[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2017-11-17

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Fri Nov 17 14:14:45 PST 2017

In this issue:
1. Four recent Oregon listings in the National Register of Historic Places
2. Grants awarded for heritage projects throughout state
3. Northwest Archivists Native American Collections Roundtable seeks proposals
4. Parking fees waived for Green Friday at Oregon State Parks
5. American Battlefield Protection Program 2018 grant announcement


Peacock Lane Historic District
Peacock Lane, a small, distinctive neighborhood comprising 32 residences located between SE Stark and SE Belmont Streets, in place of SE 40th Avenue in the east Portland grid. It was developed as a small, planned community between 1923 and 1930 by Richard Fleming Wassell, real estate developer and designer of most of the houses in the district. The district is well-known throughout the City of Portland for its collection of uniquely unified residential architecture, all of which reflect Tudor Revival and English Cottage styles based on medieval European precedents. The Peacock Lane Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its unified architectural design language, and for its early accommodation of the automobile, most notably demonstrated by the inclusion of attached and detached garages on every property. In addition to these features, for which the district was listed through the Multiple Property Submission, "Historic Residential Suburbs in the United States, 1830-1960," the district is widely recognized for its highly-anticipated annual Christmas Lights display, which draws thousands of visitors to the district during the holiday season.

Redmond Downtown Historic District
The Redmond Downtown Historic District embraces the historic commercial core of Redmond, including 43 downtown buildings located primarily along SW 6th Street roughly between SW Forest Avenue and SW Cascade Avenue.  The historic district reflects the period of economic and commercial growth in Redmond between 1910 and 1960, beginning with the years shortly after the founding of the city, when the earliest remaining downtown buildings were constructed, up through the end of major expansion in the post-World War II era. During this period, the population of Redmond expanded from 216 in 1910 to 3,340 in 1960. Architecturally, the district demonstrates the continuity of dominant design styles during the pre-war period of the twentieth century, including Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Art Deco, and Streamlined Moderne styles, and extending to the early post-war architectural styles, in particular, the International Style.

Reed-Cobb-Bowser House and Barn
The Reed-Cobb-Bowser House and Barn is located on Merlin Road in the unincorporated town of Merlin, approximately seven miles northwest of Grants Pass, in rural Josephine County. Built in 1910-11, the 2-1/2 story Craftsman-style house is associated with early 20th century movement in many parts of western Oregon to promote residential-agricultural development on relatively small, usually 5 to 10-acre parcels. In 1909, a group of wealthy investors led by brothers William T. and Franklin E. Reed began purchasing property around Merlin for the purpose of both speculating on the land itself and fostering the development of an orchard economy in the area. The Reed-Cobb-Bowser House was originally built in 1910-11 as the headquarters and clubhouse for what became known as the Country Club Orchard development, as well as the residence of William T. Reed's daughters, Grace and Marian Reed. Though initially successful, the project soon faltered, and by the early 1920s, undeveloped land began to be sold off to satisfy debt. The house remained in the ownership of William T. Reed, who, upon his death in 1924, passed ownership to Marian and Grace. Grace lived in the house with her husband, Everett Cobb until 1936, when the house was sold to miner Heber E. Bowser and his wife, Clementine, the wealthy heiress of Portland family wealth. Clementine, in addition to owning and managing several successful mines in the area, was also a well-known equestrian, and is responsible for the large and well-appointed horse barn that accompanies the house on the National Register. In addition to its association with the events of local development, the house is also recognized as an exceptional example of the Craftsman style of architecture, widely popular across the United States during the early 20th century.

Foster-Simmons House
The Foster-Simmons House, located at 417 E 13th Avenue, in the West University neighborhood of Eugene, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as an excellent, nearly intact example of the Craftsman style of residential architecture. It was built for $3000 in 1913 by attorney Orla H. Foster and his wife, Maidee, who lived in the house until 1921, when it was sold to Earl C. Simmons, owner of the E.C. Simmons Ford Dealership. After passing through a series of short-term owners, the house was offered for rent to University students beginning during the 1930s. From the 1940s until 1975, the home was owned and occupied by Mabel and Elroy Reagan. Since 1975, the house has been the home of the Eugene chapter of Young Life, a Christian youth support and development organization. The three-bedroom house displays many characteristic features of the Craftsman style, including varied exterior siding and window types, open eaves, a projecting front porch with heavy concrete piers and exposed structural elements, and a modest porte cochere. Interior elements include an open floor plan, built-in features, and an abundance of simple but elegant woodwork. The house retains a high degree of interior and exterior integrity, and clearly conveys its style and period of construction through its original form, features, and materials. As one of only six single-family Craftsman dwellings in the fragile West University area that have been evaluated as being National Register-eligible, the Foster-Simmons House is a stand-out example of its type in the neighborhood and in Eugene.

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 Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Projects range from exhibits to oral history and awards range from $2,000-$20,000.

Funded organizations include:
* Abernethy Elementary School PTA, in Portland, for the restoration of a WPA mural in the school.
* Astoria Public Library to organize historic archives.
* Benton County Historical Society and Museum for conservation of historic objects to be displayed in the new museum in Corvallis.
* Butte Creek Mill Foundation for the restoration of the Butte Creek Mill destroyed by fire in Eagle Point.
* Chetco Historical Memorial Committee for enhancements to the Chetco Indian Memorial site in Brookings.
* Cottage Grove Museum for improvements to an exhibit about a survivor of the wreck of the Titanic including the jacket worn by her onboard.
* Four Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, for the restoration of the Harano photography neon sign.
* Gorge Owned, in Hood River, for the development and marketing of two podcasts about Columbia River Gorge history.
* High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, for improvements to the Frontier Days school program.
* Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, in Cave Junction, to create and perform an original production about food farm heritage.
* Linn County Historical Museum, in Brownsville, for improvements to the exhibit about the history of the local indigenous people.
* Oregon Historical Society, in Portland, to develop and implement the Indigenous Oregon History series for Tribes to share history and culture with broad public audiences.
* Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to evaluate and update a walking tour with added stories and sites exploring South Portland's historic, cultural, ethnic and racial dynamics.
* Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to digitize, to translate and publish on-line two collections; FBI documents from the Koyama Family and 10 special issues of Oregon Nippo, a Japanese language newspaper.
* The Vanport Mosaic, in Portland, to collect and present the history of the northeast Portland neighborhood of Albina 1950s-1980s through multimedia oral histories, a new play, and engagement activities.
* Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to complete phase three of the Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County exhibit.
* The University of Oregon, in Eugene, to provide training and equipment to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to digitize photographs, slides, and scrapbooks that will be annotated by community members and published to the tribes' online, digital collection.
* Whiteaker Community Council to conduct 10 oral histories, digitize photos in private collections, and upload these to its website.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, 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 mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission 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.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, 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 Native American Collections Roundtable seeks to support sessions at the 2018 Northwest Archivist Conference that address the needs and interests of cultural heritage professionals at Tribally-funded institutions and archivists at non-Tribal institutions who curate collections about indigenous groups. Potential topics include:
*         Digital Archives and Preservation
*         Cultural Stewardship
*         Community-based Archives
*         Cataloging and Cultural Protocols
*         Inter-generational Engagement
*         Grant Projects: Obstacles and/or Success Stories

The Roundtable will select two submissions and work with the presenters to strengthen the proposals. The Roundtable will also sponsor the proposal to the Program Committee to get the session on the program. Preference will be given to proposals that relate to Native American collections and that include speakers from Tribally-funded institutions.
If you are interested is presenting and/or organizing a session at Northwest Archivists, please fill out the application<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSWWGGJT0-IfgIRa9Lf5VkpnI-rLo2MNS86SFHyGL68X62SA/viewform> by Monday, December 3. If you have questions regarding the scholarship, you may contact Steven Bingo at sbingo at ewu.edu<mailto:sbingo at ewu.edu> or (509) 359-2302.

Post on NACR website: https://nwanac.wordpress.com/resources/nwa-sponsored-session/
Application Link<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSWWGGJT0-IfgIRa9Lf5VkpnI-rLo2MNS86SFHyGL68X62SA/viewform>


Oregon State Parks invites you to play for free on Nov. 24 in celebration of 'Green Friday.' The agency will waive day-use parking fees in 26 Oregon State Parks the day after Thanksgiving.

"We started this tradition three years ago to encourage people to opt outside," said OPRD director Lisa Sumption. "Why not get some fresh air with your family and create a new holiday tradition?"

To help celebrate, the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation is offering free hot drinks and snacks at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Fort Stevens State Park, Rooster Rock State Park, Silver Falls State Park and Cape Blanco State Park. Refreshments -- donated by Starbucks Coffee, Nossa Familia Coffee, Smith Tea, Stevens Cocoa and KIND Bars -- will be served by volunteers from the local Friends Groups.

Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the 26 parks that charge $5 daily for parking. The waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 25, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 3 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. A list of parks that require day-use parking permits is at bit.ly/OregonStateParksParking.

Daily parking permits can be purchased on site, but one- and two-year passes are also available online at store.oregonstateparks.org.

Visit the Oregon State Parks website for directions to each park: oregonstateparks.org.


The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP), of the National Park Service, invites non-profit groups, academic institutions, and local, regional, state, and tribal governments to submit applications for the 2018 Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants. The purpose of this grant program is to provide seed money for projects that lead directly to the identification, preservation and interpretation of battlefield land and/or historic sites associated with battlefields.  In recent years grants have averaged $40,000 per award. Applications must be received either electronically through Grants.gov by 3 pm (EST) January 18, 2018. For details visit Grants.gov<https://nps.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=21c1e524a978c0c3902755344&id=c724e24052&e=e2524f3c66> or https://www.nps.gov/abpp/grants/battlefieldgrants/2018grants.html<https://nps.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=21c1e524a978c0c3902755344&id=4214190f5b&e=e2524f3c66>.

While ABPP is accepting applications at this time, grant awards are subject to Fiscal Year 18 appropriations and availability of funds. For technical assistance regarding your application or additional program information, contact Kristen McMasters, Archeologist and Grants Manager, at Kristen_McMasters at nps.gov<mailto:Kristen_McMasters at nps.gov?subject=2018%20Planning%20Grant>.

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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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