[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2015-06-11

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Thu Jun 11 08:36:41 PDT 2015

In this Issue
1. Cemeteries Commission meeting, marker repair workshop, set for July 17 - 18
2. Historic Preservation Committee set to meet June 19 in Portland
3. Albany Hebrew Cemetery, Lippincott House latest National Register listings
4. Deadline looms for OMA Session Proposals
5. Oregon Burial Site Guides still available
6. OHSU Library receives LSTA grant funding
7. UO seeks planning associate


Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places beginning at 1:15 p.m. on June 19 at the Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Ave., Portland.

The committee will review proposed nominations for the Henry Cyrus Barn in the Lebanon vicinity, Linn County; settlement-era Andrew Jackson Masters House in Hillsboro; and Portland’s former Washington High School.

Nominations recommended by the SACHP go to the National Park Service, which maintains the Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Members of the Committee hold credentials in many historic preservation-related fields.

To review an agenda and other meeting documents visit Oregon Heritage online<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/pages/nrhp_sachphome.aspx>. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. For special accommodations, call (503) 986-0655.


The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will conduct a public meeting from 1-4 p.m. July 17 at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave., Bend. The Commission will also offer a historic cemetery and marker repair workshop from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., July 18 at the Tumalo Pioneer Cemetery, about 1.8 miles north of Tumalo on the Cline Falls Highway. The workshop will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling and repair.

Participants should bring their lunch, snacks, water to drink, a stool or folding chair to sit on, gloves to wear, a hat, sunscreen, appropriate clothing as this is a hands on workshop, comfortable shoes, a pen and note pad and camera if they want to take photos during the workshop.

State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn about the workshop or to get more information on historic cemeteries visit www.oregonheritage.org<http://www.oregonheritage.org/> or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov<mailto:Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov> or 503-986-0685.


The Albany Hebrew Cemetery in Albany, and the William J. and Sarah Wagner Lippincott House outside Williams, in Josephine County are among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The 1878 Albany Hebrew Cemetery, now known as the Waverly Jewish Cemetery, is located northeast of downtown Albany and occupies approximately two acres within the larger Waverly Memorial Park Masonic cemetery. When founded, it was the only Jewish cemetery between Portland and San Francisco. The earliest grave within the cemetery is dated 1877, and belongs to the daughter of the Isaac and Bertha Senders, an early merchant family in Albany. By the 1880s, Albany had the largest Jewish population in Oregon outside Portland. The town hosted 15 Jewish families, a cemetery, a benevolent society, and a B’nai Brith lodge in 1888. By 1924, however, the congregation recognized that their numbers were declining and came to an agreement with the Masons to take over and care for the cemetery. The Waverly Jewish Cemetery remains an active burial ground today. The only Jewish cemetery between Portland and Eugene, it represents one of twenty historic properties in Albany individually listed in the National Register, and one of approximately 30 cemeteries in Oregon listed in the Register.

Completed in 1851, the William J. and Sarah Wagner Lippincott House is a Modern-style, single-family house designed by architect Winifred Scott Wellington, a faculty member at University of California, Berkeley. The Lippincotts, who were both archaeologists, re-located to Oregon from the Southwest, where they had run a trading post and championed the arts of the Navajo Indians. When they purchased the property in 1948, it consisted of an 800-acre ranch. They hired Wellington, who had designed an addition to Wide Ruins, their trading post, and possessed a strong interest in regional architecture. He utilized Northwest woods and Arizona stone in the design of the house. Considered one of the finest examples of post-World War II Contemporary or Modern style architectural design in southern Oregon, and a rare example in Josephine County, the Lippincott House is the only Modern residence and one of fifty-nine individual historic properties in Josephine County now listed in the National Register.

The Lippincotts returned to the Southwest in the early 1950s. Edwin N. and Bonnie Lippert purchased the property and continued ranching operations. Steve Miller, of the Steve Miller band, owned the property from 1976 to 1986 and built an on-site recording studio. Today Pacifica: A Garden in the Siskiyous, a non-profit foundation, owns the 400-plus-acre-property and operates it as a nature center, botanic garden, school and community center.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the Albany Hebrew Cemetery and the Lippincott House nominations during their February 2015 meeting. The National Park Service maintains the National Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. For further information about these and other Oregon listings, visit Oregon Heritage online<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/Pages/index.aspx>.


With a grant through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) Library will digitize rare and unique collections on public health in Oregon, and provide open access to the scientific data they contain.

OHSU Historical Collections and Archives holds extensive 19th-20th century materials on public health in Oregon, including manuscripts, photographs, publications, maps, and more. Historians, journalists, and health professionals have long consulted these materials for research on the history of public health. However, the analog format locks out patrons, preventing access to rich collections of data in scientific research fields such as public health, environmental science, epidemiology, and bioinformatics. This legacy data has potential to be of great benefit in today's world, if made digitally accessible through curation and electronic transformation.

Among the collections selected for this project are death records, public health surveys, Oregon's earliest medical journals, photographs, and institutional records. Many of the records deal with minorities, women, rural populations, and those under-served in health care. OHSU Library will provide the public with a robust, online resource for accessing both the digitized materials and the data they contain.

The project partners OHSU Historical Collections and Archives with the OHSU Ontology Development Group, as part of the library's efforts to develop innovative data services. The project director is Maija Anderson, Head of Historical Collections and Archives. The project team includes Max Johnson, University Archivist; Shahim Essaid, Ontology Development Group; and student assistants Sherra Hopkins and Rachel Blume. For additional information about this project, email Maija Anderson<mailto:andermai at ohsu.edu>.

Are you considering a digitization project for your organization? Oregon Heritage has published a series of Heritage Bulletins that will guide you through the stages of planning and implementing your project, as well as information about stewardship and curation of your digitized materials. Take the first step by downloading Heritage Bulletin 21: Planning a Digitization Project<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/Heritage_Bulletins/HB_21_Digitization_Projects_Planning.pdf>, which outlines how to plan a digitization project, including accessing the risks, costs and technology involved. Follow-up by reviewing the companion Bulletins (Heritage Bulletin 22: Implementing a Digitization Project<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/Heritage_Bulletins/HB_22_Digitization_Projects_Implementation.pdf> and Heritage Bulletin 23: Digital Stewardship and Curation<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/Heritage_Bulletins/HB_23_Digitization_Projects_Stewardship_Curation.pdf>) to become well informed about the entire scope of a digitization project.


There are still a few days to submit a session proposal for the Oregon Museums Association Annual Conference, October 11-13, at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton. This year's theme, “Telling the Whole Story: Diversity and Change in Today’s Museums”, will highlight how museum professionals can broaden and enrich cultural offerings as they respond to changing audiences, collections, budgets, and environments. The proposal deadline is June 15. Visit OMA online for a proposal form<http://www.oregonmuseums.org/Resources/Documents/OMA_Call%20for%20Proposals.pdf>.


Need to find an elusive cemetery in Oregon? The "Oregon Burial Site Guide" may be what you need! This monster-sized book will help you locate any cemetery on a USGS map; locate the DLC where it may be situated, the year of its listing with a county as a cemetery and much more. To learn more email Janice Healy<mailto:jmhealy1 at comcast.net> or Stanley Clarke<mailto:srclarke at ix.netcom.com>.


The University of Oregon (UO) is seeking a planning associate in its Campus Planning Office. The position will provide leadership and expertise in specialty areas, including historic preservation. The application deadline is July 1. For a complete job description and application instructions, visit UO online<http://jobs.uoregon.edu/unclassified.php?id=5164>.


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