In this Issue:

1. Exchange features 28 days of training, collaborative efforts

2. National Register lists Roseburg Veterans Administration Hospital

3. Celebrating 100 years of Oregon’s public shore

4. Northwest Archivists offers career development scholarships

5. Willamette Valley Voices calls for papers

6. Pittock Mansion seeks museum education specialist





Just in time for Oregon Statehood Day, Oregonians with a passion for heritage are about to get a gift. Oregon Heritage will conduct 28 days of training related to collections care and disaster preparedness in all regions of the state this year. Hundreds of Oregonians and dozens of organizations will benefit from the free training, thanks to a Connecting to Collections grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Learn more about this wonderful opportunity on Oregon Heritage Exchange.


Also on Exchange, learn how collaborative efforts build strong partnerships – and how one community – Cottage Grove –preserved the character of its community through collaboration.  Read Lloyd Williams’ discussion and learn how these efforts earned Cottage Grove recognition as an All Star Heritage Community.  Are you aware of a heritage-related-collaborative-effort in your community? Join the discussion and the results! Visit Oregon Heritage Exchange.





Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare System’s Roseburg Campus, registered asThe Roseburg Veterans Administration Hospital,” is Oregon’s latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places. Opened in 1933, the facility was the third and largest hospital constructed to serve veterans in Roseburg, but the only campus constructed by the VA. Led by the American Legion and Chamber of Commerce, residents successfully lobbied the US Government to locate a hospital just north of the 1912 Oregon State Old Soldier’s Home. Designed as a general medical hospital and later redesigned as a neuropsychiatric facility, the residential campus offered quality care to thousands of Oregon and northern California veterans of both World Wars. Treatment focused on occupational therapy, including agricultural activities such as raising animals and vegetables for use by the hospital kitchen. One of three hospitals of this type in the nation, the twenty-four historic buildings and structures are constructed in the Classical Revival Style, meant to convey the dignity of national service, and are arranged around a central flag pole and parade ground.


The US Veterans Administration sponsored the nomination of the Roseburg Veterans Administration Hospital Historic District as part of a national effort to recognize the history of the agency. Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the District’s nomination in October 2012. It joins eighteen Roseburg properties now listed in the National Register, including the Oregon State Old Soldiers Home and the Roseburg Downtown, Laurelwood, and Mill-Pine historic districts. Maintained by the National Park Service, the Register falls under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Visit to learn more about recent Oregon listings and the National Register.





In 1913, the future of Oregon’s Pacific shore was as cloudy as the weather, with nearly 25 miles of beachfront property on the north coast owned by private interests. Yet, people depended upon the beaches to travel the rugged headlands. Governor Oswald West, a staunch defender of public land ownership, drafted a bill to address the issue and put it forth during the 27th session of the Oregon legislative assembly. February 13 marked 100 years since the legislature enacted Senate Bill 22 – sometimes called the Open Beaches Act – creating a unique part of Oregon’s heritage. In recognition of his commitment to preserving Oregon’s shore for public use, Short Sand Beach became Oswald West State Park in 1958. Oregon State Parks will join coastal associations and other groups to commemorate the “beach centennial” this year, and will announce events in the Go Guide. For additional history about Oregon’s beaches, visit the Oregon Blue Book online.





The Northwest Archivists (NWA) is accepting applications for At Large Student and Professional Development scholarships. One student and one archivist will receive an award for career development. The application deadline is March 1. For the scholarship descriptions and application materials, visit the NWA website. For additional information, contact Anne Levant Prahl at (503) 226-3600 or





The Willamette Heritage Center is inviting manuscript submissions for the summer edition of “Willamette Valley Voices: Connecting Generations”, scheduled for publication in August. The issue’s theme is “waterways.” Examples of history/heritage topics related to waterways include flooding events, environmental issues and reactions, water-powered industry, fisheries, dam construction, boats and boating, transportation, recreation, irrigation (man-made extensions or manipulations of water), water management/drought, or water-related attractions and tourism.


Articles should be both scholarly and understandable to a broad readership, and based on original research of a documentary, analytical or interpretive nature. The deadline for receiving abstracts with a maximum of 200 words is March 17. If accepted for publication, final papers are due May 25, and should run between 4,000 and 10,000 words, including Chicago Style footnotes. All articles must be an original work and not previously published.


The publication’s mission is to provide a showcase for scholarly writing pertaining to history and heritage in the Mid-Valley. Its purpose is to promote historical scholarship focused on the communities of the area. Annually, the Willamette Heritage Center offers two awards for the best graduate student contributions to “Willamette Valley Voices.” To qualify, authors must be enrolled graduate students at the time they submit their article. Contact Keni Sturgeon at (503) 585-7012, ext. 257, or 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem, OR 97301 to submit an abstract or for further information about the submission process. For more information about the Willamette Heritage Center, please visit the Center’s website at





Pittock Mansion, in Portland, is seeking a part time museum education specialist to support the Curator and Programs Manager in the development and planning of educational programs and tours for student, adults and other visiting groups. Other duties include supporting the volunteer program, and staffing evening and weekend programs as needed. Qualification requirements include a bachelor’s degree in museum studies, history, education, or related field required (a master’s degree is preferred); and one – three years’ experience in museum education or interpretation. Volunteer program experience is also preferred. Visit the Pittock Mansion website to read the full job description: To apply, email a resume and cover letter no later than March 4 to


Mark your calendar for the 2013 Heritage Conference to take place in Portland May 9 and 10!

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