In this Issue:

1. Historic Cemeteries Commission to Hold Meeting in Salem Feb. 8

2. Historic Preservation Committee Meeting Set for Feb. 14 – 15

3. Oregon Heritage Tourism Award Deadline Feb. 22

4. How to Save an Endangered Place Subject of Program, Feb. 6

5. Consider Participation in the Blue Star Museums Program

6. Benton County Historical Society Seeks Capital Campaign Fundraiser

7. Oregon Museums Association Seeks Administrative Assistant

 

 

HISTORIC CEMETERIES COMMISSION TO HOLD MEETING IN SALEM FEB. 8

 

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) meeting will take place Feb. 8 at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St., Suite C, Salem. The public OCHC meeting will run from 1 – 4 p.m. Agenda items will include public outreach planning, the Association for Gravestone Studies Conference, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. The meeting will be accessible by teleconference and online, when arranged in advance.

 

State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For more information about commission activities, the meeting, and teleconference contact the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s historic cemeteries program coordinator, Kuri Gill, at (503) 986-0685 or Kuri.Gill@state.or.us.

 

 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMITTEE MEETING SET FOR FEB. 14 - 15

 

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places during a two-day meeting at the Oak Hills Christian Reform Church, 2800 NW 153rd Ave., Beaverton. The meeting will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Feb. 14 and continue Feb. 15 at 9:30 a.m.

 

The Committee will review proposed nominations for the Oak Hills Historic District in Beaverton and the North Buckman Historic District in Portland. Individual properties nominated for listing include buildings in Redmond, Grants Pass, Silverton, Stayton, Barview, and Willamina. A meeting agenda, complete nominations, and further details about the nomination process are available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/pages/nrhp_sachphome.aspx.

 

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To make special accommodations, call (503) 986-0690.  Visit www.oregonheritage.org for more information about the National Register and listed Oregon properties (click on “National Register” on the left side of the page).

 

 

OREGON HERITAGE TOURISM AWARD DEADLINE FEB. 22

 

The deadline for submitting an Oregon Heritage Tourism Award nomination is noon, Feb. 1. The award recognizes outstanding use of Oregon's cultural or natural history in 2012 to draw visitors to the state.  Individuals, organizations, businesses, communities, or tourism regions are eligible. Nominations must demonstrate efforts to exemplify best practices and sustainability in attracting visitors to the state.

 

A presentation of awards will take place at the 2013 Oregon Tourism Conference on April 14. For further information, visit the Oregon Tourism website or email patti@traveloregon.com.

 

 

HOW TO SAVE AN ENDANGERED PLACE SUBJECT OF PROGRAM, FEB. 6

 

The Historic Preservation League of Oregon (HPLO) will host a program titled “How to Save an Endangered Place” on Feb. 6 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the Albany City Council Chambers, 333 Broadalbin St. SW, Albany. The one-hour event will highlight important principles for rehabilitating historic buildings, identify common tools used to fund and organize redevelopment projects, and share examples of successful community efforts.

 

The program comes in response to the 2012 listing by the HPLO of Albany’s historic St. Francis Hotel as one of Oregon’s “Most Endangered Places”. The St. Francis, a faded-but-prominent contributor to Albany’s Downtown Historic District, represents “a significant opportunity to further re-energize the economic vitality of Albany’s historic downtown,” says Executive Director, Peggy Moretti, “but it takes creative vision and solid community support. We’re hoping to get the conversation started by sharing what has worked elsewhere.”

 

For more information, contact Peggy Moretti at peggym@historicpreservationleague.org or (503) 243-1923.

 

 

CONSIDER PARTICIPATION IN THE BLUE STAR MUSEUMS PROGRAM

 

Consider joining 34 Oregon museums that participate in the Blue Star Museums program and offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day, May 27 and Labor Day, Sept. 2.  

 

Last year 1,882 museums across the United States participating museums saw attendance of more than 475,000 active duty military personnel and their families, providing the gift of an outstanding museum experience. Registration before April 1 will result in your museum’s inclusion on the National Endowment of the Arts Blue Star Museums map and website.

 

Even if your institution is already offering a similar program or already offers free admission to all, registering as a Blue Star Museum provides a national platform to showcase your museum to the military community. After the registration deadline, you will receive a welcome email with a link to the Blue Star Museums webpage where you will find information on admissions eligibility and promotional resources to help you share news about this summer program.

 

For questions e-mail bluestarmuseums@arts.gov.

 

 

BENTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY SEEKS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISER

 

The Benton County Historical Society, headquartered in Philomath, Oregon, is seeking applicants to fulfill a fixed-term contract as a fundraiser. The chosen person or firm will help the Society with its ongoing campaign to raise in excess of $9 million for the construction of a new museum building in Corvallis. For position and application details, visit the http://www.bentoncountymuseum.org. The application deadline is March 1.

 

 

OREGON MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION SEEKS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

 

The Oregon Museums Association (OMA) is looking for an energetic and self-motived individual to fill a part-time, contract position of Administrative Assistant.  The successful candidate will help expand, enhance and grow the OMA under the direction of its board of directors. For position details and requirements, visit the OMA website.



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