It’s Time for Spring Training!

1. Begin 28 days of training with Oregon Heritage this spring

2. Environmental Interpretation offered at OSU

3. PNW Preservation Field School to take place at Whidbey Island

4. C2C offers “Caring for Yesterday’s Treasures – Today” series





Join Oregon Heritage for 28 days of training related to collections care and disaster preparedness in all regions of the state beginning this spring.  The first 14 days of training will take place from April 14 - May 17 in Astoria, Bend, Coos Bay, Medford, Pendleton, Philomath and Portland. Each community will have two days of training. The first will be about collections care and management. The second will be about disaster preparedness.  People may sign up for one or both days of training.


The collections care workshop will cover the topics of collection policy, preservation planning, collections assessments, environmental controls, collections problem solving, and solving conundrums through networking.


The emergency preparedness workshop includes connecting with emergency responders, disaster planning, identifying threats and resources, collections prioritization, and involving the public in disaster preparedness.


Supported by a Connecting to Collections grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, the free workshops will include lectures, hands-on activities, discussions, guest presentations, and small-group work. Designed for archives, libraries and museums, those with little collections experience as well those with considerable experience will benefit from the workshops. For the schedule of spring trainings and more information, visit Oregon Heritage’s Connecting to Collections website. A second round of workshops will take place in the fall to develop the training topics further.





Students taking the 493 / 593 Environmental Interpretation course offered through the OSU Extended Campus will learn what it means to communicate effectively in leisure settings and how to convey messages effectively to recreational learners.  Environmental Interpretation introduces communication tools and techniques applicable to a variety of disciplines including historical and cultural resource management and useful when engaging museum and historic site visitors.


Participants will develop effective presentations, craft interpretive displays publications, and discover the important role evaluation plays in program development. For course related information, email David Stemper at Visit for registration information or call 1-800-667-1465.





The Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School will return to Puget Sound and Whidbey Island this year, where five sessions will take place during August and September. The Field School provides participants with the opportunity to experience preservation firsthand. The typical class varies in age, skill-background, and interest, but the common thread is always fun and learning. Many participants have used the field school to launch careers in historic preservation.


The Comstock Barn will serve as the location for three Field School sessions. Constructed in 1939 to hold sheep, the Comstock Barn later served as a squash storage barn. It is now in need of renovation to continue service as a monument to the agricultural history of Ebey’s Prairie, located in Ebey’s Landing National Historical reserve, which preserves and protects a continuous record of settlement and land use since the 1850s.


Two Field School sessions will take place at the Campstove Shelter at Deception Pass State Park. Campstove Shelter is among three stove shelters at Cranberry Lake and North Beach constructed during the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Restoration of the Campstove Shelter will involve the use of existing components from the original shelter wherever possible, and creating replacement elements where needed.


Field School participants can earn two (2) graduate or undergraduate level credits from the University of Oregon for each repeatable one-week session, grading is on a pass/no pass basis; it is also able to provide up to fifteen (15) Continuing Education credits for Architects. Financial assistance is available through scholarships. For a complete schedule and application information, visit





Heritage Preservation recently launched a new online course series titled Caring for Yesterday’s Treasures—Today. Tailored to the needs of staff and volunteers at libraries and archives the courses focus on the preservation of archival and historical collections. Hosted by the Connecting to Collections (C2C) Online Community, more than 300 participants took the first two courses, Collections Care Basics and Risk Evaluation.


Upcoming sessions include Protecting Your Collections: Writing a Disaster Response Plan; Caring for Digital Materials: Preventing a Digital Dark Age; Caring for Photographic Materials; Caring for Audiovisual Materials; Fundraising for Collections Care; and Outreach Activities for Collections Care. Registrants will earn a certificate of completion for attending each webinar in the course and completing simple homework assignments. Certified archivists may also earn Archival Recertification Credits for these courses.


Visit the C2C Online Community to view a detailed schedule and register for upcoming sessions.



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

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