[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2019-08-01

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Oregon Heritage News 2019-08-01

In this issue:

  *   Call for proposals: Share your stories of harnessing the power of heritage!
  *   Latest Oregon Heritage Exchange post focuses on public engagement through collections
  *   Upcoming events at the State Capitol
  *   Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail opening three more miles
  *   Confluence Project launches new digital library
  *   Benton County Cultural Coalition grant cycle is open
  *   Can't make the AASLH conference? Check out online conference opportunities
  *   Washington County Museum seeks Cultural Resources Manager

Call for proposals: Share your stories of harnessing the power of heritage!

The Oregon Heritage Conference will take place in Corvallis on April 22- 24, 2020.

Oregon Heritage invites ideas and proposals that explore this year's theme: Harness the Power of Heritage! Individuals and groups that preserve and interpret Oregon's past wield power and responsibility as they make decisions about what is preserved and how history is shared publicly. At the same time, it is essential heritage groups feel empowered as vital organizations within their communities. In 2020, we will come together to think deeply about heritage and power.

Conference proposals related to this theme might include:

  *   Public engagement
  *   Including more voices
  *   Promoting the value of Heritage and historic places
  *   Advocacy
  *   Creating programming
  *   Partnerships

Oregon Heritage invites creative proposals! Panels and lectures are welcome, as well as facilitated conversations, debates, or other creative suggestions.

Conference sessions must be structured in two ways:

  *   75 Minute Session
  *   Half-Day Pre-conference Workshop (3-4 hrs)

If you would like to submit a proposal, please provide: 1) the moderator's name, title, organization, and contact information; 2) a session title and type (workshop, lecture, or panel); 3) a description of the session proposal and how to relates to the theme in 75 words or less; and 4) information on any additional presenters.

The Oregon Heritage Conference brings together people who love and work with Oregon's heritage. Designed to be interdisciplinary, the conference focuses on all sectors of cultural heritage, such as historic preservation, museums, archives, libraries, historic cemeteries, and local and state government.

The deadline for proposal submissions is September 1, 2019. Please send your proposal to Beth.Dehn at oregon.gov<mailto:Beth.Dehn at oregon.gov>.  Applicants will be notified of decisions by September 30.

Latest Oregon Heritage Exchange post focuses on public engagement through collections

Learn about Clackamas County Historical Society's experience engaging the public through collections work at the Stevens-Crawford Heritage House. Read the full story on the Oregon Heritage Exchange<https://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/engaging-the-public-with-collections-work/>.

Upcoming events at the State Capitol

Guided tours of State Capitol Park
Thursdays from Aug. 1-Oct. 10
Tours start at the base of the Capitol Steps at 11am, noon, and 1pm
Did you know the grounds outside the Oregon Capitol are an Oregon State Park? Come and take an easy stroll with a park ranger to explore icons of Oregon's nature and history that grace the park. Do you know the Oregon state flower, tree and mammal? Take the tour and  find out.  Also, explore some of the oldest remains of an earlier Capitol and learn about Oregon's Native American tribes. Approximately 30 minutes.

Multicultural Day at the Capitol
Aug. 10, 10am-2pm
Multicultural Day at the Capitol will be celebrated on Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend, rain or shine. The four-hour event, which includes family-friendly activities like musical entertainment, games, crafts, exhibits and dancing, is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation and is part of the Capitol History Gateway Project.

This year's event will feature performances by Dance Inspired, Guelaguetza by Enlace, The Fusionists, USA Academy, the Bhangra Team from the Sikh Seva Foundation, and a Mexican Folklore Demonstration. All performances will take place in the Capitol Rotunda.
Tower tours will be given to the observation platform on the top of the Capitol at 11 a.m., noon. and 1 p.m. The tours are weather permitting and capacity controlled.

Booths and activities are hosted by a myriad of non-profit organizations throughout the greater community.
This celebration is one in a series of special events which invites Oregonians into "the people's building" on a Saturday, while offering a free and fun family experience. Parking around the Capitol is free on the weekends. More information can be found at www.oregoncapitol.com<http://www.oregoncapitol.com> or by calling Visitor Services at 503-986-1388.

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail opening three more miles

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and Travel Oregon are unveiling the newest three-mile segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail with a dedication ceremony on Saturday, August 3.
The new segment of the Historic Highway State Trail is located between Cascade Locks and Hood River, from Wyeth to Lindsey Creek. On the west end, the new trail connects to existing trail segments linking Starvation Creek and Viento State Park, creating six miles of car-free trail.

In the early 1950s, many miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway were damaged or destroyed to pave the way for Interstate 84. The passage of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Act in 1986 motivated the Oregon State Legislature to commit to restore the entire Historic Highway to its glory days of the 1920s.

This new portion of the State Trail is furthering efforts to restore all 73 miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway from Troutdale to The Dalles. Some segments will be accessible to cars and cyclists, while other segments, known as the Historic Highway State Trail and managed by OPRD, will be accessible only by people walking, rolling or biking.

To date, 68 of the original 73 miles have been reconnected. Now, only five more challenging miles remain between Viento State Park and Hood River to fully reconnect the Historic Highway. When completed, this route will draw visitors- including cyclists and trekkers-from around the globe who can experience the spectacular Columbia River Gorge the way it was meant to be seen-from beautiful vistas, next to cascading waterfalls and inside basalt tunnels-all while visiting welcoming towns along the way.

The ribbon cutting will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 3 at the new trailhead, located off Exit 51 on Interstate 84. All are invited to explore the trail on foot or by bike between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Planning to attend? Consider going car-free: join a group bike ride that will depart from the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks at 9 a.m. (the ride is rated C+ with moderate terrain, rolling short steep hills, sustained climbs and is about 6.5 miles one way to the Wyeth Trailhead); or, take the Columbia Gorge Express from the Gateway Transit Center, Cascade Locks or Hood River (the Columbia Gorge Express will be making a special stop at Wyeth for the celebration). Please note, buses can only carry a limited number of bicycles.

Partners who have collaborated on reconnecting the Historic Highway State Trail include ODOT, OPRD, including the State Historic Preservation Office, Hood River County, the U.S. Forest Service and Travel Oregon

Confluence Project launches new digital library

A new digital resource library will give Oregon and Washington students access to Indigenous stories and perspectives to support lessons on the history, cultures and ecology of the Columbia River system. The Confluence Library<http://www.confluenceproject.org/library/> is a collection of documentary shorts, interview excerpts, photo galleries and research papers that help educators teach a more inclusive understanding of our region.

The new library is structured along the themes of Confluence's mission: History, Living Cultures, Ecology and Education. Videos include a recent series of documentary shorts, Stories from the River<http://www.confluenceproject.org/stories-learning/>, by Tule Films in collaboration with Confluence and NW Documentary. Also featured are historical research papers and videos produced earlier for the Confluence Journey Book and the Confluence history blog, Tributaries. Photo galleries allow viewers to explore Celilo Falls and other historic places along the river.

Though the target audience for the new website is educators, it is designed as a rich digital experience for life-long learners, anyone who is curious to know more about our shared northwest landscape.

The website allows you to log in to create your own list of favorite videos, slideshows and research papers. For teachers, this feature allows them to easily incorporate specific content into their lesson plans. This new digital tool also includes maps and guides to the Confluence project artworks by Maya Lin along the Columbia River system, along with a community calendar to keep up with Confluence public events.

Find the new Confluence Resource Library at www.confluenceproject.org<http://www.confluenceproject.org>.

About Confluence:
Confluence is a community-supported nonprofit with the mission to connect people to the history, living cultures and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices. We work through six art landscapes, educational programs and public gatherings in collaboration with northwest tribes, communities and the celebrated artist Maya Lin.

Benton County Cultural Coalition grant cycle is open

The Benton County Cultural Coalition (BCCC) begins its current grant cycle to distribute funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT) on Aug. 1. Interested individuals/organizations may submit a Letter of Intent online at Benton County Cultural Coalition (GRANTS/Application Forms).

Letters of Intent will be accepted Aug. 1- Sept. 10, 2019.

Any registered 501(c)(3) organization, or any group partnering with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, may apply.

Funding priorities include:

  *   Art projects and programs that offer innovation, variety and scope for Benton County's diverse population.
  *   Cultural/Educational projects that enhance the understanding, growth and participation of Benton County citizens.
  *   Heritage programs that foster preservation and beautifications of Benton County's public spaces.

Visit www.bentonculture.org<http://www.bentonculture.org> for more information.

Can't make the AASLH conference? Check out online conference opportunities

The AASLH Online Conference consists of six hot-topic Annual Meeting sessions, re-formatted for an online audience. Each session is broadcast live from the Annual Meeting every year. See slides, ask questions, and interact online with presenters and the virtual audience in these live broadcasts. Then enjoy access to the recordings for six months. These sessions provide real ideas, tools, and solutions to help you do good history.

Registrations starts at $60. Low rates and a group log-in option make this online learning opportunity accessible for anyone who wants to improve their practice of history. Watch at home, at your desk, or gather staff members together for a team-building event.

For more information visit here<https://aaslh.org/2019annualmeeting/online-conference/>.

Washington County Museum seeks Cultural Resources Manager

The Cultural Resources Manager ensures that the museum's cultural resources are well cared for, organized, and accessible for the benefit of the community.

Washington County Museum is an independent non-profit museum located on the Portland Community College - Rock Creek Campus. We support the thriving cultural ecology of the region through exhibits, programs and events, and our archive and library. This position will be the fifth member of a highly collaborative team. Our workplace values staff as whole people and we nurture and respect different backgrounds and perspectives.

Position in Organization
Reports to: Co-Directors
Responsible for: Cultural resources interns & volunteers
Location: Primarily at museum with occasional off-site work

Key Duties

  *   Manage all aspects of cultural resources and care, following and implementing accepted museum professional standards and practices.
  *   Assist guest curators with exhibits while fostering cross-department collaboration and community engagement.
  *   Assist community members and scholars with research requests.
  *   Ensure accurate numbering, cataloging, photographing, and labeling specimens already in the collection, as well as those added to the collection.
  *   Recruit, develop, and supervise interns and volunteers; maintain an active student internship program.
  *   Develop and maintain cultural resources management plans and policies.
  *   Assist with raising funds through direct donations, grants, or earned income development to expand collection, update facilities, or support research efforts.
  *   Propose strategic acquisitions for presentation to Co-Directors and Collections Committee to diversify our current cultural resources.
  *   Actively participate in community engagement through committee work, guided tours, and public speaking.
  *   Steward significant stories within our communities both past and present.

All-Staff Responsibilities

  *   Advance the museum's mission, vision, and values in the delivery of your work and interpersonal conduct.
  *   Support membership and public support through excellent, informed customer service.
  *   Assist with additional tasks as needed to foster overall health of the organization.


  *   Minimum: Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent experience. Preferred:           Master's degree in a related field or equivalent experience.
  *   3+ years of progressively expanding museum expertise in collections management, exhibit development, and research.
  *   Experience working with collections management software; Past Perfect preferred.
  *   Must be resourceful, creative, and have the ability and desire to work collaboratively with museum staff and community members.
  *   Demonstrated professional communication skills, both written and oral.
  *   Physical ability to do basic bending, stooping, climbing and lifting up to 50 lbs.
  *   Experience working in a culturally responsive way with people of diverse cultural backgrounds, ages, and lived experiences.

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with employer-sponsored health benefits and vacation time with a starting annual salary of $42,000 depending on experience.

Position is located at Washington County Museum on the Portland Community College - Rock Creek Campus, 17677 NW Springville Rd, Portland OR 97229, and requires limited travel throughout the region.

No relocation assistance or visa sponsorship is available at this time.

Applications must include a minimum of (1) a letter of interest tailored to this position along with (2) a resume and/or CV to be considered. Email your application materials and any other supporting documentation showcasing your fit for this position to: info at washingtoncountymuseum.org<mailto:info at washingtoncountymuseum.org> no later than 5pm on September 16, 2019.

For more information visit http://www.washingtoncountymuseum.org/home/about/jobs/

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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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