[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2017-02-09

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Thu Feb 9 14:53:58 PST 2017

1. Alco Apartments listed in the National Register of Historic Places
2. Oregon Heritage seeks summer interns
3. Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation meeting in Portland Feb 16-17
4. Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs meets Feb 13
5. Speaker Series Feb-April at the State Capitol
6. McMinnville Downtown Association seeks promotions and events manager
7. Oregonian features tools for historic home research
8. 100th birthday party for Portland's Interstate Bridge


The Alco Apartments, also known as the Vivian Apartments, located at 100-110 NE Martin Luther King Blvd. in inner-northeast Portland, is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1912 at the north end of Portland's central east side, the Alco Apartments opened at a time when east Portland was rapidly urbanizing, with competing commercial and residential uses vying for available space. Of key importance to these developments was proximity to streetcar lines connecting residential neighborhoods and suburban communities with the east side business district and downtown Portland. As a response to these competing needs, a new type of mixed-use building emerged in Portland in the closing decades of the nineteenth century and during the early twentieth century, combining storefronts at street level with apartments above, meeting the needs of both sectors. As development of new buildings in the central east side progressed during 1912, the Alco Apartments was featured in an ongoing series in The Sunday Oregonian, following their construction and highlighting their modern amenities and fine design. Strategically located on the streetcar line that traveled along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (then Union Avenue), the Alco was completed just before the rapid expansion of the automobile in the city, which would ultimately replace the streetcar as the dominant transportation mode until the late 20th century reintroduction and expansion of mass rail transit.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their October 2016 meeting.  It is one of five historic properties in Portland that were listed in the National Register in 2016. The National Register 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).


The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), part of Oregon Heritage within the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, is recruiting an intern(s) to assist with several historic preservation projects and other related work from June -September 2017.

Preference will be given to graduate students in programs related to historic preservation or have a historic preservation emphasis. Coursework or practical experience in conducting architectural surveys and preparing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places is desired. Selected interns will work closely together to assist with several historic preservation projects, including reconnaissance and intensive level architectural surveys, National Register nominations, façade design assistance, public presentations to interested parties, Certified Local Government meetings and reviews, historic property site visits, Section 106 processes and other preservation projects, both as a way to assist the SHPO in its duties and to expose the intern to a variety of SHPO programs. Work includes actual projects to be completed to further SHPO programs and preservation in Oregon.

The selected intern must be able to travel daily to the SHPO in Salem to work on projects and have a flexible schedule that accommodates occasional overnight travel in other areas of the state. Experience using databases and photography is highly preferred. Research and writing skills are also highly desirable.

Compensation is $13.72 per hour, up to 480 hours. Per Diem for overnight travel includes lodging, transportation and meals. For more information and/or application instructions contact Katie.Henry at oregon.gov<mailto:Katie.Henry at oregon.gov> or (503) 986-0671.


Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places in a two-day meeting on Thursday and Friday, February 16th and 17th at the Eastmoreland Golf Course clubhouse at 2425 SE Bybee Boulevard in Portland, OR, 97202. Public hearings on the nominations will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and are open to the public.  A tour of the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District will begin at 2:00 p.m., departing from the parking lot of the clubhouse. Members of the public are welcome to attend, but must provide their own transportation. On Friday, public hearings on the nominations will begin on 9:15 a.m.  The hearing on the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District will begin at 1:00 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend and testify.

The Committee will review the Federal Irrigation Projects in Oregon, 1901-1978, Multiple Property Document, as well as three associated nominations. The committee will hear the Troy Field nomination in Bend, OR at 12:15 p.m. On Friday, the committee will hear a barn nomination in Blachly, Lane County; a farmhouse in Springfield, Lane County; a nurse's dormitory in Portland, Multnomah County; and a community hall in Manzanita, Tillamook County. The day will culminate with the hearing on the Eastmoreland Historic District. The agenda and electronic copies of all meeting documents are available online at: http://www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/nrhp_sachphome.shtml.

Nominations recommended by the SACHP go to the National Park Service, which maintains the Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Members of the Committee hold credentials in many historic preservation-related fields.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the hearing impaired may be made by calling (503) 986-0655. More information about the National Register and Oregon properties listed in the Register is online at www.oregonheritage.org<http://www.oregonheritage.org/> (click on "National Register" at left of page).


Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs (OCHA)
Monday, February 13, 2017
11:00AM - 1:00PM

Agenda items will include a legislative discussion and other topics of interest to the Commission. Commissioners will also vote to amend the OCHA Bylaws, and elect OCHA Vice Chair.

The public can attend this meeting at:
The Lincoln Building
421 SW Oak Street
Ste 770 Conference Room
Portland, OR 97204

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 to request accommodations for people with disabilities.

Contact Nancy Kramer at nancy.kramer at oregon.gov<mailto:nancy.kramer at oregon.gov> or 503-302-9725 with questions.


Programming for the Oregon State Capitol History Gateway Speaker Series has been set for February, March and April. Most programs will be at noon in Hearing Room C. See individual listings for specific details. If you are unable to make it to the event, speakers will be streamed live on the internet and can be viewed at www.oregonlegislature.gov<http://www.oregonlegislature.gov>.

Oregon history is the focus in February, which coincides with the state's birthday. Renown author Jane Kirkpatrick will speak at noon, Thursday, February 16 in Hearing Room C. Kirkpatrick will be discussing her latest novel, "The Road We Traveled," which focuses on the "Mother of Oregon" Tabitha Moffatt Brown and her journey on the Oregon Trail. After the talk Kirkpatrick will be signing her books, which will be for sale in the Capitol Store.

On Friday, February 17 at noon in Hearing Room C, author RC Marlen will retell stories of historic Oregon and reading from her novel, "Grist." Marlen will also be signing her books after her talk, and the books will be for sale in the Capitol Store.

Women's History Month is the focus for March. Senator Mae Yih will be speaking at noon on Thursday, March 9 in Hearing Room C. Yih made history in 1976 when she became the first Chinese-American woman elected to a state legislature in the United States. She will be signing her book, "East Meets West," in front of the Capitol Store after her talk.

Governor Barbara Roberts will be speaking at noon on Thursday, March 23 in Hearing Room C. Roberts served as the 34th Governor of Oregon from 1991 to 1995 and was the first woman elected to that position. She will be reading from her book, "Up the Capitol Steps," which is for sale in the Capitol Store and can be signed after the talk.

In April the focus is Earth Awareness. Unfortunately, this discussion is not programmed during the lunch hour. Dr. Sheila Sund will be presenting information on the Cascadia Subduction Zone from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 14 in Hearing Room 50.

For more information about the Speaker Series, please call Visitor Services at 503-986-1388 or go to the events page at www.oregoncapitol.com<http://www.oregoncapitol.com>.


McMinnville Downtown Association, part of the Oregon Main Street Network, see seeking a full-time Events and Promotions Manager. Applicant should have excellent organizational, communication and writing skills, as well as public relations experience, marketing and design experience, managerial capacity, and a strong event planning background. Basic computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel required. Previous nonprofit experience a plus, with demonstrated ability in the areas of project management, special event planning, and volunteer recruitment and management. Position requires a dynamic, outgoing team player with demonstrated ability to multi-task and work effectively with diverse community stakeholders. The Events and Promotions Manager will report directly to the Executive Director. Bachelor's degree preferred but experience will be considered in lieu of a degree. Starting salary is $30,000. Benefits include paid holidays, PTO and IRA SEP after three years' employment. Position is open until filled. To be considered, submit a resume, cover letter (500 words maximum) stating qualifications and three design samples to: Rebecca at DowntownMcMinnville.com<mailto:Rebecca at DowntownMcMinnville.com>

A full job description is available via email or online at www.DowntownMcminnville.com<http://www.DowntownMcminnville.com>. Questions should be directed to: Info at DowntownMcMinnville.com<mailto:Info at DowntownMcMinnville.com>

The McMinnville Downtown Association (MDA) is a 501(c)6 non-profit that works to promote and enhance our historic downtown as the economic, social and cultural heart of the community. McMinnville is a Nationally Accredited, Performing Main Street community. Downtown McMinnville has won numerous awards in the past three years, they include:
Parade Magazine's Second Best Main Street in America.
American Planning Association's Great Street Award for Third Street.
Sunset Magazine's Best Main Street in the West.


If you are looking for ways to research your home, check out this article from the Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2017/01/portland_old_home_still_standi.html.


Saturday, February 11, 2017, 3-6pm at the Red Lion on the River, Jantzen Beach. Activities include announcing winners of essay contest, period specific music, cake and a historic pictorial walk through an exhibit. For more information visit www.pdxbridgefestival.org<http://www.pdxbridgefestival.org>.

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