In this Issue:

1. OMA Sponsors Stipend for Conference Registration

2. Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program Seeks Applicants

3. “Researching Buildings Using Local Archives” Set In Portland

4. Hazard Survey Applications Sought





The Oregon Museums Associations is offering a stipend to cover the cost of registration for one OMA member at the Oregon Heritage Conference/NW Archivists Annual Meeting April 26-28.


For more stipend information about how to apply, visit and click on the link. Applications are due by April 12.


For information about the conference, registration and the conference hotel, visit .





The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program is accepting applications for the 2012 award year.  The application deadline is June 1.  The awards are open to families throughout Oregon who have continuously farmed portions of their family acreage for the past 100 or 150 years. To date, 1,177 families have formally received the Century designation and 23 families have received the Sesquicentennial Award.


Every Oregon farm and ranch has a unique history and special family story. The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch program encourages agriculture families to share their century-long stories, which not only pass cultural heritage to future generations, but also educates Oregonians about the social and economic impact of Oregon agriculture.  


Successful applicants receive a personalized certificate with acknowledgment by the Governor and the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture.  A durable metal road side sign to identify the family’s farm or ranch as having historic Century or Sesquicentennial status is also available.  A special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair will honor each family on September 1.


The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land.  To qualify for a century or sesquicentennial award, interested families must follow a formal application process.  


Visit the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch website for an application and program guidelines at , or by contacting Sharon Leighty at (503) 400-7884 or . 





Do you want to learn more about the history of your house or building? Are you curious about who lived in your house or what businesses operated in your building? Learn about the various resources available for uncovering building histories in the Davies Family Research Library at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS), as well as the Architectural Heritage Center, City of Portland Archives and Multnomah County Archives from 1 – 3 p.m. April 7 at the OHS Library, 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland.


Representatives of these Portland area archives will talk about accessing and utilizing the different resources for researching the history of a building, including photographs, city directories, databases and maps. To sign up, email or call (503) 306-5240.





The Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) is seeking applicants for a limited number of subsidized hazard surveys made possible through funding from the National Endowment for Humanities. Applications are due May 31, 2012.


A hazard survey is the first step in developing an emergency preparedness and response plan tailored to an institution's specific needs and circumstances. Participating institutions must complete a pre-visit questionnaire and self-evaluation exercises designed to identify specific risks. BACC field service staff then complete a one day, on-site hazard survey to examine the facilities and speak with museum staff.


The survey will analyze potential vulnerabilities, such as environment, security, fire and water detection and suppression or abatement, collection management policies and procedures, and pest control. A survey report will provide observations, recommendations, and resources to better manage and mitigate risk as well as to develop an emergency preparedness and response plan. Following the survey, field service staff use the information gathered to assist in revising an existing emergency plan or drafting a new plan for the organization.


For further information, visit . For an application, contact the BACC field service office by email at or (619) 236-9702.

Visit to learn more about the joint Oregon Heritage Conference / Northwest Archivists Annual Meeting April 26-28.

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