[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2017-08-17

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Thu Aug 17 16:08:39 PDT 2017

In this issue:
1. NEW tool from Oregon Heritage Commission helps in planning the cost of collection care
2. Grants available for Oregon heritage and history projects
3. Deaccessioning objects featured in AASLH blog
4. Volunteers sought for statewide cemetery cleanup
5. Pilot Butte Canal: Downtown Redmond Segment Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places
6. Main Street Highlight: Hillsboro
7. OCBA public meeting notice
8. Aurora Colony Historical Society seeks volunteer coordinator


How much does it cost to take care of a collection? A new tool from Oregon Heritage helps you figure that out!

A report<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/Collections%20Budget%20Report_FINAL_8_17_17.pdf> released by the Oregon Heritage Commission serves as a guide for the cost of collections care for museums and other organizations with heritage collections. This report<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/Collections%20Budget%20Report_FINAL_8_17_17.pdf> can aid in applying for grants, approaching boards for further funding, and informing staff and boards on what supplies are necessary for a collections care department.

The report covers several categories of collections care needs and includes options based on the financial capacity of organizations. In most cases, there is an option for organizations with a large, medium, or small budget. To review the report visit here<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/Collections%20Budget%20Report_FINAL_8_17_17.pdf>.

Keep this tool in mind as you apply for grants, such as the Oregon Heritage grant that just opened up (see below), in addition to other tools available to help you out such as the Oregon Heritage MentorCorps. Mentors are available to help you plan your grant projects and help with making your application more competitive. To request a Mentor contact Katie Henry at Katie.Henry at oregon.gov<mailto:Katie.Henry at oregon.gov> or call (503) 986-0671.


The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants for qualified projects for the conservation, development and interpretation of Oregon's cultural heritage. Awards typically range between $5,000 and $20,000. Projects can include anything related to Oregon heritage, and priority will be given to projects that preserve, develop or interpret threatened heritage resources or heritage resources of statewide significance. The grant application deadline is October 2, 2017.

Projects may include theatrical performances, collections preservation and access, exhibits, oral history projects, public education events, organizational archives projects, films and more. Previously funded projects included a variety of projects around the state. Linn County Museum partnered with Oregon Black Pioneers to incorporate African American history in the permanent exhibit. Cascade AIDS Project collected oral histories and made them accessible. Southern Oregon University completed oral histories and made them available online. Concordia University helped present the Vanport Mosaic Festival. Four Rivers Cultural Center scanned a photo collection.

"We hope to see a variety of projects that engage Oregonians in heritage," states Kuri Gill, heritage grants program coordinator. "We encourage the documentation, preservation and exploration of all aspects of Oregon's heritage."

Applications are submitted online. There is plenty of support for preparing them.

"Our goal is to support organizations of all sizes all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process," notes Gill. Oregon Heritage grants programs staff is happy to discuss projects and review applications in advance.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission's mission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

To learn more about the grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org<http://www.oregonheritage.org> or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov<mailto:Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov> or 503-986-0685.


The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) featured issues, information, and resources pertaining to deaccessioning collection objects on one of their most recent blog posts, http://blogs.aaslh.org/deaccessioning-and-capitalization-of-collections/.

The blog post mentions recent news concerning deaccessioning objects along with several resources to learn more about the topic. They list several webinars at the end of the article that are free to view before Sept. 30 and they also link to sample Deaccession Policies.

This article is a good reminder to review your collections policy with your board and perhaps examine your policy on deaccession and see if it should be updated OR if you don't have a collections policy, this would be a good reminder to begin drafting one in order to have policies and procedures in place regarding your collection. You can always contact the Oregon Heritage MentorCorps to request a mentor to review your collections policy and give recommendations or to help you draft one if you do not already have one in place. To request a Mentor, contact Katie Henry at Katie.Henry at oregon.gov<mailto:Katie.Henry at oregon.gov> or call (503) 986-0671.


Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is partnering with SOLVE to bring cemetery cleanups into the statewide Beach & Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery. Many of these cemeteries were established in the 1800s and are in need of helping hands to remove invasive weeds and woody debris, clean headstones, and assist in other tasks. Cemeteries all over the state, Canby to Coos Bay to Gold Hill are sprucing before Veterans Day and the onset of winter. All cleanups will take place on September 23 unless noted otherwise. To see a complete list of cemeteries and sign up visit the SOLVE website, http://www.solveoregon.org/historic-cemetery-cleanups.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For information about the commission, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov<mailto:Kuri.Gill at oregon.gov>.


The Pilot Butte Canal: Downtown Redmond Segment Historic District in Redmond, Deschutes County, Oregon is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. It is listed under the Carey and Reclamation Acts Irrigation Projects in Oregon 1901-1978 Multiple Property Documentation.

The Pilot Butte Canal is the backbone of one of the two irrigation systems that form what is known as the Central Oregon Project in the Upper Deschutes River basin. The Central Oregon Project was a prominent example of an irrigation project resulting from the provisions of the Carey Desert Land Act (Carey Act), and one that had a tremendous impact on the formation and development of central Oregon. As a principal element of the Central Oregon Project, the Pilot Butte Canal is closely associated with early homesteading and settlement efforts in the Upper Deschutes River basin, and the use of irrigation as a means to improve agricultural production, overcome harsh environmental conditions, and provide a sustainable livelihood with limited resources in the region. Throughout its history the Pilot Butte Canal provided water for agricultural use in Deschutes County, leading to the founding, initial development, and continued growth of the cities of Bend, Redmond, and other communities. The Pilot Butte Canal: Downtown Redmond Segment Historic District is approximately 6,780 feet long, from approximately NW Dogwood Street at the south, where the open canal emerges from underground pipe, to approximately NW Quince Avenue at the north, where it returns to pipe. This portion of the canal is directly associated with the founding of Redmond, which was laid out along it, adjacent to the site of the Frank T. and Josephine Redmond homestead.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the canal segment's nomination in their February 2017 meeting.  It is one of 41 historic properties in Deschutes County that are now listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org<http://www.oregonheritage.org/> (click on "National Register" at left of page).


Oregon Main Street is celebrating 10 years of downtown revitalization this year and the Oregon Heritage Exchange is featuring a series of posts on some of our Oregon Main Street communities. This week, Hillsboro is highlighted and features some of the efforts they have done to fill vacancies in downtown Hillsboro. You can read more about Hillsboro's efforts here: https://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/oregon-main-street-highlight-hillsboro/.


Oregon Commission on Black Affairs (OCBA)
Saturday, August 19th, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The meeting will cover Commissioners' reports and other topics of interest to the Commission.

Public may attend the meeting at:
Concordia University
George R. White Library, Room 120
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211

Guest speakers:

-      Layan Ammouri, OCBA Public Policy Research intern, Masters candidate, Portland State University

-      Dr. Patrick Burk, Assistant Dean, Portland State University Graduate School of Education

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.  Requests for accommodations for people with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours in advance. Contact Nancy Kramer at nancy.kramer at oregon.gov<mailto:nancy.kramer at oregon.gov> or 503.302.9725 regarding accessibility or any other concerns.


Hours: 20 per week
Status: Permanent, Part Time
General Job Description: The Volunteer Coordinator for the Aurora Colony Historical Society recruits, trains and manages the Society's volunteer and membership bases to fulfill our mission: To promote interactive life-long learning by inspiring curiosity about, and preservation of, the heritage of the Aurora Colony. For complete job description and application deadline:

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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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