[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2015-11-16

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Mon Nov 16 13:56:36 PST 2015

In this issue:
1.  Cemeteries Commission seeks new members
2.  Grants available for veterans and war memorials
3.  Archaeological group offers grants for student trips
4.  Digitization project training offered online
5.  UO preservation graduate program moving to Portland


The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking volunteers to fill open positions representing northeastern Oregon, southern Oregon and the greater Portland area.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; make recommendations for funding; obtain grants funding; seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries; and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The Commission is seeking members with knowledge related to cemeteries, historic preservation, genealogy, cultural and burial practices of ethnic groups found in Oregon, archaeology, landscaping and native plants, and history.

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects, programs and grant selection. Commissioners are also asked to provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

The commission is particularly seeking a representative from the northeast and southern parts of the state and the greater Portland area, but all are encouraged to apply. Please apply before Dec. 20.

More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at www.oregonheritage.org<http://www.oregonheritage.org> . To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov<mailto:Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov>. Please include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to its work, and ideas or goals you have for your participation. If you have further questions please email Kuri Gill or call at 503-986-0685.


The Oregon Heritage division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering grants for the construction or restoration of veterans and war memorials.

"The program is designed to honor Oregon's soldiers and veterans by commemorating their service to the country," said Kuri Gill, coordinator for the program. "Local governments may apply to build or repair monuments on public land."

New monuments should recognize veterans and wars not already recognized.  Grants for restoration could be used for broken monuments, missing elements of monuments, or the related design elements of monuments for veterans or earlier wars such as World War I.

Details and the application information are available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx  .

The application deadline is Dec. 15. For more information, contact Kuri Gill at (503) 986-0685 or Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov<mailto:Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov>


The Oregon Archaeological Society has established a new program to provide grants to help expose public school students (grades 3-12) to archaeologically or historically important locations, resources, or experiences in the Pacific Northwest or to special archaeology-themed exhibits in the region.

The society helped send in 2014 more than 100 students from Portland schools on trips to places like Columbia Hills State Park (Native American rock art), the Portland Art Museum (archaeological collection) and the Lelooska Foundation Living History Program. The program goal is to stimulate an interest in archaeology and cultures in the Pacific Northwest.

Teachers will find a list of possible trips at http://www.oregonarchaeological.org/places-to-visit/.  Information and a grant application is available at the society's website http://www.oregonarchaeological.org/school-field-trips-grant-program/ . Founded in 1951, the society is a non-profit whose primary mission is to educate the public and promote an interest in archaeology.


The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced a new training module for institutions<http://dp.la/info/about/projects/public-library-partnerships/planning-for-digitization/> getting ready for digitization projects.

The Public Library Partnerships Project curriculum is intended for cultural heritage professionals who are new to digitization. It was designed to provide useful conceptual and practical information about each stage of the process to a beginner audience.

The curriculum covers planning for digitization, selecting content for a digitization project, understanding copyright, using metadata to describe digital content, digital reformatting and file management, and promoting use of digital content.

The DPLA's partnerships project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, worked with existing DPLA service hubs to provide digital skills training for public librarians and connect them sustainably with state and regional resources for digitizing, describing, and exhibiting their cultural heritage content.

In this project, DPLA worked with state and regional Hubs Digital Commonwealth, Digital Library of Georgia, Minnesota Digital Library, Montana Memory Project, and Mountain West Digital Library to write and iterate a workshop curriculum based on documented best practices. This curriculum is available in a self-guided version intended for digitization beginners. It can be shared, reused, and adapted.


The University of Oregon's Historic Preservation Program is relocating its master's degree program from the Eugene campus to Portland beginning fall term 2016.

The program, in its 35th year, is one of three graduate degree preservation programs located in the West.
"We are excited to relocate to Portland and work with the next generation of cultural heritage professionals in the research and practice of sustainable historic preservation and other leading issues that define the field of heritage conservation today," says Kingston Heath, director of the program. The program focuses on research in preservation theory and practice, concentrating on the cultural, historical, technological and environmental factors that shape our world.

"The relocation presents an opportunity to take what is already a highly successful and prominent program to the next level as far as its ability to serve the needs of the state, region and nation and to prepare future generations of preservationists to engage in critical and culturally significant work," says Brook Muller, interim dean of the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts.
The program will benefit from the historic resources in Portland-collections of historic components, historic preservation organizations and public policy advocates, as well as the city's many historic districts and buildings.

"The city of Portland's longstanding commitment to sustainability, adaptive reuse and preservation of historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes and districts makes this an exciting opportunity for students to live and work in this active preservation community," Heath says.

The master's degree program will be located in the White Stag Block, which the UO Foundation purchased in November from Venerable Group Inc., in Portland. Since 2008, several UO programs have occupied space in the White Stag Block, where Venerable Group, Inc. also has its office.
The idea to relocate the UO preservation program to Portland has been in the making for several years. Venerable Group, Inc. founder Art DeMuro, who died in 2012, left a legacy gift to UO to establish funding to increase faculty positions, student scholarships, and move the program to Portland. The university received approval for the move at the September meeting of the state's Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
An undergraduate minor in historic preservation will continue to be offered in Eugene. Applications for graduate student enrollment in fall 2016 are due Jan. 15. To apply, visit the Historic Preservation Program website<http://hp.uoregon.edu/admissions-process> .

Oregon Heritage News is a service of Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The news editor can be contacted at heritage.info at oregon.gov<mailto:heritage.info at oregon.gov>

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