In This Issue:

1. Bookmark Emergency Information Site Now

2. Heritage Bulletin Offers Paper Preservation Advice

3. Consider Your Commissions for a Preservation Award

4. Adaptive Reuse of Historic Schools Program Set

5. Basques in the High Desert Subject of Talk





Oregon Heritage News recently posted several messages focusing on emergency preparedness and recovery information. You will now find these resources on a single website. Be prepared! Visit and bookmark the page or save it as one of your favorites.





Paper documents communicate to us through time and are very desirable for collecting. Preserving them is a challenge, even for professionals. Discover what you can do to protect information documented on paper in Heritage Bulletin Number 15: “Simple Steps for Paper Preservation”. Visit to learn more.





Each year the National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards to individuals, organizations, agencies and projects whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation. This year’s nomination deadline is March 15.


Award categories include The National Preservation Honor Awards; The American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Preservation; The Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence; The National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation; The National Trust/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation; The Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement; and The Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award.


Visit to access the 2012 nomination information, submit an online application and view video highlights of last year’s award winners. For questions about the awards or the nomination process, call (202) 588.6315 or e-mail .





The Historic Preservation League of Oregon (HPLO) will present a program to share examples of how other towns across the region have found creative ways to rehabilitate and reuse their historic school buildings at 7 p.m., Feb. 9,. at Buckman Elementary School, 320 SE 16th Ave, Portland.  In addition to a short presentation, a panel of experts and local stakeholders will be on hand to answer questions and talk specifically to the future - and the past - of Portland’s historic school buildings.


Baker City Middle School is on the list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places for 2011; Portland’s Washington-Monroe High School continues to sit vacant waiting for redevelopment; and Corbett’s mothballed Springdale School is inching closer to a new life. Across Oregon, historic schools are in need of rehabilitation and reuse to ensure that the iconic buildings aren’t lost to neglect, demographic shifts, or unnecessary demolition.


“Our goal is to spotlight the value of historic school buildings as cultural and economic assets, share case studies from other communities who have successfully repurposed their historic schools, and start a constructive dialog about the possibilities for rehabilitation and reuse,” said HPLO Executive Director Peggy Moretti.


Although the presentation portion of the program will largely focus on repurposing historic school buildings for new uses, the panel discussion will open the conversation of how Portland Public Schools and other local districts can best use, maintain, and rehabilitate their historic properties. Confirmed panelists include Jen Sohm, project manager for Portland Public Schools; Cathy Galbraith, Executive Director of the Architectural Heritage Center; and Melissa Darby, an early advocate for the reuse of Kennedy School.


Visit  or call (503) 243-1923 for additional information.





Bob Boyd will present “Amerikanuak! Basques in the High Desert” at 6 p.m., Jan. 31, at McMenamin's Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend.


Beginning in the late 19th century the Basques, an ancient people from the fishing villages on the Bay of Biscay and the farms and villages in the rich green country of the Pyrenees Mountains, came to the High Desert. Most came as sheepherders. Some persevered and became prosperous sheepmen. Others opened boarding houses and small businesses and became buckaroos or ranchers. Over the course of a century, Basque-Americans became an integral part of the region’s diverse and distinctive culture, its economy and political leadership.


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