[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2018-02-23

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Fri Feb 23 15:47:01 PST 2018

In this issue:
1. Lebanon Strawberry Festival Designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition
2. High Desert Museum's Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo exhibit showing through April 30
3. 11th Annual Cultural Resource Protection Summmit May 23-24 near Poulsbo, WA
4. Local grant opportunities
5. Vanport oral history screening, presentation and exhibit Feb. 27


The Lebanon Strawberry Festival, a volunteer-powered community-wide event, marks its upcoming 109th year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, Medford's Pear Blossom Festival, the Pendleton Round-Up, and the Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana.

"The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the state," said Todd Kepple, the commission's chair. "This event truly celebrates local heritage in Oregon."

The Lebanon Strawberry Festival started in 1909 as a way to showcase Lebanon and promote the berry industry. Today, the county-wide celebration has grown from a parade and shows on the dirt streets of downtown Lebanon to a 4-day festival at Cheadle Lake Park that includes multiple parades, a royalty court, a carnival, a race, and the world's largest strawberry shortcake.

Jami Cate, Chair of the Strawberry Festival Board, acknowledges how the tradition has grown along with the town. "The City of Lebanon is growing and changing, and it's fun to see the contrast between the traditional ways of life for the area-the tractors and log trucks driving through the parade, the generations-old insurance companies and banks still sponsoring the Festival-and the new aspects of Lebanon-the medical college volunteering at the 5k Race, the new breweries and restaurants sponsoring our events, the new city park being named "Strawberry Plaza."

The Lebanon Strawberry Festival wouldn't be possible without countless hours of volunteer work. A 30 member board plans and runs the festival each year along with over 100 additional volunteers. Over 10,000 participants attend from across the county and the state.

"We're really pleased to learn that the Strawberry Festival has earned this honor," Jami said. "We invite all Oregonians to share our tradition and a piece of shortcake by attending the festival." The festival will be held May 31- June 3, 2018.

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.


Consisting of 41 black-and-white photographs taken between 1988 and 1992, Blake Little: Photographs of the Gay Rodeo documents the gay rodeo circuit and the lives of many of its participants during those years. The collected body of work not only serves as a stunning example of black-and-white portraiture and rodeo photography, it also explores the diverse and complex natures of individual and community identity in the West.

This exhibit received an Oregon Heritage Museum Grant. The Museum Grant is currently open for applications, you can find the grant guidelines and application instructions here<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx>.

Those attending the 2018 Oregon Heritage Conference in Bend April 11-13 will have a chance to see this exhibit before it ends at the end of April. Registration for the conference is opening soon. You can view conference details, including a preliminary agenda, by visiting here<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx>. Major Conference Sponsors include: Indow<https://indowwindows.com/>, Oregon Historical Society<http://www.ohs.org/>, and Restore Oregon<https://restoreoregon.org/>.


Planning and Early Bird registration for the 11th Annual Cultural Resource Protection Summit on May 23-24 at the Suquamish Tribe's House of Awakened Culture near Poulsbo, WA, are underway.

This year, the Summit agenda includes an engaging array of cutting-edge topics that will encourage attendees to examine the benefits of a landscape approach and how it might inform workable solutions for today's most pressing challenges to effective cultural resource protection.  If you are a CRM professional, a land use planner, or someone who works with these parties, you need to attend the 11th Annual Summit!

The Summit Agenda Planning Committee also invites you to apply for a free Summit registration donated by our event producer, the nonprofit Eppard Vision.  All submissions are due by April 23.  The Committee will review the submissions and award one free registration in each of the following categories:  Tribes, agencies, consultants, and students.  Winners will be notified on May 1.

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Clackamas County County Tourism & Cultural Affairs Community Partnership Grant
Deadline: 5pm, March 5, 2018
Community Partnership Program (CPP) Grants are made available by Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory (OMHT) for tourism-related projects in local communities. On-line applications are submitted to Mt. Hood Territory. They are then forwarded to local grant review committees for consideration. Qualifying projects are those that demonstrate an ability to: 1) increase overnight stays in lodging facilities, 2) bring visitors into a community from more than 50 miles away to recreate, shop, dine or take in the arts, cultural or historic offerings, and/or 3) entice visitors to linger longer in a community within Clackamas County. The most competitive projects are those that offer the greatest potential to increase tourism* activity within the communities they are seeking funding. Visit here<https://www.mthoodterritory.com/grant-programs> for more information.

Willamette Valley Visitors Association Grant Program
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Grants require a minimum 10 percent match with a project request range of $2,000 to $10,000. Eligible applicants may apply for projects that contribute to the development and improvement of Willamette Valley communities. For more information and guidelines visit here<http://www.oregonwinecountry.org/grants>.


FREE evening dedicated to the history of Vanport and its legacy as part of "Exploring Our Oregon History Through Art and Experience" series curated by Oregon Episcopal School.

Screening of Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through the Voices of Its Residents
with presentation and exhibit display

Tuesday, February 27th, 6-7:30pm
in the Upper Fariss Hall on the Oregon Episcopal School Campus
6300 SW Nicol Rd, Portland, Oregon 97223

A selection of our growing collection of short documentaries featuring former Vanport residents,  part of Vanport Mosaic on-going oral history project, now in its fourth year will be shared. Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, this collection of community-produced short films creates a rich and elaborate "mosaic" of the vibrant community that made up the city of Vanport.

James S. Harrison, professor emeritus of History at Portland Community College currently working on a book about the wartime housing project of Vanport, will give a short presentation, and Story Midwife Laura Lo Forti, Vanport Mosaic Co-Founder and Co-Director, will talk about the oral history project as well as the Vanport Mosaic Festival 2018 (May 25-28).

The Vanport Mosaic oral history project is a community-based initiative directed by Story Midwife Laura Lo Forti. Made possible by the generous support of Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Kinsman Foundation, Oregon Historical Society, Portland State University.

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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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