[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2016-03-18

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Fri Mar 18 09:53:18 PDT 2016

In this issue:
1.  Commemorative topics highlighted in Heritage Conference activities
2.  Heritage, Trust grant applications due in April and May
3.  Independence, Monmouth newspapers added to digital repository
4.  Chinese topics presented in Pendleton, Ashland, Medford
5.  SOHS, Clackamas County offer work opportunities


The wealth of anniversaries this year prompted both the theme of this year's Oregon Heritage Conference as well as several related sessions about the how and why of commemoration.

Keynote speaker Bob Beatty, the chief operating officer of the American Association for State and Local History, will launch the conversations with his presentation "Commemoration: The Promise of Remembrance and New Beginnings" at 8:30 a.m. May 5 in the House chambers of the Oregon State Capitol. Immediately following his talk a panel of people engaged in local and statewide commemorations will discuss "Commemorations: Are they useful in the age of instant history?" Another panel will explore ways that historic cemeteries commemorate and memorialize for entire communities on May 6.

The conference theme will be "16 going on 20, 50 and 100: Reflecting on the Past, Capitolizing on the Present and Building the Future". The theme highlights that this will be the 16th year of an Oregon Heritage Conference, the 20th anniversary of the first meeting of the Oregon Heritage Commission, the 50th anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

More information and online registration for the Oregon Heritage Conference is available on its website<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx>.


The application deadline for several grant programs of Oregon Heritage are during the next month. The deadline is
April 29 for Oregon Museum Grants and Oregon Historic Cemetery Grants. Letters of intent to apply for Preserving Oregon grants are due April 15. Applications for Diamonds in the Rough Grants are due May 15. For more information about all of these programs visit the Oregon Heritage grants website<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx>.

The deadline for applications for the Oregon Cultural Trust's cultural development grants is 5 p.m. April 22. The grants support projects that  protect and stabilize Oregon's cultural resources; expand public awareness of, access to, and participation in quality cultural experiences in Oregon; ensure that Oregon cultural resources are strong and dynamic contributors to Oregon's communities and quality of life; or build an understanding of the value and impact of culture to Oregonians. For more information, visit the grant's website<http://www.culturaltrust.org/grants/development-grants>.


Several runs of historic newspapers in Independence and Monmouth have been added to the online Historic Oregon Newspapers<http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/> digital collection. The Independence newspapers include the West Side, the West Side Enterprise and the Independence Enterprise. The Monmouth Herald also was added. The additions were the result of cooperative efforts by the Monmouth and Independence libraries, their friends groups, the Polk County Cultural Coalition and the University of Oregon Libraries.


R. Gregory Nokes, a speaker from the Chinese Oregon Speaker Series, will visit Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton, at 1 p.m. April 30 to speak on "Chinese in Eastern Oregon: The Forgotten Population".

The Chinese American population began immigrating to Oregon during the mid-19th century.  Nokes will discuss the history of Chinese emigration to the mining and railroad communities throughout eastern Oregon, how they built thriving communities, and why they disappeared, including stories of violence and bias against Chinese, such as the 1887 Hells Canyon massacre.

The next speaker in the series to visit Tamástslikt Cultural Institute will be Helen L. Ying who is speaking on "The Untold Story: Chinese American History in Oregon" on 1 p.m. May 21. May is Asian American Heritage Month in Oregon. For more information about Ying's presentation, go to  www.tamastslikt.org<http://www.tamastslikt.org>.

"Chop Suey For All: Chinese Cooks in Oregon" will be presented by Richard Engeman at 1 p.m. April 2 at the Ashland Public Library and at 1 p.m. April 3 at the Medford Public Library. Chinese restaurants were common in Oregon towns and cities beginning in the late 19th century. Usually advertising both Chinese and American dishes, they catered to the basic needs of single working men as well as to diners who were attracted by the exotic and the foreign.

"The Chinese in Oregon and the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files" will be presented by Trish Nicola at 1 p.m. April 9 at the Ashland Public Library and at 1 p.m. April 10 at the Medford Public Library. The National Archives branch in Seattle holds thousands of Chinese Exclusion Act files on the Chinese living in Oregon. All contain biographical information, most have photos, and some contain affidavits from witnesses-Chinese and Caucasian

For more information on the Chinese speaker series, visit the Oregon Historical Society website<http://www.ohs.org/museum>.


The Southern Oregon Historical Society seeks a motivated, creative, and outgoing education programs coordinator<http://www.sohs.org/node/176115> to manage high quality visitor experiences by conducting a variety of public programs for youths and families. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, overall program development, administration, and supervision of the all education programs at SOHS's historic Hanley Farm. This includes the Children's Heritage Fair, Hanley Farm Summer Camps, Children's Harvest Fair, children's activities at Hanley events, the Children's Educational Garden, and Farm Tours. These programs play a key part in fulfilling SOHS's mission "to make history come alive by collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories and artifacts of our common heritage." The deadline for applications is March 25.

Clackamas County is requesting proposals from qualified consulting professionals<http://www.clackamas.us/bids/documents/20160406RFPConsultSvcsHeritageCouncilPGA.pdf> with skills in managing, marketing and funding heritage assets and historic preservation to prioritize, update and implement existing heritage plans and surveys in Clackamas County. Interested parties with questions about the RFP and to request a proposal packet call 503-742-5444, Monday - Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sealed proposals will be received until 4 p.m. April 6.

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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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