[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2017-02-27

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Mon Feb 27 12:48:55 PST 2017

1. Bend receives Heritage All-Star Community designation
2. Grant success workshops offered in March
3. Request for proposals for symposium on housing, civil rights, and race in Oregon
4. Lane County History Museum seeks educator
5. Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition


Bend has been designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission as an "Oregon Heritage All-Star Community." The commission created the All-Star program to recognize the strong efforts by communities to broadly preserve and develop heritage resources. The formal presentation of the designation will be given by Christine Curran, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, at the March 1 Bend City Council meeting.

An All-Star designation requires that communities meet at least 15 of 20 criteria related to local heritage. These include heritage tourism efforts, historic preservation programs, photo and document archives, museums, historic cemeteries and more.

"Bend displays wonderful collaboration on heritage efforts," said Todd Mayberry, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "Important historic resources are preserved and nonprofits, the city and county are working together to be sure they are recognized and celebrated. We are looking forward to exploring more of Bend's heritage resources when we bring the statewide Oregon Heritage Conference to town in 2018."

The city is required to maintain at least 15 of the criteria to maintain the Heritage All-Star status. Technical assistance will be provided to Bend and six other all-star communities to maintain, sustain and expand the heritage offerings and facilities.

"As a fourth-generation Bend resident, I'm particularly proud of our heritage and believe it's part of what makes Bend so attractive," said Mayor Casey Roats. "I'm pleased that Bend has received this designation that recognizes the work we've done to preserve our heritage. Continuing to value and protect our local historical resources is more important than ever in this rapidly growing and changing community."

Assistance is available for communities seeking to acquire Heritage All-Star Community status. Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which houses the Oregon Heritage Commission, offers technical support, workshops, grants and other resources for all heritage projects in the state. To learn more, 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.


Oregon Heritage is offering a FREE workshop at three locations in March. The workshop will cover project planning and writing for a successful grant application.
                March 8, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - La Grande City Hall, 1000 Adams Ave
                March 15, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Salem, 725 Summer St NE, room 124A
                March 16, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Webinar

For more information visit the Events Calendar<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/Pages/index.aspx> of the Oregon Heritage website.


The 2018 fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968) offers an opportunity to consider the broader histories of the ways legal and economic structures have dictated who is entitled to what spaces in Oregon. Signed into law in response to the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Fair Housing Act represents a flashpoint in the long history of ways that rights to housing have been racialized in the United States (and, indeed, in Oregon).

The racialized nature of this history pertains to white persons and people of color, as housing discrimination policies and practices are designed to protect whiteness and its associated rights and privileges.  In Oregon, de jure exclusion from property-ownership and access to particular spaces has been tied to race since 1843 Oregon Provisional Donation Land Law.  Oregonians, native and newcomer, have had their rights denied through processes and policies such as treaty negotiations and state and federal laws such as the 1857 Oregon State Constitution, the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, and the 1887 Dawes Act that substantially reduced Indian Reservations. Decades of struggle saw the passage of civil rights laws such as the 1953 Oregon Public Accommodations Act, the 1957 Oregon Fair Housing Act, and the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Across the same timeframe, financial speculation and predatory lending in land and housing has shaped unequal access to living space, property ownership, and wealth.

Working closely with advisers Dr. Karen Gibson and Dr. Carmen Thompson, the Oregon Historical Quarterly's will consider this history in a public symposium tentatively scheduled for May 2018 and special issue of the journal to be published the following year. Proposals are due by Sunday, April 16, 2017. Access the complete RFP and proposal instructions are at: www.ohs.org/housingsymposium<http://www.ohs.org/housingsymposium>.


Part-time, 24hrs/wk, $12.50/hr. Requirements: Bachelor's degree, computer literacy (Microsoft Office, Excel). Previous teaching experience w/museums, schools, cultural organizations, or non-profits a plus. Must work well independently and with others, lift 40 pounds and climb stairs. Some weekend hours required. Send cover letter and resume to: Office Manager, Lane County Historical Museum, 740 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402 or officemanager at lchm.org. Deadline: 4:00 PM, Wednesday, April 5. For more information, call 682-4242.


The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, an all-volunteer run community event, marks its 50th anniversary this 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 Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, 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 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival started in 1968 as a celebration of the summer solstice and all things Scandinavian on Oregon's North Coast. Operated by the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association, this three day festival is held annually during the third weekend in June at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds east of Astoria. The festival attracts thousands of visitors from near and far who are interested in exploring the rich culture and heritage of the Scandinavian countries. From its popular Finnish pancake breakfast to the Running of the Trolls, the festival abounds with educational opportunities in areas of customs, language, and the arts. In addition to traditional handicraft and food booths, entertainment is provided by Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups.

Loran Mathews, Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association President, and Leila Collier, 2017 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Chair, remarked in a joint statement: "We thank the Oregon Historical Commission for this prestigious honor and invite all Oregonians and visitors to share our traditions and heritage by attending our festival."

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. The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts.

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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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