In this issue:

1. Collections workshops, webinars to be offered this summer

2. Digitized GLO maps for Oregon found on two websites

3. First Bend car is back on the roads

4. Archaeological society supports training, service

5. OHSU seeks university archivist





Nearly 30 workshops and webinars related to collections care, disaster preparedness and museum operations will be available in Oregon during the next few months.


Many of the workshops will be offered by the Oregon Heritage division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Beginning July 29, workshops on emergency response and recovery, digitization and digital preservation, textile care basics, paper care and preservation, and care and handling of photographs. The workshops will take place around the state. Stay tuned for details.


The national Connecting to Collections organization will offer several webinars. The schedule is:

July 7: Seeding Engagement and Cultivating Volunteers through Crowdsourcing

Aug. 24: All Aboard: Engineering Collections Care Training for Small Museums

Aug. 31: Hibernation – Not Just for Bears: Putting your house museum “to bed” for the season 





Scans of survey maps from the United States General Land Office (GLO) are available from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the University of Oregon.


These hand drawn maps, made by surveyors hired by the GLO, were originally made to document the land claims made by settlers to Oregon. Though they can vary in detail, they show the location of homesteads, roads, buildings and land forms. The majority of the maps date from 1852-1910 (a handful of maps are later).


The easiest way to access the maps is to use the map viewer provided by the BLM. Click inside the grid square for the location you are interested in and you will be taken to a page with the records for that section number location. Links to scans of the maps are in the section “Survey Plats”. The date of the map is in third column. Click in the link to open a high resolution scan of the map. A modern “base map” of the section and the scans of the original field notes can also be viewed and uploaded. A more simplified site is provided by University of Oregon, which is easy to use if the township section number is already known.





A 1907 Holsman that was the first car in Bend has been restored and is back on the roads this summer for the centennial of Deschutes County.


Returned to running condition by Wade Bryant of Wade Bryant Automotive, the car will make appearances throughout the summer, including June 29 at Redmond’s Music on the Green and July 4 in La Pine’s Frontier Days parade. The car first belonged to the Deschutes Telephone Company and later given to a former employee in lieu of wages as the phone company went bankrupt. During the 1940s and 50s, the car was a regular in local parades for the Deschutes Pioneers Association.





One of this year’s recipients of an Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards is 65 years old and at that age could be retiring. Instead, the Oregon Archaeological Society is bursting with activity to educate the public about archaeology, advance archaeological knowledge and support the preservation of historic and prehistoric resources.


The society was founded in 1951 as important Native American sites were about to be flooded by The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River. For more about the society, read the latest Oregon Heritage Exchange blog.





The Oregon Health and Science University is seeking a University Archivist who will be responsible for the day-to-day management and long-term development of OHSU’s archives program. Reporting to the Director of Curatorial Services, the University Archivist contributes positive, expansive vision to OHSU Historical Collections & Archives, seeking new ways to build collections, enhance access and engage audiences. The University Archivist identifies, appraises, and acquires archives, manuscripts, university publications, and artifacts in all formats. Supervising a staff of 1.5-3.0 FTE, the position manages accessioning, arrangement, description, preservation, and storage of collections. The University Archivist develops collection management data, EAD finding aids, and other access tools.


For more information, visit the OHSU jobs website.


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