[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2018-01-11

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Thu Jan 11 16:10:00 PST 2018

In this issue:
1. Oregon Heritage Commission to meet January 21-22 in Portland
2. Opportunity/request to assist Oregon Heritage with topics for an interactive conference panel!
3. Applications open for Oregon Main Street downtown revitalization assistance
4. OJMCHE's oral history project featured on Oregon Heritage Exchange
5. Call for nominations for the ninth Oregon Poet Laureate
6. Wood Window Workshop in Independence Feb. 10


On January 21, Commissioners will gather at 12:30 p.m. to tour heritage efforts at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, and Oregon Historical Society.

On January 22, a public business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at Nordia House, Nordic Northwest's Cultural Center located at 8800 SW Olsen Rd. Portland OR 97223. The agenda includes proposals for designating Oregon Heritage Traditions, discussion regarding legislative language change for statewide celebrations, a statewide digitization survey, the 2018 Oregon Heritage Conference in Bend, and technical outreach services.

The Heritage Commission is 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.

For more information and accessibility needs, visit www.oregonheritage.org<http://www.oregonheritage.org> or contact Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or Beth.Dehn at oregon.gov<mailto:Beth.Dehn at oregon.gov>.


The Oregon Heritage Conference in Bend, April 11-13<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx>, is just around the corner, and we'd like your input for one of the sessions! We are assembling a panel of heritage leaders and nonprofit experts to help troubleshoot organizational management issues faced by heritage organizations. We know that all of you face issues every day and we want to have an opportunity at the conference to address those real issues and have experts give some advice on how to handle them.

Please help us determine the topics experts will respond to by sharing an issue you are currently grappling with:

*         Leadership training for boards and EDs?

*         Avoiding nonprofit burnout?

*         Prioritizing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as an institution?

*         Not enough resources?

*         Board staff relationships?

Whatever the issue, please follow this link to share<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TN95SVP> it with us. Submission can be made anonymously. We will select several proposed issues to present to the panel of experts for feedback. This will be an interactive session at the Conference you won't want to miss!

If you have questions, contact Beth Dehn at Beth.Dehn at oregon.gov<mailto:Beth.Dehn at oregon.gov> or (503) 986-0696.


Oregon Main Street (OMS) is accepting applications from organizations interested in receiving downtown revitalization assistance at its Performing Main Street(R) and Transforming Downtown designation levels. Organizations at these levels receive access to the highest level of services and support available through the OMS Network. The network also includes Exploring Downtown and Affiliate levels of participation.

Successful applicants receive assistance to help revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their traditional business district. Services vary from community to community, but generally include work plan and committee development along with specialized training and networking opportunities.

Visit www.oregonheritage.org<http://www.oregonheritage.org> and click on the main street page for more information on the Tier System, including eligibility and designation criteria for all four levels of assistance. Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown applications are available by email at sheri.stuart at oregon.gov<mailto:sheri.stuart at oregon.gov> or by calling 503.986.0679 or by visiting www.oregongeritage.org<http://www.oregongeritage.org>. Completed applications must be received by March 2, 2018.

Oregon Main Street is modeled on the National Main Street Center's Main Street Approach(R), which has been used in more than 2,000 cities nationwide. It emphasizes four critical areas of downtown revitalization: organization helps everyone work toward the same goals and maximizes involvement of public and private leaders within the community; promotion brings people back downtown by helping to attract visitors, shoppers, and investors; design enhances a district's appearance and pedestrian amenities while preserving its historic features; and economic vitality stimulates business development and helps strengthen the district's economic base.

Performing Main Street level communities include Albany, Astoria, Corvallis, La Grande, McMinnville, Oregon City, Roseburg, The Dalles, and the Alberta district in Portland. Current Transforming Downtown level communities include Bandon, Beaverton, Canby, Carlton, Coos Bay, Cottage Grove, Dayton, Estacada, Hillsboro, Klamath Falls, Lebanon, Milton-Freewater, Newberg, Pendleton, Port Orford, Sherwood, and Tillamook.

Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs in Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.


The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education's (OJMCHE) oral history project, Legacy and Memory - Community History in Portland's and Willamette Valley Cemeteries, is featured in the newest post on the Oregon Heritage Exchange blog<https://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/legacy-and-memory-community-history-in-portland-and-willamette-valley-cemeteries/>. Be sure to check out it to learn more about the project and the film that was created as an outcome of the project.


Think you know someone who would be an outstanding Poet Laureate of Oregon? We are accepting nominations for the ninth Oregon Poet Laureate, to begin their two-year term in April 2018. This nomination submission period closes January 13, 2018.

The role of Poet Laureate is to foster the art of poetry, encourage literacy and learning, address central issues relating to the humanities and heritage, and reflect on public life in Oregon. The Poet Laureate will participate in a minimum of ten public readings/events per year in urban and rural settings across the state that educate community, business, and state leaders about the value and importance of poetry and creative expression. One goal of the Poet Laureate will be to undertake a significant cultural project or projects during their term, such as bringing poetry to people or to a region of the state that might otherwise be underserved in this regard.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:
* Have lived in Oregon for at least ten years
* Be current residents of Oregon
* Be publicly recognized as poets and well regarded for excellence in their work
* Have a significant body of published and/or performed work
* Agree to the conditions and the term of the appointment

Review Criteria
Oregon's Poet Laureate must be committed to bringing poetry to a wide range of places and people, have a significant body of publically accessible work, agree to the period of the appointment, and be prepared to undertake a significant cultural project and the public role required of the laureate. Poets of all subgenres and styles, including prose, slam poetry, and cowboy poetry, will be considered.

To nominate a poet visit http://oregonpoetlaureate.org/nominations/


What does this opportunity cost? Free: In anticipation for National Historic Preservation Month, City of Independence and the Historic Independence Landmarks Advisory Committee are hosting the event.

When and where is this happening? Feb. 10, 9am-4pm, Lunch break from 12-12:45 (no lunch provided) Independence Event Center - 555 S Main St. Independence, OR

Registration: Please register with Michelle by emailing molafson at ci.independence.or.us

What will we cover? The emphasis of this workshop will de-mystify the wooden window, debunk some rumors, and discover the enormous benefits of your windows. We will have the opportunity to learn some simple maintenance methods, learn the window anatomy, lead paint safety, preferred tools and materials, and window items such as where to find missing hardware, storm sash, screens and see simple tools that can make wood window parts.

What to bring with you. your undivided attention and something to take notes with: paper, smart phone, etc. if you have any show and tell items feel free to bring it. We won't be fixing any of the items brought from attendees, we need to keep to a schedule.
Sale items: Some items will be for sale during the window workshop. Unfortunately we do not accept credit cards, cash or checks are accepted.

please  visit Vintage Window Restorations website to gain a better understanding of the instructor, Chris Gustafson, and his background at vintagewindowrestorationllc.com.

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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