In this Issue

1. Join the Great ShakeOut, set for Oct. 16

2. IMLS accepting museum grant program applications thru Dec. 1

3. WOU to host archive event Oct. 15 in Monmouth

4. Linfield’s Nicholson Library hosts exhibit on Pacific City dory fleet

5. Oregon State Archives opens new exhibit

6. WHC seeks executive director

7. Painter Sophie Sheppard wins the 30th annual Earle A. Chiles Award





It’s time to put your disaster preparedness plans to the test! Join other museums, libraries and cultural institutions at 10:16 a.m., Oct. 16, and participate in the Great ShakeOut - the “world’s biggest earthquake drill.” Participants will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” for at least one minute.


Many resources are available to help you plan your participation and share valuable information about what to do in the event of an earthquake. If you choose to lead a drill, the Great ShakeOut provides manuals and tips for many different scenarios. If you are looking for information to share on what to do during and before an earthquake, FEMA has created a short video, “When the Earth Shakes,” which provides key information in an accessible format. For more information, see previous posts about earthquake preparedness and mitigation, increase your knowledge about the risk of earthquakes in your region and visit Oregon Heritage online for information about disaster preparedness planning and recovery.





The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in all of its museum grant programs. The application deadline for each of these programs is Dec. 1. For more information about these notices of funding opportunities, including instructions for completing applications, contacts, and webinar access information, click on any of the following links:



IMLS staff members are available by phone and email to discuss general issues relating to these funding programs. A pre-recorded webinar detailing important information about museum funding opportunities is accessible online. IMLS invites potential grant applicants to participate in one or more of the live pre-application webinars listed below. Click here for instructions on how to join the webinars.






In celebration of Oregon Archives Month, the Department of History at Western Oregon University will host an “Archives, Museums, and Historical Societies Exposition” from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Oct. 15 on the second floor of the Werner University Center on the WOU campus, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth (map and directions). The event will feature repositories from throughout the mid-Willamette Valley, including the Albany Regional Museum, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Independence Heritage Society, Keizer Heritage Center, North Santiam Historical Society, Oregon State University Special Collections, Polk County Museum, State of Oregon Archives, Western Oregon University Archives, Willamette University Archives, and the Willamette Heritage Center. For further information, email Bob Reinhardt.




“Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City”, a traveling exhibit showcasing the historical and contemporary role of the Pacific City’s dory fleet, will be on display thru Nov. 10 at the Nicholson Library, Linfield College, 900 SE Baker St. McMinnville (map and directions). An opening reception will take place at 3 p.m., Oct. 12.


The exhibit is the result of the collaboration between Linfield College and the Pacific City community. Pacific City is home to one of the most unusual fishing fleets in the world, and one of the last of its kind. A dory fleet has been in the small coastal town for a century, with dory fishermen and women once numbering in the hundreds. Now the old-timers are passing on and the commercial industry is in decline. Newcomers, however, are joining seasoned anglers in maintaining a robust sports fishing community.


In 2011, Linfield students and faculty began documenting the history of the Pacific City dory fleet to preserve a part of Oregon history. The project resulted in an astounding 15,000 photos, 200 hours of audio and video and more than 1,500 artifacts. More than 100 dory fishers participated in interviews. The research project included an original production, “Kickin’ Sand and Tellin Lies,” scholarly papers, book chapters, poster sessions and the visual art exhibit “Smooth Beaches and Flat-Bottomed Boats.” The exhibit features 18 panels that explore historical highlights, building a dory, fiberglassing and painting a dory, turning oars, Pacific City dories, dory derbies, Dory Days, the Memorial Wall and Blessing of the Fleet, Yamhill County connections, launching and landing a dory and “The Launching through the Surf” project. 


For additional information, visit Linfield College online or call (503) 883-2802.





The Oregon State Archives recently opened a new exhibit, featuring photographs of cemeteries around the state, and located in the lobby gallery of the Archives building. It is open for viewing from 8 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4:45 p.m., Monday – Friday.


The images offer a look at the wide range of ways that people represent themselves and their loved ones in death. The exhibit shows cemeteries in diverse settings all around Oregon – from farmland to deserts to mountains. Thirty-three photographic panels make up the exhibit and include descriptions about the image, show the location of the cemetery and gives information about the site. Senior Archivist Gary Halvorson took the exhibit photographs while traveling the state conducting historical records surveys for the State Archives.


The Archives will host an open house in celebration of Archives month from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Oct. 11, and the exhibit will be available for viewing along with selected historical documents from the holdings and tours of the building. The Archives will also participate in an "Exposition" of local heritage organizations on campus at Western Oregon University, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Oct. 15 and the "Archives Crawl" in Portland Oct. 18.





The Willamette Heritage Center is seeking an executive director (ED) who is forward-thinking, with strong management skills, proven development experience and a solid fiscal background to provide leadership and direction. The application deadline is Oct. 31.


The ideal candidate will have excellent demonstrable administrative, leadership, communication (written and oral), financial/ budgeting, fundraising and management skills. The successful candidate will possess a strong work ethic, outgoing personality, and be an enthusiastic supporter of the mission and vision of the Center. This is a wonderful opportunity for a seasoned professional with diversified leadership, management and fundraising skills to build on the financial and organizational strengths of the museum, while exercising a strong leadership role in charting the future of this vibrant and expanding nonprofit organization.


Mail a resume/CV along with a cover letter that includes salary history and a list of four professional references with contact information to Willamette Heritage Center, Attn: Ted Stang, WHC Board President, 1313 Mill St., SE Salem, OR 97301. For application information and a job description, visit Willamette Heritage Center online. For questions or additional information, call Ted Stang at (503) 585-7012.





The High Desert Museum's Chiles Award Committee has selected Sophie Sheppard, a third-generation Great Basin painter, essayist, farmer and environmental activist, as the 30th annual Earle A. Chiles Award winner.


The award honors Sheppard's environmental stewardship and artistic interpretation of the High Desert. During four decades of creative work, she has brought the unique beauty of the region to diverse groups and has helped raise awareness of the natural resources of the Great Basin. She will receive the award during a presentation at the Earle A. Chiles Award Banquet on Dec. 2.





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