[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2016-05-25

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Wed May 25 13:35:26 PDT 2016

In this issue:
1.  Preservation Fair on May 26 at State Capitol
2.  Bethel School District to receive heritage stewardship award
3.  Landmarks commission display opens in Capitol


Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with 27 heritage organizations on May 26 at the 8th Annual Historic Preservation Month Fair at the State Capitol State Park in Salem. The fair is hosted by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Community organizations and several state agencies will highlight the history of their institutions and their work to preserve important sites related to historic events, persons, and places that tell the Oregon story.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the north side of Court Street, opposite the Capitol building. It is free and open to the public.

An operating World War II M3A1 Stuart Light Tank and a Korean War Jeep will be displayed. A free tour of the Capitol Building tower will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the information kiosk in the Capitol Building.

Participating exhibitors include the Willamette Heritage Center; Salem Landmarks Commission; Historic Deepwood Estate; Salem Pioneer Cemetery; Asahel Bush House Museum; Salem Museum of Mental Health; Lord and Schryver Conservancy; Oregon Military Museum; Willamette University Archives; Newell House Museum; Friends of Timberline Lodge; Friends of the Oregon Caves Chateau; Oregon Black Pioneers; Hoover Minthorn House Museum; Frank Lloyd Wright's Gordon House; University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History; Oregon State Parks with friends groups from Silver Falls and Champoeg state parks and the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Commission; Oregon Department of Forestry, Forestry History Center; Oregon Department of Transportation; Oregon State Capitol Foundation; Oregon State Archives, and the Oregon State Library. A free trip to the top of the Capitol Building to see the Gold Man will depart from the information desk at inside the Capitol building at 11:30 a.m.


Bethel School District will be recognized May 27 for its role in protecting an archaeological artifact discovered during the construction of its new school.

In July 2014, during construction of the new Fairfield Elementary School,  Durbin Excavating and Essex Construction uncovered a Native American ground-stone artifact. The companies and Bethel Superintendent Colt Gill initiated the process of addressing state laws for the protection of such discoveries.

Gill contacted with the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History to determine if it was truly an artifact of Native people. It was proven to be the case and per state law the tool was taken to the museum which is the official repository for archaeological materials found on public land.

This is normally where the story ends, but Gill saw an opportunity to understand the culture of the people who had lived here long before the school was established. He arranged for the construction of a display for the tool in the lobby of the new school. The display text was reviewed by Kathy Cole and David Harrelson at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to ensure the Tribal perspective on the history was incorporated. The museum also contributed to the display development.

"The series of steps taken by Superintendent Colt Gill and the district following the discovery went beyond what our office normally sees," said Dennis Griffin, state archaeologist for the State Historic Preservation Office.  "It serves as an example of what we should all strive to emulate."

State laws aim to protect archaeological artifacts for many reasons. One of these is the knowledge that can be gained from the object itself and its location. In the case of a tool like this one, we can learn much about the early lifeways of the Native people in the area and how the artifact came to be in the area.

Based on their actions, Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, is presenting heritage stewardship certificates the Bethel School District, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Essex Construction and Durbin Excavating.

The Heritage Stewardship Recognition Program was initiated by Oregon Heritage to raise the profile of Oregonians and Oregon organizations that go the extra mile in protecting the state's heritage.

"We are happy to recognize people doing good deeds for historic resources in the state," said Chrissy Curran, who heads up Oregon Heritage.


The City of Salem is exhibiting "This Place Matters" until June 9 in the Oregon State Capitol Galleria. "This Place Matters" features photos of historic places, buildings and neighborhoods in Salem.

The Salem Historic Landmarks Commission sponsors an annual "This Place Matters" photo contest in honor of Historic Preservation Month every May. The Commission has requested photos highlighting Salem's historic buildings, neighborhoods and places that matter to Salem residents.

The Historic Landmarks Commissioners judge the contest and vote on their choice of the top entry in each category. Two additional photos will receive a Chairman's Choice Award and an Honorable Mention Award. Finalists will receive prizes, and all photos will be on display at the State Capitol during Historic Preservation Month in May."

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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