[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2016-02-03

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Wed Feb 3 13:53:25 PST 2016

In this issue:
1.  Four added to Women of Achievement list
2.  Webinars set for digitization beginners, historic records grant applicants
3.  Care for framed objects is topic of Feb. 9 webinar
4.  Linguist, garden manager and curator sought
5.  Southern Oregon Chinese exhibit to open in mall
6.  Blog describes new Chinese-American exhibits in Portland


The Oregon Commission for Women<http://www.oregon.gov/women/pages/index.aspx> has announced the four recipients of its 2015 Women of Achievement Awards. One of the recipients is Gwendolyn Trice, founder and director of the Maxville Heritage Center<http://www.maxvilleheritage.org/>.

A native of La Grande, Trice moved back to Eastern Oregon after 18 years in Seattle.  Since then she has dedicated her time to uncovering and documenting her family's migration to the West - African American loggers who came from the Midwest with their companies in the early 1900s.  Her work has uncovered the history of logging communities and the ethnic minority workers - the African Americans, Greeks, Japanese, Chinese and Filipinos - who play an important role in Oregon history.

The Commission also noted Trice has highlighted the role of women in logging communities who worked hard under difficult conditions.  The four women will receive their awards March 9 at the State Capitol.

Since 1985 the Oregon Commission for Women has presented the Woman of Achievement Award to women in Oregon for leadership and success in their area of expertise, promoting the status of women in society, reflecting a commitment to equity and diversity, and serving as exemplary role models.


A free webinar, "Getting Started With Digitization: An Introduction for Libraries," will take place at 11 a.m. Feb. 17.
collaborators from the Digital Public Library of America's Public Library Partnerships Project will help participants think through the digitization of their archives. Using a free, online curriculum developed as part of the project, they will share tips and ideas to consider when planning the who, what, when, where, how, and why of a digital project. They will also discuss feedback from the beginners who have been through their training program. This webinar will be archived on the TechSoup for Libraries website. Register for this webinar<https://cc.readytalk.com/r/q3dnt912aqnf&eom> to receive an email notification when the archive is available. Email questions to cschimpf at techsoupglobal.org<mailto:cschimpf at techsoupglobal.org>

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission invites applications for its Access to Historical Records grant program<https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/access.html> to promote the preservation and use of historical records collections to broaden understanding of our democracy, history, and culture. The program emphasizes the creation of online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records. Potential applicants may attend pre-application webinars that are set for Feb. 11, Feb. 17 and Feb. 22. Webinar attendees will need to click on the following link (https://connect16.uc.att.com/gsa1/meet/?ExEventID=87508535) and enter their name and email address. You do not need to pre-register for these webinars. Please email alexander.lorch at nara.gov<mailto:alexander.lorch at nara.gov>  if you have questions.


Do you have a stash of framed objects and old frames and don't know what to do with them? A free national Connecting to Collections webinar will focus on the ways that smaller institutions can care for those frames and their contents safely and economically. Topics will include storage tips on a budget; whether to use glass or Plexiglas(r); the nuts and bolts of framing hardware; caring for period frames; and the advantages of using standard frame sizes. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion at the end. For more information, visit the webinar website<http://www.connectingtocollections.org/reframing-the-problem-caring-for-framed-objects-in-small-institutions-aka-on-a-budget/>.


The Klamath Tribes Culture and Heritage Department is seeking a qualified linguist. The linguist will be responsible to study the Klamath, Modoc and Paiute languages and develop lesson plans and curriculum for the Culture and Heritage Department Language Program instructors to revitalize The Klamath Tribes native language. It requests that proposals be turned into its office by 4 p.m. Feb. 26. For more information about proposals and format, contact Perry Chocktoot, director of the Culture and Heritage Department for The Klamath Tribes at 541-783-2219 x 178 or perry.chocktoot at klamathtribes.com<mailto:perry.chocktoot at klamathtribes.com> or Mandy Roberson at 541-783-2219 x140 or mandy.roberson at klamathtribes.com<mailto:mandy.roberson at klamathtribes.com>.

Gaiety Hollow, the historic Salem home that was the home, garden and studio of Lord and Schryver, two notable landscape architects who introduced a new style of gardens in the Pacific Northwest, seeks a person to be garden manager and curator.  Characterized as Beaux Arts in style with an array of plants suitable to cultivation in the region, the 0.4 acre garden is being restored to its 1932-1969 period of significance. The property is owned by the Lord & Schryver Conservancy<http://www.lord-schryverconservancy.org/>, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and interpret the legacy of Lord and Schryver and to develop the site into a cultural and educational center for the community. The position provides the opportunity for the garden manager to assume a leadership role in restoring the garden while also overseeing its maintenance. Email a cover letter expressing interest and a resume with salary requirement, including three references to: LordSchryver.applications at gmail.com.  Applications accepted through Feb. 29.


The Southern Oregon Historical Society announces that the exhibit "Courage in the Golden Valley: Southern Oregon Chinese History"<http://sohs.org/node/154804> will open Feb. 6 at the Rogue Valley Mall, 1600 N. Riverside, Medford, and continue through April 17.

Encompassing objects, photographs, and research from both Jackson and Josephine counties, this exhibition seeks to retell the story of the Chinese experience through their own objects and voices as much as possible.

Timed to coincide with the Chinese New Year celebration in Jacksonville, this exhibit draws on new research, including local archaeology, to retell the story of these people. Historians Bennet Bronson and Chuimei Ho note: "...we find ourselves tiring of victim narratives and think that Chinese-American historiography is not greatly in need of more." Instead the exhibit highlights the lives and accomplishments of Chinese individuals in an historic context, using interactives to encourage a personal connection to history.
"It's not enough to only look at the history of the Chinese community," says Debra Lee, president of the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association. "This SOHS exhibit, Courage in the Golden Valley, helps us appreciate the bounty that the valley now enjoys because of Chinese labor. They planted fields and built the railroads we use today and developed new efficiencies to reclaim gold from waste tailings."


A new Oregon Heritage Exchange blog post<https://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/dragon-dance-ohs-exhibits-show-struggles-of-chinese-american-experience/> describes two exhibitions about Chinese Americans opening this spring that describe life for members in the ethnic group in the United States generally and specifically in Portland. The exhibits will be at the Oregon Historical Society.

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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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