[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2015-10-22

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Thu Oct 22 11:07:04 PDT 2015

In this issue:
1.  Heritage Commission meets Nov. 2 by phone
2.  Spend Halloween at the Oregon State Archives
3.  Lone Fir schedules ‘Untimely Departures’
4.  Heritage bulletins support cemetery work
5.  Cultural heritage media conference seeks proposals


The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet by phone at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 2.  The agenda includes approval of minutes from its Sept. 21 meeting and approval of Oregon Heritage grants.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations.

The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, contact coordinator Kyle Jansson<mailto:kyle.jansson at oregon.gov> at 503-986-0673.

The meeting is open to the public. A public listening room will be available at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department offices, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting by calling 503-986-0690.


The Oregon State Archives will host an open house with tours into the records storage area, opportunities to do research and other fun activities from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31. The event<http://sos.oregon.gov/archives/Pages/archives-month-2015.aspx> is part of Oregon Archives Month and funded with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Participants will also be able to view the new exhibit "I Found It in the Archives​" The exhibit highlights some of the records unearthed by researchers, volunteers and staff that illustrate the more unique records. The Oregon State Archives is located at 800 Summer St. NE.


For the 10th year, Portlanders will celebrate Halloween by walking among the gravestones in historic Lone Fir Cemetery. The Tour of Untimely Departures presents guided tours Oct. 31 of illustrious cemetery “residents” played by local actors telling the life-and-death stories. This year’s unfortunate deaths involve a cesspool, suicide via hot air balloon and a forensic experiment where doctors thought that, by removing the eyes of the deceased, they could view the last image the person had seen.

The event is a joint endeavor by nonprofit Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery and Metro, the greater Portland area’s elected regional government, which owns and operates 14 historic cemeteries. The event is a way to prevent what had become a night of vandalism in the cemetery located on Southeast 26th Avenue between Southeast Morrison and Stark streets.
In addition to two tour routes, sections of the cemetery will be marked so that cemetery staff and visitors can easily locate graves. Last year, more than 1,500 people toured the cemetery on Halloween night. There will be two different 45-minute tour routes. Guests can elect to go on one or both tours.

For more information, visit the Friends of Lone Fir website<http://www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org/> or the Metro event webpage<http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/tour-untimely-departures-0/2015-10-31>. Advance tickets are sold out. For patient people willing to wait in line, there will be 600 tickets available at the gate on a first-come, first-served basis. The gate opens at 5 p.m.


Cemeteries interest some people only on some days such as Halloween or Memorial Day, but for Oregon Heritage cemeteries are an every day interest. To help others with interest in cemeteries, it has created more than 10 guides to assist people and organizations operating or interested in cemeteries. These easy-to-use guides<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/Pages/Bulletins.aspx> cover topics such as state laws pertaining to historic cemeteries, cleaning cemetery markers, tips to avoiding vandalism, funerary folk art, gravestone symbols and more.

For more information about the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, contact Kuri Gill<mailto:kuri.gill at oregon.gov> at 503-986-0685.


A conference of diverse people and organizations with an interest in cultural heritage media and its changing use will take place May 11-15 in Eugene. Proposals for presentations are due Oct. 31.

Conference organizers say the media world is in a state of flux because of developments in audiovisual technology and a widespread exploration of and experimentation in new media.  Professional disciplines such as archaeology and education are searching for the best uses of media to convey their messages and information to students and other members of the public.  Educators are testing new ways to put film productions in front of students, diversifying the ways by which they learn from film, video and audio programming.

The conference will take place during the Archaeology Channel’s International Film and Video Festival. For more information, visit the conference website<http://archaeologychannel.org/events-guide/tac-conference-on-cultural-heritage-media-2016>.

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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