[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2016-03-23

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Wed Mar 23 09:03:30 PDT 2016

In this issue:
1.  Archive basics, access topic of Prineville workshops
2.  Oregon Main Street issues annual report
3.  Yasui Day tribute on March 28


The Oregon Museums Association will offer two workshops on April 18 in Prineville. The first will deal cover "Basics of Archives" while be followed by one on "Public Access and Use."

This Basic of Archives session will feature Christina Sweet, who is the museum curator at Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site and a member of the Oregon Heritage MentorCorps<http://mindyourcollections.org/>. She manages the more than 50,000 artifacts in Kam Wah Chung's collection, and has worked in the museum and archival field for more than 13 years.

Sarah Aldrich will speaking on Public Access and Use. Sarah is the archivist and photo curator at The Island County Historical Society in Washington. In her time in the position, she has seen an increase in the research requests, volunteers, and awareness of the local archives. She has focused on tying the archives to the digital age for both preservation and accessibility. The collection spans over 18,000 photos and 100,000 documents.

For more information and registration, visit the Oregon Museums Association website<http://oregonmuseums.org/OMA-Workshops>.


The recently published 2015 Oregon Main Street Annual report shows how Oregon communities are having great success with building community character and economic vitality in our downtowns.

The report includes:
*       the most recent revitalization statistics from Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown level communities
*       updates from these communities on activities in 2015
*       a listing of communities participating in the Main Street network in 2015
*       brief descriptions of the 2015 Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award winners, and
*       general information about Oregon Main Street and the services it offers.

Visit the Oregon Main Street website<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/SHPO/Pages/mainstreet.aspx> to get the full report.


The Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee and the Oregon Nikkei Endowment present the Inaugural Minoru Yasui Day March for Justice scheduled to take place on from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. March 28. This event is being held in celebration of the  bill passed unanimously last month by the Oregon Senate and House designating March 28 of each year as Minoru Yasui Day. The day honors Minoru "Min" Yasui, a civil rights champion and the first Oregonian awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the country, by President Barack Obama.

On March 28, 1942, in Portland, Yasui deliberately broke the curfew that had been placed on all people of Japanese ancestry under Executive Order 9066. He believed the order, which eventually authorized the forced relocation and incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans, was unconstitutional and wanted to bring a challenge in court. Yasui spent nine months in solitary confinement in the Multnomah County Jail for the curfew violation and then was sent to the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Idaho.

The march will retrace Yasui's walk on that day in 1942, going by the former site of his law office in the Foster Hotel in Old Town Japantown and ending at the former site of police headquarters on SW Second Avenue and Oak Street where he was arrested. Attendees are asked to gather at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center (121 NW 2nd Ave.) at 4:30 pm for the six-block walk followed by a program in the foyer and reception in the offices of Stoll Berne at SW Second Avenue and Oak Street.

Prior to the march proceeding, attendees will be able to view Yasui's Presidential Medal of Freedom at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. This event will conclude with speeches made by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and other prominent public officials, civil rights leaders, and family members.

For more information, visit the Nikkei Legacy Center's website<http://www.oregonnikkei.org/>.

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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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