[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2018-03-30

INFO Heritage * OPRD Heritage.Info at oregon.gov
Fri Mar 30 14:18:31 PDT 2018

In this issue:
1. Downtown Oregon City Association receives national award
2. Five Oregon Heritage Conference sessions open to the public
3. Salem Cemetery Chinese Shrine project featured in Oregon Heritage Exchange Blog
4. Upcoming online education opportunities with AASLH
5. Two state heritage commissions to meet in Bend April 11


Downtown Oregon City Association (DOCA), an Oregon Main Street Network participant, is one of the three winners of the 2018 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) presented by National Main Street Center Inc., the country's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to commercial district revitalization. Selected by a national jury of community development professionals and leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation, the award winners serve as exceptional models for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. The association was recognized for its role in harnessing the community's entrepreneurial spirit to stimulate the local economy and drive investment in their downtown. The awards were made possible through support from U.S. Bank and were announced and presented at the 2018 Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City on March 26, 2018.

To learn more about DOCA and see a great video that was played during the announcement of the award, visit https://www.mainstreet.org/mainstreetamerica/mainstreetawards/gamsa/gamsa2018/oregoncity.

To learn more about the Oregon Main Street Network visit here<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/SHPO/Pages/mainstreet.aspx>.


Five sessions of the Oregon Heritage Conference will be free and open to the public on April 13 at the Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend OR. The Oregon Heritage Conference brings together people from across Oregon who work with and support Oregon's heritage for three days of meetings, workshops, and sessions. The public is invited to participate in the following free sessions without registering for the conference.

>From 9:35-10:50 a.m. the Oregon Heritage Fellows and the Women's History Consortium's Junior Fellow will present their research findings at the "Oregon Students Researching Oregon" session. Emerging scholars will present on an investigation into women convicted of homicide in Oregon, archaeological work using LiDAR (light detection and ranging) in the Willamette Valley, and the historic preservation of structures located in federally designated wilderness areas in Oregon.

>From 10:50 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Jennifer Joyce, McMenamins artist, and Kerry Conroy, McMenamins historian, will present a plenary session titled, "Historic Surrealism: the Intersection between McMenamins Art & History." This fun and casual program will address why McMenamins has historians and artists, how the two departments work together, ways in which their process has evolved over the years, and how this return-on-investment is measured. Presentation includes a slideshow and discussion of the artist's work at Old St. Francis School.

>From 12:30- 1:45 p.m. archaeologists Sarah Silbernagel, Scott Thomas, BLM, and David Ellis, Willamette CRA will present "Recent Discoveries in Oregon Archaeology: A Reason to Preserve Sites." Studying the remnants of past human activity intact within original surroundings is the best way for archaeologists to piece together the scientific, ethnographic, historical, and geographical data they need to learn about the past, but sites are sometimes eroded by natural and human causes. In this session, learn about recent discoveries made possible by State and federal archaeological laws that outline a process to preserve and gather information from archaeological sites.

>From 2:15- 3:30 p.m. archaeologists Pat O'Grady, University of Oregon, Chelsea Rose, Southern Oregon University, Jamie French, State Historic Preservation Office, and John Pouley, State Historic Preservation Office, will present "Interacting with Archaeology." Many people don't know about the volume and impact of archaeological work that goes on every day in Oregon, but some communities are using public archaeology to promote community involvement. Presenters will share public engagement projects including investigations at a Chinese Shrine in Salem, the 1884 Jacksonville fire, and the Applegate homestead.

>From 2:15- 3:30 p.m. in McMenamins Father Luke's Room, State Historic Preservation Office staff will engage participants in a session titled, "Significant Places: Setting National Register Priorities in Oregon." This interactive session will be participant-driven and include small and large group discussions to generate ideas on new partners and approaches for promoting a more inclusive and thematically representative National Register of Historic Places list.

The Oregon Heritage Conference April 11-13 brings together staff and volunteers from historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums, tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and tribal governments.
To find more information and register for the conference, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx>.


In November 2017, a Chinese Shrine<https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/chinese-shrine-project.aspx> was uncovered within Salem's Pioneer Cemetery<http://www.salempioneercemetery.org/photographs.php>. A project team quickly formed to work on excavation, wanting to learn more about the shrine and its connection to Salem's active Chinatown that existed from the 1800s through the mid 1920s. The team includes representatives from Willamette University, the Chinese Benevolent Association, the Friends of the Salem Pioneer Cemetery, the State Historic Preservation Office, and others.

On April 5, Salem residents and visitors are invited to the Salem Pioneer Cemetery for a Chinese Blessing honor of the Chinese Qingming Festival.

Learn more about the project and the upcoming event by visiting https://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/2018/03/29/chinese-shrine-at-salem-pioneer-cemetery/.


Date: April 4th, 2018
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm EASTERN (Remember to calculate for your time zone!)
Cost: $40 members/$65 non-members/StEPs program participants receive a $15 discount (discount code must be used; available within the StEPs Community website)

Do you know if NAGPRA applies to any of your institution's collections?

Almost 30 years after the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), there is still misunderstanding and confusion among some in the museum community regarding its requirements and procedures. In this session, we will discuss the basics of NAGPRA, explore the benefits of tribal consultation, and share resources for museums. You will feel more confident engaging with NAGPRA implementation and consulting with tribal partners, even if you don't have NAGRA cultural items in your collection.

For more information or to register visit http://learn.aaslh.org/event/implementing-nagpra-the-native-american-graves-protection-and-repatriation-act/.

Date: April 9th - May 4th, 2018
Format: 4-week online course of self-paced weekly modules; Weekly online chats; 5-7 hours per week
Cost: $350 AASLH Members / $425 nonmembers
Registration limited to 25 people

Do you often juggle several projects, trying to keep each one focused and on track? Project management provides valuable training that will help you organize, manage, and successfully complete projects. This online course shows you how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history context.
Coursework will cover all of the details included in the four steps to successful project management:

  1.  Define (creating a project charter, setting initial objectives, identifying risks and constraints, and more)
  2.  Plan (developing a schedule, budget, etc.)
  3.  Manage (providing feedback, negotiating for resources and resolving differences)
  4.  Review (turning over deliverables, documentation and more)

For more information or to register visit http://learn.aaslh.org/event/online-course-project-management/.


The Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 9 a.m. in separate locations. The Heritage Commission will be at the Liberty Theater at 849 NW Wall St. The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at Visit Bend at 750 NW Lava Rd #160. Their meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. Meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations and translation may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting by calling 503-986-0690.

The Oregon Heritage Commission agenda includes selection of officers, establishment of committees, and other heritage topics. 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, contact coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or beth.dehn at oregon.gov<mailto:beth.dehn at oregon.gov>.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries agenda includes a legislative update, statewide cemetery clean-up days, and other topics related to historic cemeteries. State law established the seven-member Commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail at kuri.gill at oregon.gov<mailto:kuri.gill at oregon.gov>.

For more information about the meetings and both commissions, visit www.oregonheritage.org<http://www.oregonheritage.org>.

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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