[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2016-04-29

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Fri Apr 29 14:42:45 PDT 2016

In this issue:
1.  University scholars to present at Heritage Conference
2.  Applications sought for posts on Oregon Heritage Commission


Three Oregon university students will present research findings May 6 at the Oregon Heritage Conference in Salem. The presentations will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the Oregon State Capitol, and are free and open to the public.

The three students have been named Oregon Heritage Fellows by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, based on the strength of both their scholastic achievement and their research topics. The fellowships encourage the thoughtful inquiry of Oregon's heritage by emerging scholars.

"The Fellows conduct original research into the diverse history of Oregon, often on topics that have drawn less attention from more-experienced historians," explains Chrissy Curran, assistant director with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.  "We believe it is important that their research is presented to the public."

The Fellows, their schools and topics are:
         Cassie M. Gray-Jeffries, Eastern Oregon University. "False Freedom: Japanese Americans in Eastern Oregon During the Internment Period."
         Kira Lesley, Portland State University. "Making Room for Roses: Portland's 1911 Decision to Relocate the Municipal Poor Farm."
         Taylor Rose, Portland State University. "Preeminently A People's Forest: Roads, Recreation, and Wilderness in Mt. Hood National Forest, 1912-1964."

Eliza Canty-Jones, editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, will moderate the session.

The Oregon Heritage Conference May 4-7 brings together staff and volunteers from historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums, tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and tribal governments. To find more information and register for the conference, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx>


There will be two appointed positions on the Oregon Heritage Commission that will be expiring June 30. Requests for appointment are now being accepted.

The Heritage Commission's nine members represent a diversity of cultural, geographic and institutional interests. The Commission is the primary agency for coordination of heritage activities in the state. This includes carrying out the Oregon Heritage Plan<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/docs/OregonHeritagePlan.pdf>, increasing efficiency and avoiding duplication among interest groups, developing plans for coordination among agencies and organizations, encouraging tourism related to heritage resources, and coordinating statewide anniversary celebrations.

All Oregon residents are encouraged to apply for appointment. The Heritage Commission is especially seeking members with knowledge and experience related to community institutions, tourism, education, or communications/marketing.  It also particularly seeks members who are from ethnic groups, who are under 35 years of age, or who live in central Oregon.

The group meets four-six times per year in changing locations around the state, including by phone. Commissioners are also asked to occasionally participate in meetings or events in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time. Commissioners are reimbursed for their travel and related expenses while conducting official commission business.

More information about the Oregon Heritage Commission is available online at www.oregonheritage.org<http://www.oregonheritage.org> and from Commission coordinator Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson at oregon.gov<mailto:kyle.jansson at oregon.gov> .

To request appointment, go to Gov. Kate Brown's Boards and Commissions webpage at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/Boards-and-Commissions.aspx .  For full consideration for the vacancies, please submit your request by May 24.

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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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