[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2016-03-31

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Thu Mar 31 11:10:00 PDT 2016

In this issue:
1.  Modoc beads, Salem culture featured in Heritage Exchange blogs
2.  Arleta Branch Library listed in National Register
3.  Governor appoints Elizabeth Woody to be poet laureate
4.  Windows exhibit opens in Portland
5.  Three organizations seek to hire
6.  Two collections care webinars slated for April


Two different types of cooperation among heritage organizations in Oregon are shown in recent blogs of the Oregon Heritage Exchange.<http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/>

The first shows how the Lane County Historical Society and Museum responded when it found a surprising piece among some uncataloged items. The second describes how Salem-area heritage organizations are working to make it the capitol of culture.


Arleta Branch Library<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/pages/nrhp_recent_nominations.aspx> in Portland is Oregon's latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places.

Constructed in 1918 using Carnegie Corp. grant funds, the brick Colonial Revival-style library, more recently known as the Wikman Building, was designed by well-known Portland architect Folger Johnson. The library is one of 31 Carnegie libraries built in Oregon, and one of seven built in the Portland area during the 1910s and early 1920s. Its style is typical of this period of architecture in general, as well as reflective of Carnegie Corp. guidelines for library design. The library was the sixth Carnegie library to be constructed as part of the Library Association of Portland's (now Multnomah County's) branch library system. It served its surrounding community through 1971 when city library services were centralized.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination at its October 2015 meeting. It is one of only three libraries in Portland that are individually listed in the National Register. The National Register<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/Pages/index.aspx>, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.


Governor Kate Brown has named Elizabeth Woody of Warm Springs and Portland to a two-year appointment as Poet Laureate of Oregon. Woody will be Oregon's eighth poet laureate since 1921. She succeeds Peter Sears, who has held the post since 2014.

"The energy of Elizabeth Woody's words bring to life the landscapes, creatures and people who make Oregon special," Governor Brown said. "As Poet Laureate, she will be a great asset to our state, using vivid storytelling to help us understand who we are as a larger community."

Woody was born on the Navajo Nation reservation in Ganado, Arizona, but has made her home in Oregon for most of her life. An enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, she has published poetry, short fiction and essays, and also is a visual artist.

"Committee members from all parts of the state pointed to the power of Elizabeth's poetry, the energy and dignity she would bring to the position, and the resonance of her voice," said Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities. "Her love of this place should find a perfect outlet in the position of Poet Laureate, and the position of Poet Laureate will be honored by having her in the role."

"The power of language in poetry, song, story and legacy has kept Oregon's communities vibrant," said Woody. "The literature of this land is the sound of multiple hearts and the breath of many listened to while forming as individuals in this world. It is an honor to be Oregon's poet to serve our state's communities in the next two years and reflect upon their strength."
The Oregon Poet Laureate fosters the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, addresses central issues relating to humanities and heritage, and reflects on public life in Oregon. A 20-person committee of writers, poets and cultural leaders reviewed nominations in February and made its recommendation to the Cultural Trust and its statewide partners - Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities and the State Historic Preservation Office. The Governor approved the committee's recommendation this week. Woody will assume the Poet Laureate role the last week of April.


An exhibit "The Industry and Artistry of Portland Windows" will open this weekend at the Architectural Heritage Center<http://visitahc.org/>, 701 SE Grand Ave., Portland. The exhibit focus on the years 1880 to 1930 when art glass and millwork manufacturing were at their heights in Portland and the United States. The exhibit is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission.


The Oregon Museums Association wants to hire an administrative assistant to assist with bookkeeping; membership
coordination; social media communication and website updating; design, printing and mailing of printed materials; and miscellaneous administrative duties. The position<http://www.oregonmuseums.org/page-1611985/3906787> is open until filled, however interested applicants are stronglyencouraged to submit by April 5.

The Pittock Mansion wants to hire an Accounting and Administrative Specialist<http://pittockmansion.org/recent-news/>. The Accounting and Administrative Specialist will spend approximately 60 percent of their time on accounting related work, and the remaining time providing general office and administrative support, and assisting the Executive Director.

The Fort Vancouver National Trust wants to hire a development manager. The development manager<https://www.macslist.org/macs-list/Fort-Vancouver-National-Trust/Development-Manager/p3Vcryg3V1Xm/> will be responsible for the successful planning and implementation of a corporate giving program, playing a key role in coordinating fundraising events, and working in collaboration with our development director, staff, development committee, and board of directors to support the mission of Fort Vancouver National Trust.


The national Connecting to Collection Care Online Community will host two webinars during month.

At 11 a.m. April 7,  "Caring for Artifacts Found in Archives Collections" will be presented. At 11 a.m. April 14, "Much Ado About Mannequins: Making the Perfect Form" will be the topic.

The Connecting to Collections Care Online Community<http://www.connectingtocollections.org/>, a program of the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, provides free collections care training and resources for smaller-sized cultural organizations.

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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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