In this issue:

1.  Independence renovation supports downtown revival

2.  OPRD seeks to hire preservation specialist

3.  Governor makes heritage declarations

4.  State Archives launches historic highway exhibits





Built in 1895, the J.S. Cooper Block is the key architectural feature in Independence’s historic downtown. Its owner was a prominent banker who later became a key figure in the region’s booming hop industry, which eventually led the city of Independence to be named the “hop capital of the world.” After decades of decline, a recent renovation has brought it and downtown Independence a new life, and an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award. Read more about it in an Oregon Heritage Exchange blog post:





The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department would like to hire a Program Analyst 2 (Preservation Specialist/Historian).


The position of Program Analyst 2 (Preservation Specialist/Historian) is responsible for providing technical and professional cultural resource management expertise for the department and determines appropriate management practices for preservation of cultural resources and historic assets in state parks (including maintenance, restoration, repair, protection, rehabilitation, reconstruction, removal or moving the resource); and the cultural resource aspects of park planning, site design, land acquisition and interpretation. This position will help identify buildings and historic sites of potential historical significance; oversees the nomination of significant buildings and historic sites to the National Register of Historic Places; reviews all projects for impact on historic buildings and historic sites; seeks and manages grants-in-aid for historic archaeological site excavation, building restoration, and survey projects. Position also works closely with OPRD field staff to ensure the protection of historic archaeological and historic sites within state parks, and provides cultural resource advice and assistance to agency staff which may include researching historic photos, documents, land ownership and other topics.


For more information, see the job announcement at:





Governor Kate Brown has issued two heritage proclamations this month.


She declared the entire month Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the week of May 6-14 as American Indian Month.


“Oregon’s tribes make great contributions to their members and communities at large through philanthropic work, cultural and language preservation, affordable housing, health care, environmental stewardship, [and] services for elders,” said the Governor in her American Indian Month declaration.


Several dozen people attended the Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month proclamation signing. The event included a talk by Supreme Court Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto, who is the first female of Asian descent to hold that office.





The Oregon State Archives has launched  a new online exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Historic Columbia River Highway.


This exhibit celebrates the centennial of the dedication of the Columbia River Highway in June 1916. It combines vintage photographs and postcards with modern scenic photographs to give the viewer a taste of the history and beauty of the highway and the surrounding Columbia River Gorge. Most of the photographs are from the Oregon State Archives holdings. Maps, diagrams and descriptive text add to the story of the highway.


The exhibit can be viewed at:


A gallery exhibit on the highway will be mounted later this month at the State Archives and will be available for viewing during regular business hours.



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