In this Issue:

1. Heritage Commission to Meet in Salem, Jan. 28

2. OH Conversation Project Seeks Scholars, Innovators, Leaders

3. 2013 List of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places Nominations Open

4. NISO Webinar on Metadata for Preservation Set for Feb. 13

5. Sustainable Preservation Practices Webinar Series Offered

6. National Trust / ACHP Partnership Award Nominations Sought





The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet at 11 a.m., Jan. 28, in Room 124 of the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem. A work session will begin at 9 a.m. Agenda items include issues related to Oregon heritage sites, organizations and activities.


The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon’s heritage and geographical diversity, appointed by the Governor. There are 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.


The meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Arrange for special accommodations up to 72 hours in advance by calling (503) 986-0655.


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





The Historic Preservation League of Oregon (HPLO) is accepting nominations for its 2013 list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places. Is there a historic property, barn, bridge or local landmark of significance that is at risk of being lost in your community? These cultural resources tell the story of Oregon, and often restoration and repurposing brings tremendous economic opportunity. Download nomination forms from the HPLO website. The nomination deadline is March 1.


Every year historic properties across Oregon are rehabilitated and reused, enriching neighborhoods, revitalizing Main Streets, conserving resources, and attracting tourists. Anyone may nominate an endangered property. The property can be residential or commercial, urban or rural, public or private. Those selected will receive rehabilitation support from the HPLO and the opportunity for a seed grant to address urgent needs and develop a plan for long-term viability.


HPLO will announce the 2013 Oregon Most Endangered Places on May 30. For more information, call the HPLO at (503) 243-1923 or visit



The Oregon Humanities’ (OH) Conversation Project offers humanities-based public discussion programs about provocative issues and ideas. OH is seeking scholars, community leaders, innovators, provocateurs, artists, academic all-stars, and other engaged thinkers who want to help Oregonians think broadly, ask questions, and talk with each other about timely and relevant ideas that affect our daily lives and decisions.

OH encourages applications from individuals who are smart, passionate about ideas, and curious – who understand the role of the humanities in the public sphere, value listening as much as speaking, and possess a willingness to step out from behind the podium and lead an active conversation among participants.

Visit to read the full Request for Proposals and apply online. The application deadline is March 8. For questions, contact Jennifer Allen by phone at (503) 241-0543 or (800) 735-0543, ext. 118 or email at





The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) will hold a webinar titled “Metadata for Preservation: A Digital Objects Best Friend” from 4 – 5:30 p.m., Feb. 13. Registration closes at noon the same day.


As the reliance on electronic content increases, preservation-related digital repositories grow. In 2003, the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and Research Libraries Group (RLG) established an international working group called PREMIS (Preservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies) to develop a common core set of metadata elements for digital preservation. PREMIS issued the most recent version of its Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata in July 2012. It is widely implemented in preservation repositories throughout the world in multiple domains.


Visit the NISO website for further information or for webinar registration.





The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) is offering a series of nine webinars titled “Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments”. The next webinar, “Dealing with Winter Dryness” will take place on Feb. 6 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.  The webinars, which began in January and run through September, provide information on a variety of topics from recent preservation research to tips for dealing with broad environmental challenges such as summer heat and humidity and winter dryness.


The webinars will provide useful tools and information that will allow participants to make informed decisions and to initiate successful environmental management practices at their own institutions. Collections care, facilities management, and administrative staff will benefit in viewing the webinars as a team.


Past webinars are available for viewing at the IPI website on the webinar information page. For a complete schedule of dates and topics, visit the IPI website.





The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are seeking nominations for the 2013 National Trust/ACHP Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation. A category of the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards, this joint award honors outstanding federal partnerships that advance the preservation of important historic resources. The deadline for nominations is March 1.


Federal activities have a profound impact on our nation’s cultural landscape. This national awards program provides an opportunity to highlight an agency’s commitment to a preservation ethic and gain public awareness of its accomplishments and requires a demonstrated partnership with a federal organization. Partners may include Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations, not-for-profit organizations, individuals, businesses, state and local governments, and other non-federal persons or organizations. Nominated projects or programs can include one or more non-federal partners and more than one federal agency.


A jury of preservation professionals from the National Trust and the ACHP will review the nominations and select a winner who will receive the honor in November at the National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. The National Trust website provides a complete description of eligibility and nomination requirements as well as an online application.


For more information, visit or contact Patricia Knoll, at (202) 606-1385 or



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