[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2015-05-21

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Thu May 21 08:45:38 PDT 2015

In this Issue
1. Bulletin provides grave marker cleaning details in time for Memorial Day
2. Historic Preservation Month Fair set for May 28, Salem
3. “Why Do Old Places Matter” webinar set for June 9
4. Online Workshop “Intangible Cultural Heritage” starts June 10
5. MAP deadline set for July 1
6. David and Marianne Ott House listed on National Register
7. Thompson’s Mill offers “Be a Pioneer Kid” program this summer


Cemeteries see many visitors on Memorial Day. We have all visited cemeteries with monuments covered in vines and moss or caked on dirt. Many of us want to clean them up; however, sometimes our best intentions can cause harm to the markers. Heritage Bulletin 3: How to Clean Cemetery Markers<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/heritage_bulletins/hb_3_marker_cleaning.pdf> provides steps for cleaning the markers as well as information about the proper equipment and cleaning supplies to have on hand to help protect and preserve them. Visit Oregon Heritage online<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/Pages/Bulletins.aspx> for a complete list of helpful Heritage Bulletins.


Heritage Programs will host the seventh annual Preservation Month Fair as part of National Historic Preservation Month from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 28 at State Capitol State Park (on the north side of Court Street, opposite the Capitol building) in Salem. Community organizations and several state agencies will highlight the history of their institutions and their work to preserve important sites related to historic events, persons, and places.

Fair participants (28 community organizations and several state agencies) will display historic military vehicles (including an operating World War II M3A1 Stuart Light Tank and a Korean War Jeep), artifacts, and engaging exhibits that tell Oregon's story and highlight the contributions of individuals and organizations to local preservation projects. The event also includes a tour of the Capitol dome at 11:30 a.m. Meet at the information kiosk in the Capitol.


Inspired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s series of essays exploring the role that historic places play in everyday life, this webinar examines the fundamental and pragmatic reasons that old places are good for people. Join three international historic preservation experts as they discuss how old places give people a sense of continuity and identity, fill their lives with beauty, creativity, lifelong learning, and foster community, and in turn, how these seemingly intangible elements make a powerful contribution to smart growth’s goals of community revitalization, sustainability and economic development. For further information, visit Smart Growth online<http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event;jsessionid=90B563BFE53050562053C03B7AD742B6.worker_registrant?llr=avw45wcab&oeidk=a07eb10fvdd5a811518>.


The University of British Columbia (UBC) Centre for Cultural Planning and Development is offering a new online professional development workshop titled, “Intangible Cultural Heritage”, from 3 – 5 p.m., June 10, 17 and 24. Participants can take this workshop as professional development, or apply it to the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning – an international professional learning program delivered 100 percent online. Registration closes May 27.

Join instructor Marilyn Truscott for this workshop, which focuses on questions around UNESCO’s recognition of Intangible Cultural Heritage; its identification, protection and sustainability; the role of the associated community; and, the connection of intangible heritage to tangible heritage – place and object. Participants will identify issues and critique intangible heritage practices from around the world. Live, real-time sessions combine theoretical discussion with practical examples. There is an online discussion forum to continue the conversation with other practitioners between live sessions.

For further information, visit UBC online<https://cstudies.ubc.ca/courses/online-workshop-intangible-cultural-heritage/uc013>.


It is time to apply for a MAP! Supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) helps museums assess their strengths and weaknesses, and plan for the future.
A MAP assessment requires members of the museum staff and governing authority to complete a self-study. After completion of the self-study, one or more museum professionals will conduct a site study, which involves a tour of the museum and meetings with staff, governing officials, and volunteers. The reviewers work with the museum and MAP staff to produce a report evaluating the museum's operations, making recommendations, and suggesting resources.
There are three types of MAP assessments. An Organizational Assessment involves a review of all areas of operations. A Collections Stewardship Assessment focuses on collections policies, planning access, documentation, and collections care within the context of the museum's total operations. The Community Engagement Assessment assesses the museum's understanding of and relationship with its communities as well as its communities' perceptions of and experiences with the museum. Eligible organizations should select one of the assessment types and prepare an application.

To receive application notifications via email, contact the Map staff<mailto:map at aam-us.org>.  Visit the American Alliance of Museums online<http://aam-us.org/resources/assessment-programs/MAP> for applications materials and additional information.


Constructed in 1952, the David and Marianne Ott House is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. The Ott House is one of Pacific Northwest architect John W. Storrs’ earliest residences in the Northwest Regional style. Storrs, who practiced in Oregon from 1949 through the late 1970s, moved to Portland after finishing graduate studies in architecture at Yale University. He soon set up his own practice, primarily designing residences. Storrs knew Marianne Ott’s parents, Walter H. and Florence Holmes Gerke. Prominent landscape architects in the Portland area, the Gerkes introduced Storrs to the Otts, and they hired him to design their house.

Known throughout western Oregon for his interpretation of the Northwest Regional style expressed in everything from residences to large-scale resorts, Storrs’s best-known work occurred later in his career and included the Portland Garden Club; Salishan Lodge in Gleneden Beach and the Western Forestry Center in Portland’s Washington Park. The Ott House is one of Storrs early houses and one of the few from this era that retains its historic character. It is the only known house to he designed in a semi-rural location. The Otts bought the property because of the land associated with it, which was in agriculture. It retains this semi-rural ambience today, and the agricultural land is still in use. Marianne Ott still lives in the house.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building’s nomination in their February 2015 meeting. It joins seven other individually listed historic properties in Gresham, and is one of two Modern, post-war houses. The National Register is a list maintained by the National Park Service 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>.


A visit to Thompson’s Mill State Park, located in Shedd, will present 8 – 12 year olds the opportunity to “Be a Pioneer Kid” on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – noon though the summer.  The program, which began May 2, provides hands-on activities that teach the steps of making flour at the 150-year-old, water-powered mill. For further information, visit Thompson’s Mill State Park online<http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=186>, or call (541) 491-3611.


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>.

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