In this Issue:

1. Exchange Shares the Secret of Project Success

2. Workshop Offered for Researching Your House History, Sept. 29

3. Disaster Response Forum Set for Portland, Oct. 12

4. Job Openings in Baker City, Bend, Portland





What has worked in the past may not be the right mechanism in moving forward. Learn the secret to project success at Oregon Heritage Exchange: .





Who lived in your house before you? What did it look like originally? Why is there a bathroom on the back porch? Learn how to answer these and other questions by attending a “How to Research the History of Your House” workshop from 10 – 11:30 a.m., Sept. 29 at the Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Ave., Portland.


Researching the history of your house can answer those questions and many others you might have, and can even shed light on the development of your neighborhood. Tibby O’Brien and Morgen Young will take participants through the steps to uncover building histories, using online sources, local archives, and libraries. For further information, visit .





A disaster response forum, “Water, Wind, Weather: Preparing for the Next Catastrophic Storm”, will take place from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Oct. 12 at the Gray Campus Center, Reed College, 3203 SW Woodstock Blvd., Portland. Registration closes on Oct. 5.


Remember the Columbus Day Storm of 1962? The Pittock Mansion received so much damage that the owners considered demolition. In 1995 a cyclone hit Oregon, with wind gusts of 119 miles per hour at Florence and 60 in Portland. The estimated economic impact was $50,000,000. The following year brought severe flooding to the Willamette Valley, and the water nearly covered large wagon train structure at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City.


Is your cultural heritage institution ready to respond to a severe weather event? How long would it take to get your operations up and running again? Who would you call for help?

The disaster response form will bring together staff from cultural heritage institutions, first responders, emergency managers, meteorologists, public utilities staff and other professionals to share stories and concerns; to provide practical information on how to prepare, respond and recover from a catastrophic weather event; and to strengthen ties among greater Portland area cultural heritage staff and first responders.


To register, visit . For further information, contact Judith Norton at (503) 494-3499 or email at .





Baker City: Trail Tenders, Inc., a non-profit heritage organization that operates the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, is seeking a Chief Operating Officer.  This part time position will manage projects, fundraising, and membership. Apply through the Oregon Employment Department under job listing 905099. Email for further information.



Portland: Historical Research Associates, Inc. is seeking a Research Archaeologist / Field Director and a Principal Investigator Archaeologist or Geoarchaeologist.


The qualified Research Archaeologist candidate will possess an advanced degree in Anthropology or a related field; at least three years field experience, and at least one year supervisory experience in the field of Cultural Resource Management. Job duties include leading / conducting archival research, supervising field projects, technical report writing, and artifact analysis. The successful candidate must be willing to travel throughout the Pacific Northwest. Please contact Brad Bowden at 503-237-1319 or for further information.


The Principal Investigator Archaeologist or Geoarchaeologist candidate should have a Ph.D. or M.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology, preferably with expertise in western U.S. archaeology. Please contact Brent Hick at 206-343-0226, for further information.


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Bend: The High Desert Museum is seeking a Curator of Exhibits and Collections, and a Curator of Western History.


The Curator of Exhibits and Collections is responsible for the administration of object collections, library and archives, and oversees all phases of temporary and permanent exhibit production and the delivery of exhibit related concepts to the general public.  Candidates with an MA in Museum Studies, Anthropology, Natural History or U.S. western History are preferred.


The Curator of Western History will provide all aspects of research, exhibition development and management of the museum’s western history collection. The successful candidate will possess the intellectual vision and practical skills necessary to present, interpret and build a collection of western artifacts for utilization in thought-provoking exhibitions; a familiarity with the historic and literary works and academic journals that focus on the Far West in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the Intermountain West in particular; and a proven record of creating and effectively managing the production of exhibits on diverse historical themes across the 19th and 20th century. Experience teaching and in managing collections is also a plus.


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