In this Issue

1. State Library Fall Lecture Series Begins Sept. 5

2. “Jungleers in Battle” Set to Premier in Salem, Sept. 18

3. Cemetery Tales to Take Place in Hood River, Sept. 21 - 23

4. Grant Workshops Offered in Southern and Central Oregon

5. National Trust Preservation Funds Grant Deadline, Oct. 1

6. Oregon Travel Experience Seeks CEO





The first lecture of the State Library’s fall lecture series, "Oregon's Holy Rollers Murder and Madness in Oregon's Love Cult," will take place from noon – 1 p.m., Sept. 5, in room 103 at the State Library in Salem. For further information, visit or contact Robert Pietz by emailing or calling (503) 378-2814.





A new documentary, "Jungleers in Battle, 41st Infantry Division during WWII" will premier at 7 p.m., Sept. 18 at the Elsinore Theater in Salem.


Considered the "best" National Guard infantry division in the United States, prior to WWII, the 41st Infantry Division included units from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Because of its reputation, President Roosevelt activated the 41st on Sept. 16, 1940 - over a year before the attack at Pearl Harbor. With the attack on Pearl Harbor came the 41st's mission to cover the Oregon and Washington coastline in case the Japanese decided to continue their attack to the mainland of the United States. The 41st went on to Australia, becoming the first American division to arrive there after the attack at Darwin; they fought through New Guinea, the Philippines and finally took occupation duty in the Hiroshima district of Japan.


Jungleers explores why the Japanese attacked the United States through veterans telling their stories, including their reactions to the dropping of atomic bombs and how they interacted with the Japanese during their occupation duty.


For advanced tickets, visit . To view a preview clip of the documentary, visit . For more information, visit or contact Alisha Hamel at .





The History Museum will present its fourth annual Cemetery Tales beginning at 5 p.m., Sept. 21 – 23 at Idlewilde Cemetery. Check-in and staging will take place at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, Hood River. There is a limit of 15 people per time slot.


Cemetery Tales engages and connects the community with members who have passed on through dramatic monologues that allows participants to experience Hood River-area history. The annual event takes about a year to develop, beginning with museum personnel visiting the cemetery for story options and conducting research on selected individuals using museums files.  Volunteer actors receive a packet of research materials and develop their story outline into a script for the event. Other volunteers design and create costumes for the event. 


This year’s cast includes Matthew Oldfield playing Captain Charles Schetky, a naval Civil War officer; Earleen S. Meyer, portrayed by Gabriella Whitehead, a strong community leader; Jeanne Marie Davis will portray Beatrice Finney, a teacher and principal credited for leading the community to a hugely successful war bond drive; Janet Hamada acting as Maki Hamada, who arrived late in life in Hood River and relays the story of Japanese Americans in Hood River County during WWII. Visitors viewing Jack Green as Roger Blashfield will learn about “The Iron Man” from WWII and Hood River County’s logging industry; Alberta Kirkwood, portrayed by Jean Harmon, who came to Hood River from Kentucky; and Georgianna Smith, played by Kate Dougherty, who arrived in Hood River in 1876 with six daughters, household goods, a piano and five crates of chickens. Dennis Kindig portrays Nicholas Trebin, a Russian who came to Hood River via China and became involved with the Diamond Fruit Growers; and Scott Johnson will act as Luhr Jensen Sr., the founder of Luhr Jensen, the fishing lure manufacturing plant.


This is event is not designed for children under 10. It will take place outdoors, rain or shine. Bring a jacket and sturdy walking shoes.  To order tickets online, visit and clicking on Cemetery Tales or call (541) 386-6772.  For further information, contact Connie Nice, at (541) 386-6772 or email .





Oregon Humanities will offer information and tips for successful grant applications at six upcoming workshops in Southern and Central Oregon during September and October. Director of Programs Jennifer Allen and Program Officer Annie Kaffen will review guidelines for the 2013 Public Program Grants, as well as best practices in preparing successful letters of interest. Oregon Humanities offers nonprofit organizations grants up to $10,000 annually for humanities-based public programs, with a letter of interest deadline of Oct. 31.


September workshops will take place from noon – 1 p.m. Sept. 24, at the North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave., North Bend; Sept. 25 in the Adams Room of the Medford branch of the Jackson County Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford; and Sept. 26 at the Douglas County Museum, 123 Museum Dr., Roseburg. For the September workshops, send an RSVP by email to Jennifer Allen at or call (503) 241-0543 or (800) 735-0543, ext. 118.


October workshops will take place from 11 a.m. – noon, Oct. 3 in the Rodriguez Annex of the Jefferson County Library, 134 SE E St., Madras; Oct. 4 in the Broughton Room of the Crook County Library, 175 NW Meadow Lakes Dr., Prineville; and Oct. 6 at the Redmond Public Library, 827 SW Deschutes Ave., Redmond. For the October workshops, send an RSVP by email to Annie Kaffen at or call (503) 241-0543 or (800) 735-0543, ext. 116.


Can’t make it to one of the workshops? Join Oregon Humanities grants staff for a webinar on Sept. 20, which will advise nonprofit organizations about grant guidelines for the 2013 Public Program Grants cycle. Staff will review the guidelines and application process, present tips, highlight strengths in past letters of interest, and answer questions from applicants. To register for the webinar, visit .


For further information, visit .





Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for non-profit and publicly-owned preservation projects. The Trust awards a majority of funding for planning activities and educational efforts focused on engaging new audiences in the preservation movement. Funding generally ranges from $2,500 to $5,000, and all grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar. The application deadline is Oct. 1.


For further information, visit . For questions, contact the Trust’s grants office by email or call (202) 588-6277.





Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) is seeking an entrepreneurial leader to serve as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). OTE provides services that help form visitor’s first impressions of Oregon. OTE coordinates Oregon’s Heritage Tree and Heritage Marker programs, business highway signs, brochure display programs, highway rest area management, and .

The successful CEO candidate will lead the organization in its values and mission to ensure the reliable stewardship of the agency’s resources in accordance with public faith. The CEO works with the Oregon Travel Information Council to set a code of values and standards of excellence, and ensuring that members of the OTE team meet the values and standards. The CEO will foster an environment of change, understand when change is necessary and how and when to carry it out.


Visit to view the complete announcement and apply. Pay special attention to the application instructions to ensure you submit your application materials correctly. For specific questions contact Jennifer Rogers at (503) 378-8257 or .


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