In this Issue

1. New report features added to Oregon Historic Sites Database

2. “Conversations with Funders” set to continue April 9 – 16

3. New Historic Preservation Field School set for June 16 – 19 in Astoria

4. Survey examines tribal and non-tribal archival institution relationships

5. Brooks Historical Society Dedicates Marker

6. Willamette University seeks Director of Native American Programs





Oregon’s State Historic Preservation Office recently added new features to the online Historic Sites Database. There are now three ways to find Oregon’s historic places on the database: the detailed search screen, the statewide map or the report screen. In addition to single property reports, you can now print out detailed summary reports for selected cities, counties, or “groupings” (historic districts, survey projects, thematic groupings, etc.).


Statistical summaries include date by decade, National Register of Historic Places eligibility evaluation, original use, construction materials, and architectural styles. To see the reports, choose the Report Menu tab at the top of the database’s main Search Screen, enter your selection, and print. To explore Oregon’s historic places save this link for future use:


Other enhancements will be forth coming and you can participate by suggesting ideas via email to





The Oregon Cultural Trust and its partners the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage and Oregon Humanities will continue “Conversations with Funders: Arts, Heritage and Humanities” from noon - 2 p.m., April 9, at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho, Bend.


Conversations sessions will provide information about grants, resources and services that could be of value to your organization. The sessions encourage sharing ideas, needs and initiatives and provide the opportunity to connect with other cultural organizations and efforts in your area.


Additional Conversations sessions will take place throughout the state through April 16. Sites include Harney County Community Center, 484 N. Broadway, Burns (9 – 11 a.m., April 10); The Dalles Civic Auditorium Fireside Room, 323 E. Fourth St., The Dalles (10 a.m. – noon, April 15); Historic Downtown City Hall, 20 S. Bonanza St., Echo (3 – 5 p.m., April 15); and the F. Maxine and Thomas W. Cook Memorial Library Community Room, 2006 4th St., La Grande (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., April 16).


For further information, and to register, visit the Conversation with Funders page on the Cultural Trust's web site.





Clatsop Community College will offer a new summer Historic Preservation Field School from June 16 to 19 in Astoria. Titled “The Craft of Historic Buildings”, the Field School will consist of a series of hands-on workshops, visits to regional sites of historic significance, walking tours of historic Astoria, a boat tour of Astoria’s Columbia River waterfront, and other opportunities to investigate local history and preservation activities. Presented through the college’s award-winning Historic Preservation and Restoration Program, the summer Field School offers attendees the twofold opportunity of developing unique historic preservation skills while soaking up the atmosphere of the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.


The four-day hands-on Field School introduces participants to the basic concepts of historic preservation.  Students will earn two college credits and engage in the crafts of historic buildings, including woodworking, blacksmithing, stained glass design and repair, and repair and weatherization of historic windows. Watch the Clatsop Community College website for a full description of planned workshops and activities, and for registration to open in May. For questions, call (503) 338-2301 or email Lucien Swerdloff.





Have you been involved in collaborative projects between tribal and non-tribal cultural heritage institutions? If so, you might be interested in participating in a brief survey developed in consultation with members of the SAA Native American Archives Roundtable, the SAA Cultural Heritage Working Group, and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM).  The survey closes on March 31.


Elizabeth Joffrion, Director of Heritage Resources, Western Washington University and Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, Oregon State University will lead the study, which will help examine best practices for sharing useful skills, knowledge, and resources. The survey will take 5 – 10 minutes to complete. Participants should read the participation agreement form. To participate, visit the Building Successful Relationships Between Tribal and Non-Tribal Archival Institutions website.





Brooks Historical Society and Northwest Rose Historians recently dedicated Brooks’ first historical marker. The marker honors Rev. Fr. George Schoener, "Padre of the Roses." The dedication took place on the occasion of his 150th birthday. Archbishop Alexander Christie appointed Fr. Schoener in October 1910 to assist at nearby St. Louis Parish. Soon after, he became the appointed pastor of Brooks Catholic Church of Assumption where he tended his parish and developed skills in rose hybridization using Oregon native and other roses from October 1911 to October 1915.


The monument also marks the former location of the historic Assumption Church, built in 1875 on land donated by the Moisan family who were Brooks residents. It served as a parish church from 1885 until a fire burned it and Fr. Schoener's roses to the ground on October 9, 1915. For lack of fire insurance on the church building, the parish ceased to exist. Chemeketa Regional Training Center, a branch of Chemeketa Community College currently occupies the site.





Willamette University (WU)  is seeking a Director of Native American Programs. This is a new 11-month, permanent position will advise and support Native American students, coordinate the Chemawa Indian School Partnership Program and work with Salem-Keizer Indian Education, coordinate the Indian Country Conversations series, and convene WU's Native American Advisory Council. The position will remain open until filled; interviews with candidates will begin in early May.


For a complete job description and application details, visit the Willamette University jobs page.





It’s not too late to register for the Oregon Heritage Conference April 23-25, 2014!


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