[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2017-01-19

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Thu Jan 19 12:55:43 PST 2017

1. Oregon Heritage Exchange blog features a successful Main Street grant project
2. Free Connecting to Collections Webinar Jan 26 featuring film preservation
3. OSU Special Collections Jan 26 event featuring oral history tradition
4. NEH Preservation Assistance Grants and free LYRASIS webinars
5. Society for American Archivists scholarships info
6. Upcoming Vanport Mosaic produced drama, Left Hook,  Jan 20-22


The grant process can seem daunting to some organization, but in the newest Oregon Heritage Exchange blog post Revitalize Oregon! reveals how they navigated the process and were able to accomplish a significant improvement to their downtown landscape. This is a great read for those interesting in applying for the 2017 round of Oregon Heritage grants now open for applications. This includes the newest grant program only open to communities in the Oregon Main Street network, the Main Street Revitalization Grant.

Find information on Oregon Heritage Grants here<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx> or contact Kuri Gill at kuri.gill at oregon.gov<mailto:kuri.gill at oregon.gov> or (503) 986-0685.


Preserving Film Collections for the Future: A Web Application
January 26, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm EST

Do you have movie films, slides, microfilms, and photographic film negatives of various types in your collections and you are not quite sure of the best way to take care of those materials? Are you unsure about whether you have a critical situation on your hands because of nitrate films or negatives? Or, do you know what to do if your collection has deteriorating acetate films? Do you know what or where to find the latest recommendations for preserving your materials? FilmCare.org is designed to help you keep up to date on the latest recommendations and to make it possible for you to make the best preservation choices for your collection.

This webinar will show you how to use FilmCare.org – a stand-alone, free resource designed to help guide you through the process of not only understanding what you have, but also how best to take care of it. You will learn the ins and outs of the website and understand how to access the critical information you need to know and be guided through the process of making informed decisions to optimize the longevity of your film collections. A series of interactive steps enables you to identify what you have, to set priorities, evaluate material needs, program and design storage strategies, and implement and monitor the preservation of film collections. Using the website’s resources, you will be able to analyze survey results, to evaluate the benefits of any storage on film stability, to choose between alternative approaches, to implement an appropriate preservation strategy, and most importantly, to proactively monitor your collection’s state of preservation over time.

Find this webinar and past webinars at www.connectingtocollections.org<http://www.connectingtocollections.org>.


Oregon State University’s Special Collections and Archives Research is hosting an event Thursday, January 26th at 4:00 PM in the SCARC Reading Room on the 5th floor of the Valley Library.

Chris Peterson, Natalia Fernández, and Tiah Edmunson-Morton will present “Catching Stories: The Oral History Tradition at Oregon State University,” a talk and exhibit tour that traces the oral history tradition at OSU from its beginnings, through the Horner Museum era, and up to today. In recent years, OSU’s oral history work has coalesced into one of the more active programs on the West Coast, and this talk will focus on newer projects such as the OSU Sesquicentennial Oral History Project<http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/oh150/index.html>, Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives<http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/ohba.html>, and Oregon Multicultural Archives<http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/oma/index.html>, and the History of Science Oral History Collection<http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/findingaids/?p=collections/findingaid&id=1923>. We will also share a new initiative to provide access to our oral histories using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (http://www.oralhistoryonline.org/). Following the presentation, guests will be provided with a tour of the new oral history-focused exhibit in the SCARC foyer.

This event is the latest to be offered by SCARC as part of our Collections at the Center series; more information can be found at http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/cac.html.

Please contact Chris Petersen at scarc at oregonstate.edu<mailto:scarc at oregonstate.edu> or (541) 737-2075 with questions.


Preservation Assistance Grants, awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), help small and mid-sized institutions, such as libraries, historical societies, and archival repositories, improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials. Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities that are the focus of their projects. Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are especially encouraged to apply.

The application deadline of May 2, 2017 is for projects beginning in January, 2018. For additional information and grant application materials, use this link:

Join LYRASIS for one of their free webinars on writing NEH Preservation Assistance Grants (PAGs)!

Institutions can apply for a PAG to fund consulting, training, equipment, supplies, or other activities related to preservation. For more information and to read the guidelines visit  https://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-assistance-grants-smaller-institutions

The free webinars will provide advice on the grant writing process, and Mary Downs, Senior Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities, will join the session to provide additional information and answer questions.  Sign up for one of the following sessions at https://www.lyrasis.org/Pages/events.aspx

February 8th, 1 – 2:30pm EST
March 14th, 3:00 – 4:30 EST
March 23rd, 11:00 – 12:30 EST

If you’re unable to attend at those times, the recording will also be made available to anyone registered for the session, so you can watch at your convenience. Please get in touch with Annie Peterson, annie.peterson at lyrasis.org<mailto:annie.peterson at lyrasis.org>, if you have any questions about the webinars.


Josephine Forman Scholarship
The application period for the 2017 Society of American Archivists Josephine Forman Scholarship is now open.  If you are an eligible graduate student in archival science, apply!  If you know of an eligible graduate student, please forward this information to that student with encouragement to submit an application!   Applications must be submitted to SAA by February 28. The purpose of the Josephine Forman Scholarship is to provide financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist, and to promote the diversification of the American archives profession. The scholarship is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it. The recipient of the award will receive a scholarship of $10,000. Awardees also may be invited to attend the annual meeting of the General Commission on Archives and History and/or the Quadrennial Historical Convocation, with funding provided by GCAH.

For more details, including eligibility requirements, or to download the application form please visit:

SAA Mosaic Scholarship
The application period for the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Mosaic Scholarship is currently open, with a deadline of February 28, 2017. The Mosaic Scholarship was established to provide financial and mentoring support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue careers in archives, and to promote the diversification of the American archival profession. The award is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archival profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

Up to two scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded, contingent on available funds. In addition, each scholarship recipient receives a one-year complimentary membership to SAA and complimentary registration to the Society’s Annual Meeting. For more information on the scholarship, eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit: http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-mosaic<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www2.archivists.org_governance_handbook_section12-2Dmosaic&d=DQMFaQ&c=8hUWFZcy2Z-Za5rBPlktOQ&r=u6PnbNPZIW2jISaod07jpRZa1xl-uo6C-eOwOtaiHws&m=O-pmJY5k4Crqmilt7PX18QRBzlxoPwn5tz_Zu4YuZic&s=MKf8gMwD7siOI5dro3qxinuJn314i582114fDVeMdYo&e=>.

Donald Peterson Student Travel Award
The Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs.  The award subsidizes travel to the SAA Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of the Association by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable. Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant’s essay and letters of recommendation. Up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting. Submit three copies of a 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival profession, unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma, Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's qualifications, and the application form.

The application deadline is February 28, 2017.  If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Rachel Howard, Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee Chair, at jody.thompson at library.gatech.edu<mailto:rachel.howard at louisville.edu>.


Vanport Mosaic is producing Rich Rubin's new drama about gentrification and community displacement in 1970’s Portland, set in an Albina boxing club, directed by our very own Damaris Webb. In this blog post<http://www.vanportmosaic.org/blog/> she shares her personal connection to the storyline touching "on the intermixed experiences of African-American Soldiers returned from Vietnam, the aborted Legacy Emanuel Hospital Expansion, the Black Panther Movement, and Portland’s once world famous black boxing community in Albina."

Join them for one of the four public performances at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) in Portland Jan. 20-22. Visit here<https://www.boxofficetickets.com/go/event?id=316823> for more information.

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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