[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2016-06-14

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Tue Jun 14 11:19:55 PDT 2016

In this issue:
1.  Two places added to National Register
2.  Historic Cemeteries Commission to gather June 24
3.  Two advocacy commissions to meet this week
4.  Archaeology celebration listings sought
5.  Standard digital rights statements outlined


The W. Leland James House in Portland and the Fairview City Jail are Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The 1929 W. Leland James House, designed by Portland architect Harold Doty in the English Arts and Crafts style, was commissioned by businessman W. Leland James. James founded Consolidated Freightways, a nationwide trucking firm that eventually became Con-Way, and Freightliner, a manufacturer of semi-trucks. James is credited with developing and implementing the concept of long-haul trucking, at a time when railroads still dominated the shipping industry. He had the house, which sits prominently on its site in the Terwilliger neighborhood, designed and built during a high point in his career. It was later occupied by William Gruber, the inventor of the View-Master.

Architect Harold Doty was a long-time collaborator with Wade Pipes. Although not as well-known as some of his contemporaries, his work was nonetheless published in the national architectural journal Architectural Record, and an exhibit and lecture on his work was held at the Portland Art Museum after his death in 1943. The W. Leland James House was noted in Classic Houses of Portland as Doty’s “finest work.”

The Fairview City Jail was constructed in 1915. It never served as a jail, but was considered necessary when Fairview adopted a series of anti-crime and anti-vice measures after its incorporation in 1908. It was constructed as an annex to the 1912 City Hall, which functioned as a City Hall, general store, library, post office, dance floor and theater. After the City Hall was demolished in 1979, the jail was a freestanding building in city park. The simple concrete building functions today as a museum. It is the last original correctional facility remaining in Multnomah County.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended both buildings’ inclusion in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. More information about the National Register in Oregon is available online<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/Pages/index.aspx>.


The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. June 24 at the Station 15 John Adams Fire Station, 624 7th St., Oregon City. Agenda items will include cemetery ownership, communication with the Cemetery Association of Oregon, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For information visit the commission website<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OCHC/Pages/index.aspx>.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances.

Requests for information about the meeting and accessibility may be made to coordinator Kuri Gill<mailto:kuri.gill at oregon.gov> at 503-986-0685.


The Oregon Commission on Black Affairs and the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs will both meet during the coming week.

The Oregon Commission on Black Affairs will meet at 9 a.m. June 18 in Room 120 of Concordia University’s library at 2811 NE Holman St., Portland.  The meeting will cover Commissioners’ reports, elections for chair and vice Chair,  other topics of interest to the Commission, and two guest speakers. .

The Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs will meet at 11 a.m. June 20 in the Suite 770 conference room of The Lincoln Building, 421 SW Oak St., Portland. Agenda items will include elections for chair and vice chair, and other topics of interest to the Commission.

More information about the commissions is available from the Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office at 503-302-9725. The meeting locations are accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for accommodations for people with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours in advance. Contact Nancy Kramer at nancy.kramer at oregon.gov or 503-302-9725 to request accommodations for people with disabilities.


Oregon Archaeological Society, Oregon’s State Historic Preservation Office and other organizations are involved in the Oregon Archaeology Celebration this year are seeking items for its events calendar. Although the celebration will formally run from Oct. 1-to 31, submission of events that start as early Sept. 1 is welcome. The deadline for events submission is June 17.

For more information and to get a form you can use to submit your event information, contact John Pouley<mailto:john.pouley at oregon.gov>, assistant state archaeologist with Oregon SHPO, at John.Pouley at oregon.gov, or Leslie Hickerson<mailto:limhicker at q.com>, an archaeologist with the U.S. Forest Service, at lmhicker at q.com<mailto:lmhicker at q.com>.


After working for nearly a year to establish standardized rights statements for describing copyright and reuse status of digital cultural heritage materials, and the enabling technical infrastructure for those statements of the white papers, the Digital Public Library of America and Europeana have announced the launch of RightsStatements.org<http://rightsstatements.org/en/>.

In partnership with Creative Commons, RightsStatements.org is a collaborative approach to rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects.  As aggregators of cultural heritage materials, this work is key to both DPLA and Europeana, as both seek to share clear and accurate information about copyright status with ur users.

In this cooperative effort, the groups built a flexible system of rights statements that allow contributing cultural heritage partners who hold the digital works to clearly communicate to users what they can or cannot do with the objects they discover. Use of the statements also means that use of the data can become more standardized across the world.

There are three categories of rights statements: Statements for works that are in copyright, statements for works that are not in copyright, and statements for works where the copyright status is unclear. The statements provide users with easy to understand, high-level information about the copyright and re-use status of digital objects.

The rights statements have been designed with both human users and machine users, such as search engines, in mind, and are published as a linked data vocabulary. Each rights statement has its own Uniform Resource Identifier (URI).

The Digital Public Library of America<https://dp.la/> plans to begin implementing these unique rights statements with its partners in the summer of 2016, and those efforts are expected to continue into 2017.  Europeana will integrate the new rights statements into its existing licensing framework in the second half of 2016 after having consulted with its contributing institutions.

The work of the International Rights Statements Working Group has been funded in large part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  The working group wishes to acknowledge and thank the Knight Foundation for support of this important work.  Thanks also goes to the European Commission as the funder the Europeana DSI project, which facilitated this work.

The Digital Public Library of America strives to contain the full breadth of human expression from the written word to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. Since launching in April 2013, it has aggregated more than 13 million items from 1,900 institutions.

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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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