[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2015-07-22

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Wed Jul 22 10:17:53 PDT 2015

In this Issue
1. Registration opens for Oregon Main Street Conference, The Dalles, Oct. 7-9
2. FDLP Digitization Projects Registry now available
3. Digital Newspaper Program now offers lessons plans for K-12
4. C2C offers collection care webinar on storage reorganization, Aug. 5
5. Reserve Aug. 16 for cemetery preservation workshop in Albany
6. Deadline approaches for 2015 Demuro award nominations


Registration is now open for the 2015 Oregon Main Street Conference, Oct. 7 – 9, in historic downtown at The Dalles. Get ready to be inspired! Make new connections and get new tools to keep your downtown vibrant and competitive in today’s market. To register, visit http://www.omsconference.eventbrite.com. Remember, attendance is free for communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network.

This year’s conference will offer proven ideas and strategies for preservation-based revitalization that is relevant to rural, mid-sized, and urban communities. The conference is a great way to look at the “big picture” of downtown revitalization by discovering fresh ideas and learning numerous ways to turn your historic downtown or neighborhood commercial district into a bustling center of activity. Sessions will cover a variety of topics for both beginners and those with experience. The format includes bus and walking tours, lectures and networking time.

Known earlier in its history as the town at the end of the Oregon Trail, The Dalles is one of Oregon's most historic cities. Its downtown is a designated National Historic District, which features many fantastic architectural treasures. Now undergoing a revival, downtown is home to many unique stores and dining experiences. The Dalles Main Street has lined-up historic venues for breakout sessions, cast a colorful bunch of local characters to lead walking/driving tours, and inspired the business community to roll out the red carpet!

The opening plenary will take place at the Old St. Peter’s Landmark. Built in 1897 and saved from demolition in 1971, this Gothic brick landmark will also serve as the location of the coveted Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards and an inspiring and provocative keynote address by nationally known revitalization consultant Donovan Rypkema. “Main Street Right from the Start”, the title of his remarks, will focus on the immeasurable impact that Main Street has had on downtown revitalization approaches and the importance of historic preservation in economic development strategies.

Conference sites are fully accessible. Sign language interpreters and materials in alternate format are available. Call Oregon Main Street at (503)-986-0679 at least two weeks in advance to request special accommodations. For further event details and registration information, visit http://www.omsconference.eventbrite.com. For questions, email Sheri Stuart<mailto:sheri.stuart at oregon.gov>.


The Government Publishing Office’s Digital Projects Registry is now publically available online. Designed to capture an inventory of digitization projects undertaken by libraries, U.S. Government agencies, and non-profit institutions, the goal of the Registry is to increase access to historical U.S. Government publications that were previously only available in print format. If your digital collections contain any federal government publications, you should consider describing them in the Registry. It is very helpful for others who are planning digitization projects to learn about completed undertakings. Categories include Arts and Humanities, Business and Economy, General Interest, Legal and Regulatory, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Technology and Applied Sciences. Recent additions include NASA images<http://registry.fdlp.gov/new-listings/technology-a-applied-sciences/402-nasa-images> and War Relocation Authority documents from the state of Ohio, dating 1942-1946<http://registry.fdlp.gov/new-listings/social-sciences/315-war-relocation-authority>.

Is your organization in the midst of a digitization project? Apply to contribute to the Digitization Projects Registry, and increase awareness of your institution’s digitization projects. It also serves as a helpful resource in determining what collections to digitize for those planning digitization projects. For further information, visit the Digitization Projects Registry<http://registry.fdlp.gov/new-listings/social-sciences/315-war-relocation-authority> online.


The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP) now offers lesson plans that align with Oregon Common Core State Standards for use in K – 12 classrooms. University of Oregon’s UOTeach Master’s Program graduate Erin Choi incorporated primary source content from newspapers found in the ODNP’s Historic Oregon Newspapers online and the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website, and aligned the new lesson plans with Common Core standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Social Sciences.

The lesson plans target Grade 4 ELA standards and Grade 4 Social Sciences standards for Oregon History topics, and Grades 6-8 ELA standards and Grades 6-8 Social Sciences standards for American History. However, K – 12 educators can adapt all of the lesson plans to any grade level, utilize the plans as they come, or insert relevant articles and activity ideas into their existing lessons.

Check out the K-12 Resources page<http://odnp.uoregon.edu/k-12-resources/> for links to applicable Oregon Common Core State Standards and ODNP lesson plans, as well as additional resources. To learn more about the ODNP, visit ODNP.uoregon.edu<http://odnp.uoregon.edu/>.


Connecting to Collections Care Online Community (C2C) will offer a free webinar titled, “RE-ORG: Step-by-Step Storage Reorganization for Small Museums” from 2 – 3 p.m., Aug. 5.

As museum collections continue to grow, adequate storage space is a rare commodity. A recent international survey indicated that roughly two thirds of collections in storage were at serious risk. With poor storage conditions, museums find it challenging to use collections for enjoyment, research or education; moreover, it may compromise effective emergency response. Re-ORG, developed by ICCROM and UNESCO, is a step-by-step methodology to assist small museums in reorganizing their storage areas for better access and conservation. RE-ORG focuses on making improvements to existing storage areas – not on planning and building new facilities. This webinar is an introduction to the RE-ORG methodology and various tools (both current and upcoming), and to the Canadian Conservation Institute’s RE-ORG: Canada training program.

For further information, and to register, visit C2C online<http://www.connectingtocollections.org/re-org-step-by-step-storage-reorganization-for-small-museums/>.


The Willamette Valley Jewish Community Burial Society will sponsor a cemetery preservation workshop from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Aug. 16 at the Albany Hebrew Cemetery (also known as the Waverly Jewish Cemetery). Sally Donovan, of Donovan and Associates and an expert in historic preservation, will lead the workshop. To get to the cemetery, take Pacific Blvd. (Hwy. 99E) to Albany Ave. (near the east end of Waverly Lake). Albany Ave. connects to Salem Ave. Turn left on Salem Ave., then take the first right into the cemetery. Attendees will learn how to clean headstones without damaging them and how to complete cemetery survey forms. For questions and further information email Amy Buccola<mailto:joizygirl at hotmail.com> or Joni Plotkin<mailto:joniplotkin at yahoo.com>.


The deadline to submit nominations to Restore Oregon for the 2015 DeMuro Awards is Aug. 7.  Named after developer and preservationist Art DeMuro, the award honors outstanding examples of preservation and adaptive reuse of historic homes and buildings, as well as compatible infill development in historic districts across the state. Restore Oregon will present the awards at its annual Restoration Celebration on Nov. 13 in Portland. To download a nomination form, visit Restore Oregon online<http://restoreoregon.org/demuro-award/>.


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