In this Issue:

1. Commission Schedules Two Meetings

2. Oregon Chinese Disinterment Documents Featured Online

3. Bicycling Exhibit Set to Open at SOU

4. Memorial Day Weekend Activities Offered in Baker City

5. Pietro Belluschi Exhibit Opens at Oregon History Museum





The Oregon Heritage Commission has scheduled two upcoming meetings. Both meetings are open to the public.


The Heritage Commission will meet by teleconference at 2 p.m., May 21 and 2 p.m., June 20. The public listening room for both meetings will be at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department offices, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem. Agenda items include issues related to Oregon heritage sites, organizations and activities.


The Governor appoints nine people to the Heritage Commission who represent Oregon’s heritage and geographical diversity. There are also nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.


More information about the Heritage Commission is available at or by contacting Commission coordinator Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673.





In 1948, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in Portland began the disinterment process of Chinese immigrants buried in Oregon cemeteries for the purpose of returning the remains to China. The Oregon Chinese Disinterment Documents provide information about the 1948-1949 disinterment program. These documents are now available online through a collaborative project between Northwest News Network; Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in Portland; Portland State University Special Collections and University Archives; and Oregon Multicultural Archives.


To view the documents, visit





Have you ever wondered how Oregon became so bicycling friendly? The Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS), in partnership with the Southern Oregon University (SOU) Bike Program, will hold an opening reception for a new traveling exhibit on from 7 – 8:30 p.m., May 24 at the Stevenson Union building on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.


The exhibit, titled “Pedaling History: the Roll of Bicycles in Jackson County”, will run through June 17. It explores how the bicycle has impacted the Rogue Valley, from the introduction of the high wheel ordinary in the 1880s, through legislation introduced by Don Stathos for the Oregon Bicycle Bill, to how people use their bicycles today.


Working hand-in-hand with community members, SOHS and the SOU Bike Program together developed, researched, and designed this traveling exhibit, which is part of SOHS's innovative “History: Made by You” traveling exhibit program. For more information on the exhibit, or if you would like to request that a public forum/traveling exhibit come to your community, email Amy Drake at or call (541) 773-6536 ext. 1006. For more information about SOHS, call (541) 773-6536 or visit .





The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center will hold a “Meet the Pioneers” event over Memorial Day weekend between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day beginning May 25 through May 27. To get there, take I-84 exit 302 east of Baker City onto Highway 86 and proceed five miles.


Historical re-enactors will show authentic clothing, crafts, and demonstrations of “frontier life” activities including quilting and other textile skills, black powder shooting, and pen and ink writing. Roving interpreters will portray pioneers and be available to answer questions in character about life on the Oregon Trail. The “Pack Your Wagon” children’s exhibit will engage youngsters with costumes, life size games, rubber stamp activities, puppets, and a full-scale packable pioneer wagon.


Storyteller and living history re-enactor Karen Haas will perform “Wagons West” an interactive, family friendly presentation, at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Fri. and Sun.; “Tales and Tunes” at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sat., and “Narcissa Whitman”, which explores the pioneer missionary and her role in early day frontier Oregon Territory, at noon each day in the Leo Adler Theater. The Interpretive Center will offer living history presentations of “Equine or Bovine” at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Mon.


For more information call (541) 523-1843 or visit .





The Oregon Historical Society’s History Museum recently opened a new exhibit titled, “The Architecture and Legacy of Pietro Belluschi”. This exhibit shares an overview of Belluschi’s architectural contributions during his long and richly productive career. Designed and curated by his son, architect Anthony Belluschi; the exhibit also uses the Belluschi family archives to share personal mementos from Belluschi’s work.


Known as the most important architect to have lived and worked in Oregon, Italian Pietro Belluschi (1899-1994) was as a prominent contributor to a style known as Pacific Northwest Regionalism, and a master of modern design innovations. The exhibit design is comprised of eighteen panels that describe Belluschi’s life, models of Belluschi buildings in Oregon, and a room that visitors can walk through and experience Belluschi’s use of wood in his buildings, including a woven wood ceiling.


The museum is located at 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland. For further information, visit .


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