[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2015-11-21

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Fri Nov 20 10:05:59 PST 2015

In this issue:
1.  Historic architectural metals featured in exhibit
2.  Online digital resources grow around the state
3.  Cow Creek Band of Umpqua seeks archaeologist
4.  New endangered places list adds seven
5.  Nominations sought for heritage tree champions award


In Portland, the use of metal as a building material dates to the Victorian era, with the construction of new commercial and institutional buildings. This trend only increased with the interest in fire-proofing following an 1873 blaze that destroyed much of downtown. Cast-iron, bronze, brass, copper, zinc and many other metals were used to build everything from decorative cornices and doorknobs, bathtubs and balustrades, railings, storefronts and just about every component, decorative or structural, of new construction.

Using examples from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation's collection of nearly 2,000 metal artifacts, an exhibit at the Architectural Heritage Center tells the story of the variety of metals found in late 19th - early 20th century Portland architecture. Many of these items were produced locally and with some now nearly 150 years old, they were clearly built to last. The exhibit is supported by a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Curator Morgen Young explores the use of these metals, highlighting local producers. Most artifacts on display have never before been showcased publicly, at least since their recovery from demolished buildings by Jerry Bosco, Ben Milligan, Bill Hawkins, and others. The Architectural Heritage Center<http://visitahc.org/> is located at 701 SE Grand Ave., Portland.


n  More than 9,000 pages of historic newspaper content have been added to the Historic Oregon Newspapers<http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu> website. Much of this content is from papers that served Corvallis, including Corvallis Gazette, Corvallis Times, Union Gazette, and Oregon Union. Also, pages of the Athena Press in Umatilla County have been added. The site contains more than 145 Oregon newspaper titles.

n  The OSU Libraries has completed the digitization of the Annual Cruise, the yearbook of OSU's Forestry Club published from 1920 through 1975. All volumes are now available through Oregon Digital at http://oregondigital.org/sets/annual-cruise.

n  The State Archives has updated its county records inventories<http://sos.oregon.gov/archives/Pages/records/county_records_guide.aspx> for Grant, Hood River and Lake counties. This guide includes maps, county and office histories, scenic images and a comprehensive descriptive inventory of selected records for each of Oregon's 36 counties. The inventory listings describe records available to researchers at the State Archives, county offices, local museums and other repositories.


The Cow Creek Band of the Umatilla Indian Tribes is seeking to hire an archaeologist. Under the direct supervision of the cultural resources programs manager, the archaeologist is responsible for the identification of archaeological sites and other cultural resources on tribal lands. The archaeologist conducts research, cultural resource surveys, and other appropriate duties to assist the Tribe in the management of its culturally significant places and resources. For more information visit the Cow Creek Band's website at http://www.cowcreek.com/employment/


Restore Oregon<http://restoreoregon.org/oregons-endangered-places/> released its 2016 list of Oregon's Most Endangered Places(r) this week. The organization added seven sites culled the list from nominations submitted. Each, says Restore Oregon, is historically significant and in imminent danger of being lost to hard times, development pressures, demolition, or neglect.  The list includes the A.T. Smith House, Forest Grove; Concord School, Oak Grove; the Floed-Lane House, Roseburg; Fort Rock Homestead Museum, Fort Rock; the Lindberg House, Port Orford; Oregon Caves Chateau & Historic District, Cave Junction; the Sumpter Valley Railway Depot, Prairie City; and the Upper Sandy Guard Station, Mt. Hood National Forest.


Oregon Travel Experience and the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee have opened the nomination process for the second annual Maynard Drawson Memorial Award. The award will honor an individual (or group) who has championed Oregon's trees with the same fervor and success as the award's namesake, Maynard Charles Drawson, the founder of the state Heritage Tree Program.  The deadline for award nominations is Jan. 29. Nomination applications may be found on the OTE website at http://ortravelexperience.com/news-press/call-for-nominees-2016-maynard-drawson-award/ Contact the Oregon Heritage Tree Program administrator Annie von Domitz for more information at 503-373-0864.

Oregon Travel Experience is a semi-independent state agency located in Salem with a focus on transportation. The agency and its governing Council's mission is to ensure a safe and convenient motoring experience.

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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