[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2015-03-19

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Thu Mar 19 09:00:55 PDT 2015

In this Issue
1. Six steps toward a collections care incentive
2. Hannah and Eliza Gorman House of Corvallis latest National Register listing
3. New guidelines available for 2016 Cultural Development Grants


During the next six weeks, you can take a few minutes to create a Pocket Response Plan (PREP) that will qualify you for an incentive payment from the Connecting to Collections Project. Oregon Heritage will be right there working with you along the way.

Here’s how it works. Every week – beginning next week – Oregon Heritage News will give you a section or two of the PREP to complete. Each segment takes just a few minutes to fill in with information you already have in your museum, library or archive.

At the end of six weeks, you will have finished a PREP and that qualifies you for a financial incentive from the Connecting to Collections project, funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Visit Oregon Heritage Exchange<https://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/get-prep-ed-get-paid/> for more information about the incentives.

Be ready to start next week!


The Hannah and Eliza Gorman House in Corvallis is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. The circa 1857-1866 house north of downtown is important as one of only a handful of pioneer-era houses remaining in the community. Mother and daughter Hannah and Eliza Gorman, both slaves, immigrated from Missouri over the Oregon Trail in 1844. Once freed from bondage, the two unmarried women purchased the property upon which to build their house at a time when Oregon’s exclusion laws prohibited African Americans from owning property. Built in two phases, the simple house served as their home and place of business. They became well-respected citizens in the community, working as a laundress and seamstress. After Eliza Gorman died in 1869, Hannah moved to Portland and in 1875, she sold the house and property in Corvallis.
The Hannah and Eliza Gorman House is one of a very small percentage of settlement-era dwellings remaining in the Willamette Valley, and one of even fewer buildings remaining in Oregon associated with African American pioneers.
Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building’s nomination during their October 2014 meeting. It is one of forty-two individual historic properties in Corvallis listed in the National Register. The National Park Service maintains the National Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. For further information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings, visit the Oregon Heritage website<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/Pages/index.aspx>.


The Oregon Cultural Trust website now offers Guidelines for 2016 Cultural Development Grants, slightly revised from previous years. The revisions encourage applicants to consider how they might help broaden awareness of the value of culture. Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug. 1, 2015 and July 30, 2016, and address programs in one or more of four broad areas: access, preservation, creativity and capacity. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. May 15.

Trust Manager Aili Schreiner is available for grant conversations between now and the application deadline. Email aili.schreiner at oregon.gov to schedule a call.


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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