CAPITOL HISTORY CENTER SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS
The Oregon State Capitol Foundation is considering how it can improve its history presentation and experience at the Capitol. To assist in the planning of an Oregon Capitol History Center, an online survey is collecting input from stakeholders across the state. Members of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation board will review survey results, which will contribute to project planning.
The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The deadline for completing it is March 30. To participate, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/orheritage .
STATE ARCHIVES FEATURES BASIC DIGITAL PRESERVATION WORKSHOPS
In today's world, a wide variety of individuals create digital records for multiple purposes. Our family photos are now digital images; our traditional paper records are contained in email and word-processing documents. The first in a series of two hour workshops on basic digital preservation is scheduled from 10 a.m. – noon, March 28 at the State Archives, 800 Summer Street NE, in Salem.
The first workshop, titled “Identify”, covers basic steps and techniques for identifying digital content and instruction on creating a digital content inventory. Knowing the digital content you have is the first step in developing a plan to ensure your content is available both now and into the future.
Subsequent workshops will cover additional steps in the digital content preservation process. Austin Schulz, of the State Archives staff, will lead all workshops. To pre-register for the workshops, email the Archives at email@example.com and place “Digital Preservation Workshop” in the subject line. Contact Austin Schulz at (503) 378-5161 with questions.
ASTORIA BICENTENNIAL RECEIVES 2011 HERITAGE TOURISM AWARD
The Astoria Bicentennial Committee and Celebration recently received the Oregon Heritage Tourism Award for its outstanding use of Oregon’s cultural history to draw visitors to the state.
This highly-organized celebration showcased the culture and history of this oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. The result was record-high media coverage and an increase in visitors to the area, positively impacting the local economy. Visitors and special guests included the Chinook Indian Nation, singer Reba McIntire and descendants of founder Lord Astor. Partners involved in the planning, marketing and event production of this exceptionally successful year-long celebration included Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, Lower Columbia Tourism Committee, Clatsop County Historical Society, Astoria Bicentennial Celebration Committee and the City of Astoria.
Visit www.TravelOregon.com for additional details.
COLLECTIONS CARE TO GET ATTENTION AT CONFERENCE
Collections care will get special attention during a workshop and a seminar taking place at the Oregon Heritage Conference/Northwest Archivists Annual Meeting April 26 – 28 in Salem.
A half-day workshop, led by Vicki Wiese of the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum, will show how a clear collections policy can enable an organization to make the best acquisition and collections care choices, encourage ethical and professional handling of collections. This workshop will address all of the sections of a collections policy, with an emphasis on the deaccession process. You'll leave with a draft policy and good tips for your deaccession project.
Another session will provide answers to questions such as: Is there something odd in your collection: an object or document without a record, identification or even a location? How do you determine what to do? Collections managers, registrars and archivists will present case studies on the conundrums they have faced and field questions from the audience. The presenters will look at the problems of old loans, undocumented objects found in collections, items lost in inventory, and more.
Scheduled presenters include Kathleen Daly, Oregon Military Museum; Mary McRobinson, Willamette University; Kylie Pine, Willamette Heritage Center and Oregon State Hospital Museum; and Jeff Smith, Columbia River Maritime Museum.
Visit http://northwestarchivistsinc.wildapricot.org/annualmeeting for more information about the conference and to register.