest. Subscribers are encouraged to share information about projects, resources, training opportunities, and best practices.

Representatives of the Oregon State Library, Washington State Library, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Heritage Commission, University of Oregon and University of Washington planned the summit. There will be another such gathering in the future.


The National Park Service will host a webinar titled Historic Tax Credits 101: An Introduction to the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program at 2 p.m., July 23.

The Federal Historic Tax Credit serves as an important incentive for the preservation and rehabilitation of commercial and rental residential historic buildings. It is one of the Federal government’s most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. The results of the program are evident throughout the country through the return of vacant and underused buildings to productive use.

The 90-minute webinar will review the basics of the Federal Historic Tax Credit and attendees will learn about the application process, building and expenditure qualifications, and more. To learn more about the tax incentive program visit the National Park Service’s Technical Preservation Services online<http://www.nps.gov/tps/tax-incentives.htm>. To register for the webinar, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4091755924157208322. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


The new Coos History Museum is now open to the public! Operating hours are Tues. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information about the museum, its collection and exhibits visit www.cooshistory.org<http://www.cooshistory.org>.


The Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS) is launching a Heritage Cemetery Day series beginning at 11 a.m., July 19 at the IOOF Eastwood Cemetery in Medford. Thereafter, the four-times-a-year series will feature a different cemetery. One of SOHS’s goals with the series is to inspire volunteer involvement in cemetery maintenance, increase community engagement and engage the local disaster response team to increase their knowledge and awareness of historic cemeteries. The events will include history and background of the cemetery, notable art and headstones, and cover the personal histories of some of the people resting there.

Parties interested in attending the first event of this series should meet at the IOOF Eastwood Cemetery’s gate off Siskiyou Blvd., near Highland Dr. in East Medford. For more information call (541) 773-6536, ext. 202.

Farm and Ranch Program to bestow awards Aug. 29

Families from across the state will receive recognition for operating as Century or Sesquicentennial (150-year) Farms or Ranches during the annual awards ceremony, at 11 a.m., Aug. 29 in the Garden Tent on the west side of the fairgrounds at the Oregon State Fair. The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program will honor eleven farms and ranches from nine different counties as Century Farms or Ranches and five farms with Sesquicentennial status. There are now a total of 1,175 Century Farms and Ranches and an additional 33 with Sesquicentennial Farm and Ranch designations.

This year’s farm and ranch families include Brent Cheyne of the Cheyne Farm in Klamath County; Aart and Charlene Falk, Steve and Jana Falk Moore for the Louis and Anna Falk Farm in Linn County; Aart and Charlene Falk for the Charles Ludwig Falk Farm in Linn County; and Evelyn Hynes Trust, Hynes Farm in Marion County. Also receiving the honor this year are Joseph and Jennifer Finegan of Taghon Farm in Washington County; Evelyn Fisher and Kathy Fisher Patterson, Fisher Patterson of Marion County; and Hubert and Carolyn Christensen of Christensen Farm in Linn County. Greg L. Harris and Richard Bell of McCready Ranch in Klamath County; Deanna Padget of Padget Ranches in Sherman County; Joseph Fisher and Madeline J. Hall Fisher of Gentleacres in Polk County; and Gregory L. Bingaman of Bingaman Enterprises in Union County will also receive recognition.

Award winners receive a certificate signed by the Governor and Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture as well a historic roadside sign imprinted with the founder’s name and the year the ranch or farm was established.

Every Oregon farm and ranch has a unique history and special family story. The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land. To learn more about this program, visit Oregon Century Farm and Ranch online<http://www.oregonfb.org/centuryfarm>, email Andréa Kuenzi<mailto:cfr at oregonfb.org> or call (503) 400-7884.


The High Desert Museum seeks a Curator of Western History to provide all aspects of research, exhibition and program development, and oversight of the High Desert Museum’s western history collection. The Curator of Western History will have the intellectual vision and practical skills necessary to present, interpret and build a vibrant collection of western artifacts to utilize in though-provoking exhibitions.

Applicants must have a proven record of creating and effectively managing the production of exhibits on diverse historical themes across the 19th and 20th century and demonstrate the use of innovative programming concepts and delivery applied to inspire visitors to learn more about western history and the relationship between people and the natural and cultural resources of the region.  The successful candidate will conduct public education programs and must have excellent presentation and written skills. Teaching experience and experience working with collections is a plus.

For a complete job description and application instructions, visit the High Desert Museum online<http://highdesertmuseum.org/job-opportunities>.


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