In This Issue:

1. 2011 Oregon Museum Grants Awarded

2. Heritage Excellence Deadline Approaches

3. ONE, Learning Institute Host Talk

4. Speaker Set at Fort Clatsop





Financial aid ranging from $3,600 for archival supplies in Sherman County to $8,000 for Southern Oregon Historical Society’s community engagement and exhibit project are among the latest grants released by the Oregon Heritage Commission to support Oregon’s museums.


The Oregon Museum grants will support 13 projects estimated to cost more than $100,000 in eight counties.


“The museum grants support the preservation and interpretation of significant historic collections all over the state, as well as develop heritage tourism,” said Kyle Jansson, the commission’s coordinator. “These grants enable museums of all sizes to take on projects they might otherwise be unable to accomplish.”


The Museum Grants program, established in 1965, is the state’s oldest cultural grant program. More than 100 museums have used the funds over the years.


For more information on the Oregon Museum Grants contact Kuri Gill at or call (503) 986-0685. To view a list of the Oregon Museum Grants visit .





There is one month left to nominate individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon’s heritage for an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award.  Intended to draw public attention to important heritage efforts in Oregon and to raise the quality of heritage-oriented activities, award winners will receive recognition at the 2012 Oregon Heritage Conference on April 27 in Salem.


Visit for a nomination application and recognize someone for exceptional and commendable work, the development of new ideas, and / or approaches and innovations in heritage-related activities.  The deadline for nominations is January 13. For more information, contact Cara Kaser at (503) 986-0670 or .





Oregon Nikkei Endowment (ONE) and the University of Oregon Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will host a lecture by Jane Comerford, featuring slides and information from her new book, "A History of Northwest Portland: From the River to the Hills" at 1 p.m., Dec. 14 in Room 152 at the University of Oregon White Stag building, 70 NW Couch, Portland.


Comerford’s book begins with the Donation Land Claims of the 1840s and chronicles the move of residential neighborhoods back from the river, leaving behind an area of boarding houses and hotels, filled with ethnic minorities, sailors and transients that would become Old Town. The book records the NW quadrant of Portland as it moves through its first century and a half, and features over 150 images, including some from the ONE collection. Images show Nihonmachi, or Japantown, and feature Rokuichi Ninomura and his family in front of their bathhouse, barbershop, and cleaners which is now home to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. The photos add historical context and vibrancy to the rich fabric of the Northwest neighborhoods.


For further information call (503) 224-1458 or visit .





Elita Tom will present “Getting to Know Sacagawea” at 1 p.m., Dec. 18 in the Netul River Room of the Fort Clatsop visitor center as part of the “In Their Footsteps” speaker series.


A high school junior and a member of the Yakima Indian Nation, Elita works with the Pacific Northwest Living Historians as they portray members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  She portrays Sacagawea each August at The Saltmakers Return in Seaside and at the January Wintering Over program at Fort Clatsop.  She is the winner of the National Park Service’s Pacific West Region 2010-2011 George and Helen Hartzog Youth Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for this and other work in the park.  She enjoys acting and behind-the-scenes work in both high school and community theater.


Dressed as Sacagawea might have been, Elita will present a Chautauqua-style monologue where the audience will get to “meet Sacagawea.” A discussion about her research and preparation will follow this “first-person” performance.


A premiere of three short films made by high school students from the park’s Film Camp, an annual workshop where teens make documentaries about Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, will follow Elita’s presentation at 2 p.m. For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471.

Save the dates for the 2012 Oregon Heritage Conference: April 26 -28!

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