In this issue:

1. Ultimate Grants Toolkit webinar series to begin Oct. 10

2. Still time to register for archives overview workshop in Portland, Oct. 24

3. Interpretation courses available at OSU

4. ‘Words That Burn’ to bring multi-cultural view of World War II

5. Coos Maritime Museum to close, will soon begin moving

6. Fort Rock homestead photos highlighted in Baker City venue





The Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) will present The Ultimate Grants Toolkit, a series of eight, 90-minute live webinars beginning Oct. 10 with an introductory session titled, "The Power of Mission-Centered Grantsmanship, and continuing through Jan. 23. The Ultimate Grants Toolkit webinar series offers a practical, hands-on, skill-building approach to corporate, foundation, and government grantsmanship - for beginners and veterans alike.


This series is perfect for those new to the grants profession and looking for a solid base of knowledge, skills, and step-by-step roadmaps to get you started. It will also benefit professional grant writers looking for a solid grounding in the fundamentals and new tools and resources for managing your work, deepening your practice, and taking your success to the next level and staff members and volunteers who are directly involved in grant seeking efforts, either as novices or as grants veterans. Board members, administrative staff, and others who, while not directly responsible for the grants function, serve in a supporting role are also encouraged to attend.


For further information, visit NAO online.





The Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Oregon State Historical Records Advisory Board will present an archives overview workshop from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Oct. 24 in the Madison Room at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. Librarians, museum staff, administrators, archivists, and volunteers in small repositories with historical records and without archives training will all benefit from this workshop.


Attendees will receive an overview of basic archival theory, functions, and practices that protect the integrity of historical records. The workshop will also provide a basis for further learning. For further information, and to register, visit the SAA website.





Oregon State University’s Extended Campus is offering Environmental Interpretation (FES 493/593) during fall term. Attendees will learn how to create effective presentations, guided tours, displays, and websites, specially tailored for interpretive settings. This course will reveal the effectiveness of interpretation as a communication strategy and will introduce techniques applicable to a variety of disciplines - including historical and cultural resource management - and useful in engaging not only visitors to museums, aquariums, and historic sites, but also users of digital media. The course also covers the important role evaluation plays in product development.


For registration information: visit or call (800) 667-1465





‘Words That Burn’, a multi-cultural presentation, will bring to life the words of three distinct views of World War II beginning at 8 p.m., Sept. 25-28, and 2 p.m., Sept. 28 at the Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., Portland.  A community event will precede or follow each performance.


This dramatic work juxtaposes the history and perspectives of three World War II figures -- conscientious objector William Stafford, Japanese-American internee Lawson Inada, and Chicano Marine Guy Gabaldón -- through a blend of poetry and monologue written in their own words. Commemorating the William Stafford Centennial, Hispanic Heritage Month, and the rescindment of Executive Order 9066 (Japanese-American internment), the intent of ‘Words That Burn’, according to playwright Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, is “reconciliation, to hold multiple points of view and generate community dialogue that spans politics, cultures, and generations.”


‘Words That Burn’ is produced by Los Porteños, a Latino writers’ collective dedicated to raising its voices and to raising awareness of their diverse languages, canons, stories and cultures. Show sponsors include the Oregon Heritage Commission, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition/Oregon Cultural Trust, Marylhurst University and Friends of William Stafford. For further information, visit or call (503) 236-7253.





The Coos Historical & Maritime Museum will offer free admission from Sept. 10-13 before closing the doors on its North Bend site and preparing for moving later this year to a brand-new building on the Coos Bay waterfront.


“This is a great chance to say goodbye to that brave building, to talk to the staff about the move, and to get excited about the next chapter,” said Frank Smoot, executive director. For more information, visit Coos Historical and Maritime Museum online or call (541) 756-6320.





An exhibit that tells the story of the Fort Rock homestead era through contemporary photographs will open on Sept. 19 and run through Nov. 30 at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City. “High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin” by Corvallis photographer Rich Bergeman will be on view at the Interpretive Center's Flagstaff Gallery.


Bergeman spent several weeks exploring the Fort Rock and Christmas Lake valleys while an artist in residence at Playa on Summer Lake. With the help of some long-time residents and old maps, he created a photographic journey back in time through his images of abandoned homesteads, disappeared town sites, geologic features and remnants of that mostly-forgotten chapter in Oregon history.


The exhibit features more than 30 black-and-white photographs, maps and accompanying text that tell the story of the early 20th century land rush that brought hundreds of pioneers to the Fort Rock and Christmas Lake valleys between 1908 and 1915. They arrived with hopes of carving out a livelihood on their own piece of the western frontier, but their dreams collapsed with the harsh realities of the High Desert climate. By the 1930s the towns had emptied; boarded up schoolhouses and abandoned cabins littered the landscape.

The Trail Center is located five miles east of Baker City, Oregon on Highway 86. Take Exit 302 from I-84. The Center is currently open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call (541) 523-1843 for updates on programs and events. For more information about the Trail Center visit





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