[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2017-09-07

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Thu Sep 7 16:33:10 PDT 2017

In this issue:
1. Resources for emergency recovery available
2. SHPO seeks National Register Program Coordinator
3. Volunteers sought for statewide cemetery cleanup
4. OHS job opportunities
5. Oregon's Iron Jubilee Sept. 9
6. State Library celebrates Oregon's covered bridges in online exhibit
7. Follow researchers search for submerged archaeological sites on the Coast


Our thoughts go out to all of the heritage organizations and collections threatened by the fires across the state. For those affected, there are resources available to help guide you through the recovery process:

-          Oregon Heritage Mentors are available to help you figure out your priorities for recovery and a plan of action. Contact Katie Henry at katie.henry at oregon.gov<mailto:katie.henry at oregon.gov> or (503) 986-0671 to request a mentor.

-          The National Heritage Responders are<https://www.conservation-us.org/emergencies/national-heritage-responders#.WbHTj1Ekppg> also available to help cultural heritage institutions and you can call their hotline at 202-661-8068.


The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department<http://www.oregonstateparks.org/> is currently recruiting for a Program Analyst 2 to serve as the National Register Program Coordinator within the Heritage Division<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/Pages/index.aspx> located at the department headquarters in Salem, Oregon. This is a permanent, full time position, represented by the Service Employee International Union (SEIU). This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified applicants and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

What you will do:
The Program Analyst 2 (National Register Program Coordinator) position is responsible for the local administration of National Register of Historic Places program in Oregon in accordance with state and federal guidelines. This position also assists in administering Oregon's survey and inventory, Certified Local Government, and Environmental Compliance programs for historic buildings and sites, as required by federal and state laws.

For a complete list of qualifications, desired attributes, and specific duties and for information on how to apply visit here<https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/1836632/program-analyst-2-national-register-program-coordinator?department%5b0%5d=Parks%20%26%20Recreation-State%20Historic%20Preservation%20Office&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs>.


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.

To learn more about the difference a cemetery workday can make, visit the most recent post on the Oregon Heritage Exchange Blog featuring Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery in Coos Bay: https://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/the-power-of-a-cemetery-clean-up-workday/


Are you an experienced librarian or archivist with a passion for history? Seize a rare opportunity! The Oregon Historical Society is seeking applicants for two new full time positions in the Research Library.

The Collections Management Librarian<https://ohs.applicantpro.com/jobs/634041.html> will provide leadership for archival collection management as well as stewardship of the OHS library's manuscripts collections.

The Technical Services Librarian<https://ohs.applicantpro.com/jobs/634100.html> will manage the library's online catalog as well as its print collections.

Become part of a committed and dynamic team taking bold steps to advance access to the rich collections of the Oregon Historical Society. Both positions require strong technical and interpersonal skills and a firm grounding in American history.

Applications are through the OHS online system only: https://ohs.applicantpro.com/jobs/


Oregon's Iron Jubilee celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Oregon iron industry.  The festival, which is co-sponsored by the Lake Oswego Preservation Society and the City of Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department, takes place on Saturday September 9th from 3:00 to 9:00 pm in Lake Oswego's George Rogers Park and Old Town Neighborhood.

Family-friendly festivities include a pioneer baseball game played with 1860s rules and replica uniforms; live bluegrass music and clogging; a blacksmith demonstration; food vendors; and horse-drawn wagon rides between the furnace and the Society's museum housed in the City's last remaining Iron Company Worker's Cottage.  Most of the festival events will take place beside the Oswego Furnace, the only 19th century iron furnace still standing west of the Rocky Mountains.

A companion exhibit at the History Center & Museum explains the significance of the anniversary.   The first production of native iron on the Pacific Coast was a landmark event.  Prior to 1867, all iron on the West Coast was imported.  It had to be shipped 17,000 miles around the Horn in a hazardous voyage that took four to five months.  The product of the Oswego Furnace was "pig iron," rough iron bars that are the raw material from which all iron and steel products are made.  Iron foundries and steel mills in San Francisco and Portland were the principal markets for Oregon iron.  The exhibit will be on view through the end of 2017.


For the month of September, the State Library has curated a collection of photographs and documents in celebration of some of the state's most treasured features - covered bridges. The original Oregon covered bridges were built by pioneers in the mid-1850s and continued to be built well into the 1950s. At one time, there were an estimated 450 covered bridges statewide. As these beautiful and nostalgic structures began to age, with many of them collapsing entirely, the concern for their preservation rose. Spearheaded by Senator Mae Yih, the 1987 Legislative Assembly created the Oregon Covered Bridge Program to help fund maintenance and rehabilitation projects throughout the state. Due to these efforts, we can treasure the remaining 50 covered bridges still in existence today. To learn more about Oregon's covered bridges, visit our digital highlight<http://digital.osl.state.or.us/islandora/object/osl:covered_bridges>.


Finding Oregon's Lost Coast: Searching for Submerged Landscapes and Archaeological Sites Near Heceta Bank
>From September 6-11, Dr. Loren Davis of Oregon State University will lead a scientific expedition to map areas of Oregon's central coast for submerged coastal landscapes and to search for evidence of early sites along ancient coastlines.  Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Exploration and Research (http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov), and in collaboration with the Bureau of Ocean Exploration and Management (https://www.boem.gov and at http://www.submergedlandscapes.com), this project will take place aboard the Ocean Exploration Trust's E/V Nautilus.

Continuing the mission to document unexplored regions of the ocean, the Nautilus team will conduct geophysical surveys near Heceta Bank to search for ancient coastal landscapes and possible archaeological sites that may have been above above sea level 21,000-15,000 years ago. Conducting high-resolution seafloor mapping<http://www.nautiluslive.org/blog/2016/09/08/more-just-bathymetry-seafloor-mapping-tool-exploration> and conducting short ROV dives to groundtruth data, Earth scientists and archaeologists will use this data to learn more about past coastal environments and prehistoric human migration.
The question of how and when humans migrated from northeastern Asia into North America is a significant archaeological topic. Twenty thousand years ago, when the last Pleistocene ice maximum was in full swing, great ice sheets locked up much of the Earth's water, and sea level was lower by 120-135 meters (394 - 443 feet) than it is today. In most places, the sea was at the outer edge of the continental shelves, which were carved by fluctuating sea levels during the advance and retreat of ice sheets. Flora and fauna along these ancient shorelines was likely quite different, though little is known of these areas because they are hidden deep in the ocean.

The first human explorers to reach North America probably came during the last glacial lowstand, in which sea levels were low, by using watercraft to skirt the edge of ice sheets or by walking along unglaciated coastal tracts. If some of these early migrations were along the coast, we need to look on the continental shelves for evidence. Archaeologists hypothesize the earliest archaeological sites in the New World may be found along the northeastern Pacific Ocean's coastal margin where they are buried in submerged terrestrial landforms that were once part of exposed ancient coastal landscapes.

North American Pacific coastal sites are younger than North America's earliest interior sites probably due to geological processes along the Pacific Coast that destroyed, buried, or submerged earlier sites. If the hypothesis that the Americas were initially peopled by coastal migration is correct, then the northeastern Pacific coast is a critical area of archaeological concern. However, at this time, nothing is known about North American Pacific coastal sites dating between 14,500 - 12,800 years ago--the period that is contemporaneous with the earliest evidence of New World human occupation.

Expedition Objectives
Nautilus will conduct surveys with geophysical instruments, ROV Hercules, and ROV Argus to search for, locate and study late Pleistocene-aged submerged terrestrial landforms and possible prehistoric archaeological sites on Oregon's continental shelf.

- Conduct multibeam sonar and subbottom profiler surveys within and surrounding the reconstructed drainages of paleorivers that ran through the Ice Age coast of Oregon.
- Focus geophysical surveys on areas of the Pacific outer continental shelf corresponding to the projected position of shorelines 21,000-15,000 years ago, near a prehistoric peninsula (present day Heceta Bank).
- Collect imagery of submerged terrestrial landforms and seafloor conditions in two areas of the ancient stream drainages (see Area 1 and Area 2 on the paleocoastal map below).
- Collect geological and biological samples from these submerged terrestrial landforms and ancient stream drainages

For more information, visit the Ocean Exploration Trust's webpage at: http://www.oceanexplorationtrust.org/

Follow us Aboard the Nautilus

The Nautilus is a unique research vessel, offering live video feeds of onboard work and real-time discoveries.  You can follow the expedition by watching live cameras aboard the Nautilus at: http://www.nautiluslive.org/

You can also send in questions to the expedition via the Nautilus Live portal.

Follow the expedition on Twitter: @EVNautilus, @LorenGDavis

and on Instagram: lorendavis2640

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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