[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2016-04-13

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Wed Apr 13 15:21:52 PDT 2016

In this issue:
1.  Two appointed to Historic Cemeteries Commission
2.  UO museum gains national accreditation
3.  Tamástslikt to dedicate solar carport
4.  Northwest History Network offers small grants
5.  Willamette University seeks archives intern
6.  "Succeeding with Heritage Tourism" is topic of workshops next week


Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Sumption has appointed Bev Power of Medford and Kim Morley of Portland to the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.

Power is the cemetery commission liaison and cemetery sexton with the Medford Parks and Recreation Department. Morley is general manager at Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary and an active member of the Cemetery Association of Oregon.

"The commission is pleased to welcome both of them," said program coordinator Kuri Gill. "Ms. Power brings interest and knowledge in electronic mapping and technology to assist in day-to-day management of cemeteries.  Ms. Morley brings interest and knowledge in active cemeteries and current mortuary practices."

Power appreciates the benefit of new resources for cemetery management. "I was fortunate to have learned the 'old' ways of cemetery management as it created a great sense of appreciation for technologies now available," she said.

Morley takes her interest in cemeteries beyond her professional career. "One of my hobbies to is to travel to older cemeteries in other cities or states to discover a part of the history that you can't find in books," she said.

The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries supports OPRD historic cemetery preservation efforts by offering training, educational resources, coordination and grants. For more information, visit the program website<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OCHC/Pages/index.aspx> or contact historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685.


The University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History<http://natural-history.uoregon.edu/> has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. The highest national distinction afforded to U.S. museums, the alliance's accreditation recognizes the museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continuous improvement.

Nationwide, only 16 percent of university-based museums and eight percent of natural history and anthropology museums carry this distinction.

"Accreditation is a badge of honor for the museum and the University of Oregon," said museum executive director Jon Erlandson. "It means that the MNCH is exemplifying national best practices in research, collections management and education."

The recent accreditation decision was the result of a rigorous process, begun in 2012, that examined all aspects of the museum's operations.

"The process itself has been extremely rewarding," Erlandson said. "It provided us with the opportunity to self-assess, refine our vision, and articulate a strategic plan that will guide the museum's continued growth through 2024."


A dedication ceremony inaugurating the new solar panel carports at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute near Pendleton will take place at 11 a.m. April 22. Speakers from the various funders as well as the Umatilla Confederated Tribes and the Tamástslikt Trust Board will be present and a blessing will take place. The public is invited to attend.

[cid:image003.jpg at 01D19598.338FE150]Tamástslikt's solar energy project is called "Híisemtuks" in Nez Perce, meaning the sun (as well as moon or luminary).

"Last year's construction of a wind turbine and the current addition of the solar panels recognize how the sun and wind helped our ancestors preserve traditional foods for storage. Now these same two resources are helping us care for the planet and reduce our electric bill," says Bobbie Conner, director of Tamástslikt Cultural Institute.

With a funding award of $350,000 from customers of Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program and a $78,138 cash incentive from Energy Trust, Tamástslikt constructed two solar carports with a combined capacity of 123kW to reduce the expense of its energy consumption. The solar panels will produce enough energy annually to power 13 average Northwest homes.


The Northwest History Network is offering grants through its Microfunding Program for emerging history projects. The project seeks applications for competitive awards of up to $250 to fund equipment, services, and other one-time needs for history projects. Proposed projects should advance one or more of the network's organizational goals.

Proposals are due July 1. For more information, visit the network's website<http://www.northwesthistory.org/>.


Willamette University's Department of Archives and Special Collections<http://library.willamette.edu/archives/> is offering a full-time, 10-week, paid internship for summer 2016. This opportunity is crafted as a processing internship to provide the incumbent with practical experience while working closely with Willamette's archival staff. The focus will be a collection of materials documenting the mid-Willamette Valley's art and cultural scene during the second half of the 20th century as assembled by Oregon artist, visionary and cultural impresario Jack Eyerly<http://www.oregonlive.com/art/index.ssf/2014/05/jack_eyerly_artist_and_connect.html>.  The Jack Eyerly Collection is a part of the Pacific Northwest Artists Archive<http://library.willamette.edu/archives/collections/pnaa/>.

To apply, send by April 30 a letter of application articulating qualifications and interest in the position; current résumé detailing relevant coursework and experience; letter of recommendation; and names and contact information for two references to Mary McRobinson, University Archivist, Willamette University, 900 State St., Salem, OR 97301 or mmcrobin at willamette.edu<mailto:mmcrobin at willamette.edu>


"Succeeding with Heritage Tourism: Market Information, Resources and Ideas for Attracting More Visitors through Creative Collaboration" will be presented April 20 in Pendleton and April 21 in John Day.

You may already know that heritage tourists tend to take longer trips, spend more money and seek a wide range of activities when they travel. So if you're interested in drawing more heritage tourists to your attraction, you may want to explore creative collaborations with other rural tourism draws in your area, including outdoor recreation, the arts and agritourism.

Join us for free half-day workshops custom designed for Central and Eastern Oregon. The workshops are sponsored by the Oregon Heritage Commission, with statewide partner funds provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The workshops will give you information, examples, working tools, new contacts and networking opportunities to strengthen your own attraction as a draw and build collaborations that create uniquely satisfying visitor experiences!

The workshops will run from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Choose from two convenient locations:
*         Wednesday, April 20, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Rd., Pendleton
*         Thursday April 21, Juniper Hall, Malheur National Forest/Blue Mountain Ranger District Office, 431 Patterson Bridge Rd., John Day

Pre-registration is requested. Just send an email to heritage.info at oregon.gov with your name, email address and workshop location. For additional information, contact Kyle Jansson at heritage.info at oregon.gov or 503-986-0673.

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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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