[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2016-11-23

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Wed Nov 23 14:44:01 PST 2016

In this issue:
1. Oregon Heritage Summit on funding April 26-27
2. School PTA mural restoration featured in Oregon Heritage Exchange blog
3. Restoration maintenance workshop opportunity
4. Medford's Pear Blossom Festival newest designated Oregon Heritage Tradition
5. OHTAC releaseS website and mobile app on Barlow Road
6. The Dalles Main Street Program seeks Executive Director
7. Report on creative use of downtown buildings in small towns
8. Folklife program at Chehalem Cultural Center Nov 30


Oregon Heritage will host a summit on April 26-27, 2017 in Newberg at the Chehalem Cultural Center.  The summit will bring together organizations of all sizes, disciplines, and locations in Oregon to explore funding sources for heritage efforts. Together we will discuss broad-based funding solutions, foundation access, advocacy and next steps to help move heritage projects forward in Oregon. The summit will also include some practical work sessions on grant writing and more. Details will come soon.

The summit replaces the Oregon Heritage Conference which has switched to every other year. The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards and the Oregon Heritage Fellows presentations will also take place at the summit. The next Oregon Heritage Conference will be in Bend in 2018.

Mark your calendar to have your voice heard and to help secure funding for heritage in Oregon.


The newest post on the Oregon Heritage Exchange blog features Portland's Chapman Elementary school and it's PTA that spearheaded the restoration of an historic mural located in the entrance foyer of the school. You can learn more about the project and see photographs of the mural by visiting here<https://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/successful-restoration-of-wpa-mural-at-chapman-elementary-school-in-portland/>.


* Don't forget to apply for the Oregon Heritage Preservation Training Scholarship<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/Scholarships.aspx> by Dec. 5 for assistance to attend workshops, trainings, and conferences such as the one below.

Join nationally known preservation trades artisans Bob Yapp & Patrick Kennedy for a five-day, hands-on learning experience on the beautiful campus of Pine Mountain Settlement School. Working at the awe-inspiring National Historic Landmark campus side-by-side with Bob & Patrick, you will learn cost-effective high-priority restoration maintenance tasks that will prepare you to tackle just about any project.

The Workshop: This will be an intense, learn-by-doing opportunity that covers the many important and prevalent restoration tasks.  You will learn exterior wood repair, window repair, masonry repair, roofing/flashing repair, water run-off management/gutter drainage and how to create a maintenance plan for historic structures.  At the end of the five days you will know from beginning to end how to properly carry out these repairs on any restoration project. You will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation & Pine Mountain School for Practical Preservation.

About Pine Mountain Settlement School: A National Historic Landmark located in Eastern Kentucky, Pine Mountain Settlement School is a picturesque location for preservation workshops.  It offers comfortable accommodations, farm-fresh meals, and evening entertainment, including authentic bluegrass music.

About Bob Yapp: Bob Yapp has been involved in the restoration or rehabilitation of more than 160 historic properties over 45 years. In 1996 Bob produced and hosted the national PBS 52-show series, About Your House with Bob Yapp, which was co-underwritten by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Bob is a founding co-member of the National Window Preservation Standards Collaborative. He co-wrote and co-edited the new national Window Preservation Standards.

As President of Preservation Resources, Inc. based in Hannibal, Missouri, Bob founded the Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation. Most recently, with Patrick Kennedy's assistance, Bob restored all the windows in the Cupula of George Washington's Mount Vernon Home. Bob lives in Hannibal, Missouri with his wife Pat and their two dogs George and Gracie.

About Patrick Kennedy: Patrick has been involved in hands on historic building rehabilitation for over 40 years. From 1997 to 2012 he worked for the Kentucky Heritage Council, (the state historic preservation office) as an adviser for historic building renovations throughout the state.  He continues working on historic log and wood frame buildings as well as window restoration. Patrick helped establish a nationally recognized "hands on" restoration skills program at Pine Mountain Settlement School with major assistance from Bob Yapp.

Patrick continues his work in historic preservation as a 'go to' source for historic building projects, contractor for special preservation projects, instructor at hands-on education workshops and supervisor for HistoriCorps volunteer projects. He lives in rural Owen County Kentucky, with his wife Dara Carlisle and their two dogs Stevie and Buddy Mack.

Registration: Class size is very limited.  Cost of the workshop is $950, which includes tuition, meals, lodging, evening entertainment, and materials. The workshop begins with a 6 p.m. dinner on Sunday, April 30 and concludes with lunch on Friday, May 5.  Register at www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com/events.php<http://www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com/events.php>   You can also call 606-558-3571 or email for more information office at pinemountainsettlementschool.com<mailto:office at pinemountainsettlementschool.com>.


Medford's Pear Blossom Festival, an all-volunteer run community event, marks its upcoming 64th year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Klamath Basin Potato Festival, and the Portland Greek Festival.

"The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the state," said Eric Martin, the commission's chair. "This event truly celebrates what is local heritage in Oregon."

The Pear Blossom Festival started in 1954 when the Medford Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations decided to hold a children's parade in celebration of the agricultural bounty of Southern Oregon. Marking each spring when pear trees come into blossom, the event has grown over the years to include food and wine tastings, pageants, a street fair, golf tournament, mini-marathon, bike race, and one of Oregon's largest parades.

Tens of thousands of Southern Oregon locals take part in the three-week long festivities held in the heart of downtown Medford. As the city's oldest tradition, the Pear Blossom Festival celebrates the rich agricultural roots of its community and our state.

"The festival Board of Directors is very honored to receive this distinguished award," said Pear Blossom Association President Darcey Mann-Self. "We would like to thank the City of Medford, our generous Sponsors, and our Volunteers for keeping Medford's oldest tradition alive, since 1954!"

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx .


For the past two years, Dr. Erica Risberg, working with the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council (OHTAC), has developed an educational and tourist project about the Barlow Road with funding from the Oregon Community Foundation's Historic Trails Fund. Dr. Erica Risberg, Historian and President of Shared Context Consultants, LLC, headed the project with the assistance of members of the Oregon-California Trails Association and its Northwest Chapter plus members of the OHTAC.
The funds were used to develop the website, www.oregontrail-barlowroad.org<http://www.oregontrail-barlowroad.org>, which lists ten sites along the Barlow Road. The website was designed to help educators teach 4th and 5th grade students learn more about the Barlow Road. It has panoramic views of the sites, as well as historical photos when accessible, contextual descriptions of each site, and diary excerpts that were recorded by voiceover talents to engage the students more when learning about each site.
Subsequent funds were used to make some of the material accessible through a mobile application: Next Exit History<http://www.nextexithistory.com/>. The purpose of using the application is to make the material accessible to tourists. They can access the material while they have wifi service, and the information will be downloaded on their mobile device. Once the application has been downloaded, go to "Backpacks" and search for Barlow Road and download it. While traveling along the Barlow Road, there won't be much wifi service, but since the material has been downloaded onto the device, it can be accessed. The downloads are counted, so there is a method of tracking built in that can be used to garner support for future funds from Travel Oregon or other organizations that support cultural heritage tourism.
About Erica Risberg and Shared Context Consultants, LLC: Dr. Risberg has over twenty-eight years of experience working in historical research for government agencies and private enterprise. Her experience includes cultural analysis, technical documentation, coordination and management of cross-agency interdisciplinary studies. Her company, Shared Context Consultants, LLC is a women-owned business that specializes in conducting research and working with local museums and agencies to develop methods to engage people with history. She has worked on several research projects with History Associates, Inc. and assisted the Museum of History and Industry (Seattle) and the Maine State Museum with developing content for exhibits.


This is a full-time salaried position ($36000-$42000) dependent on qualifications, plus a health insurance stipend.

The Dalles, Oregon (Population 14,500) The Dalles Main Street Program (TDMSP) is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Executive Director to coordinate downtown revitalization activities using the National Main Street 4-Point Approach.

The mission of The Dalles Main Street is to engage community members and partners in creating a vibrant downtown that illuminates our historic and cultural assets and enhances the district's economic vitality.

Founded in 2010, TDMSP is a 501(c)3 organization and has recently achieved the Performing Main Street level in the Oregon network.  The organization has seen substantial growth in recent years with the recent opening of a downtown office, placement of an AmeriCorps Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) volunteer, and development of several promotional events, downtown design projects, and a Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program.

The Dalles is a rural community located at the Eastern gateway of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound in this dry region (over 300 days of sun!) from windsurfing and fly fishing to hiking and snowboarding.

Applicant should have excellent organizational and communication skills as well as public relations, marketing and administrative background experience. Proficient computer skills are required including but not limited to:  basic Microsoft programs such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel as well as ability to use cloud storage systems and coordinate volunteers using software such as Basecamp.

The ideal candidate should have professional experience and/or education in one or more of the following areas: marketing, historic preservation, community development, economic development, planning, urban design, nonprofit management, or small business development. They will also have experience with issues confronting downtown businesses, property owners, public agencies, and community organizations.

To apply, please send your cover letter and comprehensive resume to TDMSRecruitment at gmail.com<mailto:dallesmainstreet at gmail.com> or mail to:

The Dalles Main Street
PO Box 544
The Dalles, OR 97058

OPEN UNTIL FILLED: First review of resumes is December 9th, 2016


The University of Wisconsin Extension released a new report featuring creative uses for downtown buildings in small towns. Included are several examples of how downtown buildings can be put to use and the goal is to help other towns thing creatively about reusing buildings for retail, food and beverage, services, and community spaces. The report can be found here<http://fyi.uwex.edu/innovativedowntownbusinesses/files/2012/07/Creative-Uses-for-Downtown-Buildings-100316.pdf>.


Newberg, Ore.-Nov 22-Join folklorist Douglas Manger for an exciting look at the cultural traditions and the people of Yamhill and Clackamas Counties who practice them. The talk will be Wednesday, November 30th, at 7:00 pm at Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E Sheridan St., Newberg, OR 97132.
This audio-visual presentation compels audiences to new insights about the "folkway" traditions that make Yamhill and Clackamas Counties special.  Learn about culture keepers like alpaca ranchers, traditional musicians, bee keepers and more; how they learned these cultural lifeways, and how they are actively passing their skills and knowledge through the generations.

Funding for this program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Oregon Folklife Network, Oregon's designated Folk & Traditional Arts Program. The project sends trained folklorists to conduct research in the Portland metro counties of Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill to meet and document culture bearers in the region. Free public programs will be held in each county.

Douglas Manger, a veteran folklorist of twenty years, presents his findings in Yamhill and Clackamas Counties on Wednesday, November 30th, at 7:00 pm at Chehalem Cultural Center. His recent collaboration with Oregon Folklife Network's multi-year folklife surveys began in Southeastern Oregon (Malheur and Harney counties) in 2014; extended to the High Desert counties (Deschutes, Crook, Baker, and Union) in spring of 2016; and continues in the Portland Metro counties this fall. Manger's expertise in folklife spans his direction of the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance in Pennsylvania and management of the folk and traditional arts program at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (Baltimore) overseeing initiatives across nine states and jurisdictions. While there, Manger managed the award-winning publication, From Bridge to Boardwalk: An Audio Journey Across Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 2007, Manger returned to his home state of Texas and founded HeritageWorks, conducting multi-year regional folklife field surveys in South and East Texas for the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, and in Baton Rouge and vicinity for the Louisiana Folklife Program.

For more information about public programs in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, or Washington counties, contact Brad McMullen at ofn at uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820.

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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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