[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2016-01-20

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Wed Jan 20 10:30:05 PST 2016

In this issue:
1.  Historic Oregon building shown on new postage stamp
2.  OHS offering organizations speakers on Chinese heritage
3.  Heritage Commission to meet Feb. 1 in Oregon City
4.  Jacksonville Chinese focus of talk, walk
5.  House histories workshop slated for Jan. 31


The post offices in Bridal Veil, Cascade Locks, Corbett, Hood River, Mosier, The Dalles and Troutdale have started to use a special postmarks in conjunction with the issuance of the Postal Service's new Columbia River Gorge Priority Mail Express(tm) postage stamp.

The seven postmarks depict a scene with the Bridge of the Gods spanning the Columbia River Gorge. The new Priority Mail Express(tm) stamp depicts the majestic Columbia River Gorge as sunset approaches; stamp artist Dan Cosgrove used bold colors and dramatic shadows in the sun's reflection off of the clouds, trees, and water to capture the grandeur of the Gorge. The historic Vista House, sitting atop Crown Point and overlooking the river 725 feet below, shimmers in the golden light of the setting sun.

The postage stamp<http://about.usps.com/news/state-releases/or/2016/or_2016_0115.htm> is being issued as the statewide celebration of the centennial of the Historic Columbia River Highway<http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/HCRH/Pages/Centennial.aspx> takes place.

[Columbia River Gorge stamp]

Travel Oregon will help sponsor Feb. 23-24 a cultural heritage networking event and workshop as part of its Gorge Tourism Studio.<http://www.cvent.com/events/gorge-tourism-studio/agenda-e00d4ddd345148d0acbe58808a85a567.aspx?utm_source=Historic+Highway+Newsletter+-+January+2016+&utm_campaign=January+2016+newsletter&utm_medium=email>


The Oregon Historical Society is offering its affiliates 10 speakers who can give talks on local aspects of Chinese history in Oregon. These programs are offered in response to affiliates' requests to have such opportunities and in association with Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion<http://ohs.org/museum/exhibits/chinese-american-exclusion-inclusion.cfm> and Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns<http://ohs.org/museum/exhibits/beyond-the-gate.cfm>, exhibits on national and Portland Chinese history available at the OHS this spring. OHS will pay speakers' travel costs and offer them honoraria for making the presentations. Programs must take place between April 1 and June 15.

If you may be interested in hosting a speaker, visit this page on the OHS website<http://ohs.org/about-us/affiliates-and-partners/chinese-oregon-speaker-series.cfm> to review the list and obtain a copy of the "Speaker Request Form." The deadline for requests is Jan 25. OHS will review all requests and communicate with affiliates about approved programs by mid February. Contact eliza.canty-jones at ohs.org<mailto:eliza.canty-jones at ohs.org> with any questions.


The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City. The agenda includes Oregon Heritage Tradition designations, an overview of the Heritage Commission's Museum Grant program and other commission programs.

The meeting is open to the public and the agenda<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/docs/prelim%20agenda%200216.docx> includes an opportunity for public comment. Meetings are 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 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 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 at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson at oregon.gov<mailto:kyle.jansson at oregon.gov>  or visit the Commission's website at www.oregonheritage.org<http://www.oregonheritage.org> .


Archaeologist Chelsea Rose will present objects and findings from Southern Oregon University's archaeological digs to describe the daily life of Chinese workers in Jacksonville at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 at the Southern Oregon Historical Society's History Center, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. Rose is the author of the Jacksonville Review column on local archaeology, and is on the staff of SOU's Laboratory of Archaeology. The library and archives at the SOHS History Center will be open for free research from noon-2 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Pre-registration is required for a walking tour of Jacksonville's archeological digs with Rose on Feb. 7 beginning at 11 a.m. Call the SOHS at 541-773-6536 x202 or email officemgr at sohs.org for more information and to register. A fee will be charged for the walk. This hike is the first of three Healthy History Hikes that complement and extend the society's 2016 annual exhibit, Courage in the Golden Valley: Southern Oregon Chinese History, from Feb. 6 - April 17 at the Rogue Valley Mall.


Certified genealogist Connie Lenzen will present a workshop on learning the history of houses at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, 2502 SE 11th Ave., Ste B18, Portland. She will use examples from Multnomah and Clackamas County. For more information, contact info at gfo.org<mailto:info at gfo.org> or phone 503-963-1932.

Share your photos of Oregon's heritage on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #oregonheritage.

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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