In This Issue:

1. Native American Architecture Topic of Lecture

2. Online Historic Map Collection Growing

3. Historical Society Seeks Executive Director in Moro






Melissa Darby will present “Native American Architecture of the Lower Columbia, Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley: The Vernacular Style” following a general business meeting that begins at 7 p.m., Jan. 3, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 SE Water Street, Portland.


Ethnographic, archaeological and ethnohistorical accounts suggest that the architecture of the people of Western Oregon and the lower Columbia region was similar to other Northwest Coast groups, but there were some distinct differences in dwelling styles on the central and southern Oregon Coast. Several house styles from the region will be described and compared with descriptions of the people and their houses found in the logs and charts of Captain Francis Drake, who landed on the West Coast of America during the summer of 1579. These documents were suppressed, and the official account censored. Darby will explore whether these descriptions ‘fit’ the record.


Principal investigator for Lower Columbia Research and Archaeology, and president of the non-profit Drake Anchorage Research Collaboration, Darby is a noted authority on the ethnohistory of the lower Columbia River region. Visit or call (503) 727-3507 for more information.





The USGS Historical Topographic Map collection is now online.  With over 90,000 of the more than 200,000 maps in the collection now available for download, this map collection can be a boon to people who use historical maps as research tools. 


The agency will continue to add maps to the collection through the next year, until its entire map library is online and available for public use. To view the maps, visit .





The Sherman County Historical Society, located in Moro, is seeking an executive director.


Responsibilities include daily operations of the Society's museum, meeting annual goals, supporting the Society's Board in its stewardship role and supervising volunteers associated with various museum functions. The successful candidate will be energetic and a collaborative leader; will possess strong communication skills and have a record of achieving results, a passion for rural community development and experience in rural communities.


A related degree, and a minimum of five-years experience in educational or hands-on museum management, volunteer management, nonprofit management, fund development and grant writing preferred. Direct experience in museum collections care and management is a plus. For a complete job description, visit . Send resume and cover letter postmarked by Jan. 4, 2012  to Hiring Team, or Hiring Team, Sherman County Historical Society, P. O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039.

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