In this Issue:

1. Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarships Available

2. Women’s History Project Discussion Topic on Heritage Exchange

3. Architect, Women’s “Ultimate Power Tool” Subjects of Talks.

4. "Post to Park" Ceremony Set at Vancouver Barracks





Would you like to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training in the next year? The Elisabeth Walton Potter Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship provides financial assistance for Oregon residents to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training in the US between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. Eligible travel expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging and meals.


Oregon Heritage offers the scholarships to those actively involved in local preservation efforts and who demonstrate how attendance at a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training will help meet the preservation needs of their local community.


Scholarships are competitive and offered twice per year. The first round deadline is June 15.


Visit to learn more.





Do you have a place in mind you’d like to include in the Oregon Women’s History Project? Oregon Heritage put together a quick list of buildings and created a process for nominating other buildings for inclusion. To learn more, read the latest entry at Oregon Heritage Exchange: . To review the list of buildings and supplemental background information on each (usually a completed site form or National Register of Historic Places nomination), visit the Oregon Historic Sites Database at .





Bob Clay will talk about notable Oregon architect W.C. Knighton and some of the iconic structures he designed in Salem, including Deepwood Estate and others across the state, from 6 – 8 p.m., May 22 at the Historic Deepwood Estate, 1116 Mission Street, NE, Salem.


Marge Harding will present two sessions of “A Woman’s Ultimate Power Tool”, a talk about the time and culture surrounding the development of the sewing machine at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., June 2 also at the Historic Deepwood Estate. The talk includes a tour of the Deepwood Estate, a Queen Anne Victorian home and the opportunity to view a new exhibit that showcases antique and vintage sewing machines. 


For more information on either event, visit . To make reservations, call (503) 363-1825.





The East and South Vancouver Barracks will close as a US Army Reserve post and become a national park on Memorial Day, May 28. A “Post to Park” ceremony marking the official post closure will take place at 1 p.m., at the Artillery Barracks building, 600 East Hatheway Road in West Vancouver Barracks, followed at 2 p.m. by National Park Service tours and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s annual Soldiers Bivouac living history encampment on the park’s historic Parade Ground. This Post to Park event will follow and build upon the community Memorial Day observance, scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Clark County Veterans' Memorial on Fort Vancouver Way and McClellan Road in East Vancouver Barracks.


At 3:00 p.m. and again at 5:00 p.m., volunteers portraying the Civil War-era soldiers from the First Oregon Volunteers will conduct Drill and Ceremony on the historic Parade Ground, complete with marching and weapons drill.  At 3:30 p.m., National Park Service volunteer and retired soldier Fred Bridges will share his accounts of World War II. At 4:00 p.m. National Park Service staff and volunteers will demonstrate historic weapons, including the firing of the mountain howitzer and various small arms. The Soldiers’ Bivouac will include numerous camps with costumed interpreters who will help visitors learn more about the post’s link to the Civil War, Indian War, Spanish American War, and Philippine War eras. Other camps will interpret the post’s World War I and World War II history, including home front perspectives from the Kaiser Shipyard’s “Wanda the Welders” and Army aviation at Pearson Field. A display of vintage military vehicles will also be open to the public.


For 187 years, Vancouver Barracks was formative and instrumental in the development of the Northwest, providing a place for Soldiers to train in order to defend our nation. The post closure ceremony, led by the U.S. Army Reserve with the support of the National Park Service, will include traditional military elements, including the rendition of honors, honors to the nation, and remarks from several dignitaries. In addition, staff and volunteers from the national park will provide a traditional 21-gun salute in costumes reflecting important eras in the barracks’ military history. The ceremony’s highlight will be the retiring of the Army Colors and passing of the United States Flag from Brigadier General Alton Berry to National Park Service Pacific West Region Director Chris Lehnertz, symbolizing the final action of military personnel on Vancouver Barracks.


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