[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2019-05-24

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Oregon Heritage News 2019-05-24

In this issue:

- Did you know collecting visitor data can be extremely useful to your heritage organization?
- UO museum honors Four Rivers Cultural Center with stewardship award
- SAHDMR to offer student travel awards
- Digital Directions Early-bird Discount Ends May 31
- Community objects to the proposed Q’alya ta Kukwis shichdii me Traditional Cultural Property Historic District

- Eastmoreland Historic District Nomination resubmitted to National Park Service, recommends listing
- LYRASIS offers online “Digitization for Smaller Institutions” training June 12-13

Did you know collecting visitor data can be extremely useful to your heritage organization?

Collecting visitation information is a good practice for heritage organizations. It’s useful for grants, budgeting, and annual reports. But is your organization using data like visitor numbers, zip codes, and time of day to connect with your local tourism infrastructure?

This workshop will help heritage organizations consider what visitation data to track, why, and how to leverage that data to show economic impact in the community.  The presenter will provide examples of how to interpret data in a way that gets tourism groups interested. The workshop will also cover ideas of how visitation data can be used for general advocacy.

Three opportunities to participate in this workshop in June:

June 4, 8:30am-12:30pm, Cook Memorial Library, 2006 Fourth Street, La Grande
June 19, 8:30am-12pm, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem
June 26, 10am-10:45, online webinar, connection information sent to registrants

To register visit www.oregonheritage.org<http://www.oregonheritage.org> (look in the right hand column for the workshop information). If you have questions, contact Beth.Dehn at oregon.gov<mailto:Beth.Dehn at oregon.gov> or call 503-986-0696.


UO museum honors Four Rivers Cultural Center with stewardship award

This spring, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History<https://mnch.uoregon.edu/> recognized eastern Oregon’s Four Rivers Cultural Center<https://4rcc.com/> with its annual Oregon Stewardship Award. The $1000 award honors the center’s Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival, a daylong public celebration of traditional arts and artists in eastern Oregon.

Launched in 2018 by the museum’s advisory council, the award annually recognizes an individual or organization for involving the community in an environmental or cultural heritage project—one that aligns with the museum's mission to inspire stewardship of our collective past, present and future.

With support from the National Endowment for the Arts<https://www.arts.gov/>, Oregon Folklife Network<https://ofn.uoregon.edu/>, and Starseed Foundation<http://www.starseedfoundation.org/>, the Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival was held last June in Ontario, Oregon, and featured a wide variety of art forms reflecting regional culture. From Japanese Taiko drumming and traditional Mexican dance to Basque cooking and Umatilla shell dress making, the dozens of performances and workshops offered participants a unique view into the Native American, settler and migrant heritages that have shaped eastern Oregon’s history.

Organizers said that in celebrating the region’s past, the festival encouraged attention to the future.

“Many of these traditions are carried today by only one generation,” said Four Rivers Cultural Center director Matthew Stringer. “By renewing interest and enticing us to connect to our heritage in deeper ways, the celebration helps ensure the continuation of these important aspects of cultural life.”

Project funds from the National Endowment for the Arts also supported the center’s hire of resident folklorist Joshua Chrysler, who directed and curated the festival.

Stringer said that Chrysler’s position enables a much-needed expansion of the state’s folklife infrastructure and builds on the work of the University of Oregon-based Oregon Folklife Network. “Maintaining a staff folklorist here at Four Rivers Cultural Center, more than 300 miles from the university, has significantly enhanced our ability to respond to the needs of local, traditional artists in these underserved rural communities.”

“The Tradition Keepers Festival is an example of cultural stewardship in action,” said Ann Craig, public programs director at the museum. “We are proud to recognize the Four Rivers Cultural Center for this inspiring contribution to our state’s continued cultural vitality.”

This year, the competitive award program drew a dozen nominations for projects around the state. Among the finalists are UO Libraries’ Oregon Digital Newspaper Project; Willamette Falls preservation champion Sandy Carter; Washington County Historical Society’s AgriCulture exhibit; and author Jim Aalberg, nominated for the book Company Towns of Clatsop County.

“Ranging from oral history exhibits to environmental advocacy efforts, the nominated projects demonstrate how deeply Oregonians care about our collective ecosystems and cultures. We want to celebrate that,” Craig said. “We also hope to inspire others to become stewardship heroes.”

In addition to the cash prize, Four Rivers Cultural Center will be recognized on the Oregon Heroes display panel in the museum’s Explore Oregon<https://mnch.uoregon.edu/exhibits/explore-oregon> exhibition hall. ​

SAHDMR to offer student travel awards

The Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAHMDR) invites applications from students to help with the costs of travel to the 2019 conference, being held in Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint and Wallace, Idaho from June 21st to 23rd. Four awards will be made for reimbursable expenses up to $400.00. Awards are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis to applicants who meet the criteria and submit a complete application. The application form can be found on our conference webpage at: Click here<http://www.sahmdr.org/>. The submittal deadline is May 31st; awards will be announced by June 7th.
Note also that registration for the conference is now open. The conference program and conference registration information may be found at: Click here<http://www.sahmdr.org/>.

Digital Directions Early-bird Discount Ends May 31
*This is a conference that Oregon residents have received an Oregon Heritage Preservation Training Scholarship<https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/Scholarships.aspx#EWPOH_Preservation_Scholarship> to attend. Deadline is June 7.

DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections  -  AUG 19-20, 2019, Overland Park, Kansas -- Kansas City Metro Area  - Early-bird Discount Ends Friday, May 31

ABOUT DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: This unique training conference offers two days of focused instruction on good practices and practical strategies for the creation, curation, and use of digital collections.  Connect with colleagues from institutions large and small who share similar challenges, and interact one-on-one with the faculty of experienced practitioners, while you gain a comprehensive introduction to digitization and digital preservation.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?  The Digital Directions conference is geared toward professionals working with digital collections at archives, libraries, museums, historical organizations, government agencies, tribal organizations, corporate archives, and other organizations that create and care for digital collections. Whether you are just getting started in digital preservation or working to create a cohesive digital preservation program,  the conference topics and discussion on the latest standards and practices will give you the foundation needed to be a successful steward of digital collections.

CONFERENCE AGENDA now posted:  www.nedcc.org/agenda<http://www.nedcc.org/agenda>

COMPLETE DETAILS and Registration Information:  www.nedcc.org/dd19<http://www.nedcc.org/dd19>

QUESTIONS?  Contact: info at nedcc.org<mailto:info at nedcc.org>

Community objects to the proposed Q’alya ta Kukwis shichdii me Traditional Cultural Property Historic District

The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has determined that the opponents of the proposed Q’alya ta Kukwis shichdii me (Jordan Cove and the Bay of the Coos People) Traditional Cultural Property Historic District (District) in Coos County submitted enough objections to prevent listing the District in the National Register of Historic Places. According to federal rules for the program, if a majority of the private property owners within a proposed district object to the listing, the district cannot be listed in the National Register. There are 1,001 owners in the boundaries of the proposed district, and 696, or 70%, submitted valid objections.

The SHPO sent the nomination document to the NPS on May 23, 2019 for a “determination of eligibility.” In this process, the NPS determines if the District is eligible for listing in the Register, but does not actually list it. The SHPO expects the NPS to respond before early-July 2019, following a consideration period of up to 45 days.

The nomination document and all materials submitted to the National Park Service (NPS) are online at http://bit.ly/coostcp.

Additional comments may be sent to the National Park Service at:
National Park Service
National Register of Historic Places
1849 C Street, NW (7228)
Washington, DC 20240
By email to Alexis_Abernathy at nps.gov<mailto:Alexis_Abernathy at nps.gov>.


Eastmoreland Historic District Nomination resubmitted to National Park Service, recommends listing

The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has resubmitted a nomination to list Portland’s Eastmoreland neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places and recommends it be listed. Following a third review of the nomination, SHPO staff determined fewer than 50% of owners have filed an objection to the nomination. Had objectors been in the majority, the nomination would have stopped. The SHPO resubmitted the document to the National Park Service (NPS) on May 23, 2019.

The nomination document and all materials submitted to the National Park Service are online at http://bit.ly/eastmorelandhistoric.

Applying federal and state laws and rules, the SHPO determined that the total number of property owners is 1,988, with 956, or 48%, objecting to listing the District. An April 3 decision by the Oregon State Court of Appeals held that SHPO could not follow federal guidance to count trusts as owners without first adopting state administrative rules. Since the state has not adopted those rules, trusts were not included as either owners or objectors in the totals.

The State Advisory Commission on Historic Preservation, a governor-appointed volunteer commission of people with interest and skill in Oregon history, first reviewed and recommended approval of the nomination in February 2017. SHPO staff concurred, but were unable to accurately establish the number of owners, and submitted it to the NPS in May 2017 noting this problem. The NPS returned the nomination for further work in June 2017. After a court-ordered delay, the SHPO and Oregon Department of Justice staff worked on ownership questions.

During the SHPO’s second review, four residents in the Eastmoreland neighborhood transferred ownership of their four properties and created 5,000 new trusts, then registered objections for them as allowed under federal guidance for the program. The SHPO resubmitted the nomination in May 2018, noting that with objections from the new trusts, more than 50% of the owners objected to the nomination. The NPS returned the nomination again in June 2018, and directed the Oregon SHPO “to ascertain whether these trusts are valid and whether they have a fee simple ownership in the properties at issue.”

Applying the Court of Appeals’ April decision, SHPO did not count trusts as either owners or objectors under the current review. As an exercise applying federal guidance, SHPO staff also provided a mock count to the NPS that includes trusts, counting the 5,000 new trusts as one single objection for each of the four properties. Even with the trusts hypothetically included as owners, objectors would still have fallen below the required 50% threshold to stop the process.

The NPS will make the final decision about listing the district, and may review and sign the document immediately upon receipt, or may choose to allow additional time for further consideration, at its own discretion. Additional comments may be sent to the National Park Service at:

National Park Service
National Register of Historic Places
Eastmoreland Historic District, Multnomah Co., OR
1849 C Street, NW (7228)
Washington, DC 20240
By email to Alexis_Abernathy at nps.gov<mailto:Alexis_Abernathy at nps.gov>.

The Oregon SHPO requests that all correspondence be copied to the office at
Eastmoreland Historic District
State Historic Preservation Office
725 Summer Street NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301
By email to ORSHPO.NationalRegisterProgram at oregon.gov<mailto:ORSHPO.NationalRegisterProgram at oregon.gov>

LYRASIS offers online “Digitization for Smaller Institutions” training June 12-13

Digitization for Smaller Institutions
Wednesday & Thursday, June 12 & 13, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Participants will learn about starting a digitization program. The first session covers the basics of project planning, equipment selection, digitization preparation, care and during digitization. The second session covers technical information relevant to getting started with digitization, such as metadata, file format selection, compression, and more. The class also covers quality control, access, and touches upon basic concepts of digital preservation as relevant to small institutions planning digital projects.

Learning Outcomes

  *   Define criteria for project planning
  *   Recommend digitization workflow and planning solutions for starting a digital program
  *   Recognize and follow best practices and standards for digitization
  *   Establish priorities for digitization

Instructor: Annie Peterson
Annie Peterson is Preservation Services Librarian at LYRASIS. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has a range of experience in preservation and conservation that provides a strong base for helping the archives, historical societies, libraries and museums that we reach through the Preservation Field Services project. She is active in the American Library Association and is the Chair of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services Preservation and Reformatting Section. In 2016 Annie was awarded the Esther J. Piercy Award from ALCTS, an award that is given to recognize the contribution to areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical service by a librarian who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.

For more information or to register visit https://www.lyrasis.org/Content/Pages/Event-Details.aspx?Eid=7D5D0CB8-5F51-E911-80F5-00155D73CF39

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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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