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  • 17 Jan 2016 3:25 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The steering committee for Tillamook Helping Hands has scheduled a meeting for January 25, 2016, at 5:30 PM in the Classroom at the THH Homeless Emergency Center, the former Naval Air Station Tillamook Headquarters Building at the Port of Tillamook Bay. The meeting is open to parties interested in volunteering at the Center and plans will be discussed for the opening of the Center in February. For more information, call Ruby at the Pioneer Museum at 503.842.4553.

  • 05 Jan 2016 4:11 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Applications are now available to nominate individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon’s heritage for an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award. Nominations are encouraged for exceptional and commendable work with special consideration given to the development of new ideas, approaches and innovations in heritage-related activities. The awards are intended to draw public attention to important heritage efforts in Oregon and to raise the quality of heritage-oriented activities.


    The deadline for nominations is Jan. 18. Award information, the nomination application and a list of previous winners is available at the awards website. 

    Additional information is available from Mike Gushard at (503) 986-0671 or


    The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards will be presented May 5 by Oregon Heritage at the 2016 Oregon Heritage Conference in Salem.

  • 03 Dec 2015 12:25 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Faces, Places & Vases, featuring the art of Skip Horton and Donna Beverly, is on display at Benton County Museum through January 23, 2016.

    “Movement is a constant element in my artwork; the drama of the wind across the landscape, like the dancer on a stage, always influences my images.  Once the image is redrawn in watercolor pencil or graphite line on the canvas and the focus of the painting is established, I can then get lost in my world of color and the dance of the paintbrush…. Studying color theory and art history gives me the impetus to utilize color as a means of personal expression and play”  says Beverly.  


    Reflecting on his art in this exhibition, Horton says “The metal, ceramic and glass pieces in this show are the result of combining various media, glass details on ceramic pieces, for example. I now combine and use new tools and techniques with what I have done in the past in a less goal-oriented way.  I get a general idea about a sculpture, start the project and then let the process dictate how things go. Instead of designing for the purpose of training someone else, I produce for the joy of using my own hands.”


    Enjoy a visit to Oregon’s past and present! The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 4:30. Admission is always free!


  • 03 Dec 2015 10:35 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Oregon Heritage Commission

    There are currently three appointed positions on the Oregon Heritage Commission that have expired or will be expiring June 30. Requests for appointment are now being accepted.


    The Heritage Commission’s nine members represent a diversity of cultural, geographic and institutional interests. The Commission is the primary agency for coordination of heritage activities in the state. This includes carrying out the Oregon Heritage Plan, increasing efficiency and avoiding duplication among interest groups, developing plans for coordination among agencies and organizations, encouraging tourism related to heritage resources, and coordinating statewide anniversary celebrations.


    All Oregon residents are encouraged to apply for appointment. The Heritage Commission is especially seeking members with knowledge and experience related to community institutions, tourism, education/higher education, or communications/marketing.  It also particularly seeks members who are from ethnic groups, who are under 35 years of age, or who live in central or southern Oregon.


    The group meets four-six times per year in changing locations around the state, including by phone. Commissioners are also asked to occasionally participate in meetings or events in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time. Commissioners are reimbursed for their travel and related expenses while conducting official commission business.


    More information about the Oregon Heritage Commission is available online at and from Commission coordinator Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or .


    To request appointment, go to Gov. Kate Brown’s Boards and Commissions webpage at For full consideration for the one current vacancy, please submit your request by Jan. 5.  

  • 03 Dec 2015 10:25 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Albany Regional Museum New Exhibit

    The California and Oregon Railroad, the first train to arrive in Albany on December 8, 1870.  

    The train arrival celebration will be reenacted by Howard Poppleton as Ben Holladay, Railroad Baron; Leslie Hogan as Abigail Scott Duniway; and Bill Maddy as Dr. Abram Loryea, event speaker.  A brief O&C Railroad board meeting will be held in the community room featuring a panel of railroad historians who will talk about the past, present and future of Albany railroads and how they shaped the small town of Albany.

    Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

  • 21 Nov 2015 4:03 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    The Western Museums Association (WMA) has announced a Request for Proposals for the 2016 Annual Meeting to be held in Phoenix, AZ, September 25-28. The deadline for 2016 Proposals is Friday, December 4, 2015.

    The WMA Annual Meeting provides museum professionals an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn from each other by attending valuable sessions. Diverse presentations are a key component to the success of the Annual Meeting, and are important in creating a meaningful and content-rich experience for all of the museum professionals who attended.

    To submit a proposal, visit: 2016 Session & Workshop RFP

  • 21 Nov 2015 3:52 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Springfield Museum seeks business, academic and civic leaders who are passionate about investing time in our local museum. The Springfield Museum’s mission is to preserve the City of Springfield’s historical artifacts and provide historical and cultural exhibits for the citizens and visitors to Downtown Springfield. Well-connected individuals are needed who can help the Museum build its internal capacity to support growth and stability.

    Send an email to detailing the reason for your interest in the position. Be sure to attach your resumé with a detailed job / work history.

    Application deadline: December 31, 2015

    More information: Springfield Museum Job Description for Board Members

  • 21 Nov 2015 2:34 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    Tickets for the 12th annual Festival of Trees’ Gala Event and Silent Auction will go on sale at 10:00 AM on November 17 at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. Viewing of the trees and auction items will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 5 and continue until the Gala Event onDecember 11th. The Festival is the only fundraiser the Museum holds for itself each year. This year’s proceeds will go toward the installation of a permanent restroom at the Museum’s property at Kilchis Point Reserve. “We have many of our talented decorators returning again this year to create beautiful Christmas trees,” said Festival Committee member Carla Albright. “We love seeing the various themed trees and the unique ways they can be decorated.” Also available for bidding in the Santa’s Pack portion of the auction will be Christmas-themed wreathes, centerpieces, tabletop trees and items donated by area businesses and individuals. New this year will be The North Pole, an area on the second floor of the Museum with additional full-sized trees, auction items, wine and music. 

    The Gala Event and Silent Auction will be held from 5:30 to 8:15 PM on Friday, December 11, 2015. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, “But we have sold out several days in advance the last two years, so it is best get your tickets early,” Albright reminded. Ticket price includes two glasses of wine, heavy hors’d’oeuvres by Pacific Restaurant, and the opportunity to win a door prize. 

    For more information, contact the Pioneer Museum at 503.842.4553.

    An ocean theme from The Pearl Studio in 2014.

    An ocean theme from The Pearl Studio in 2014.

  • 17 Nov 2015 10:51 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Experience History And Beauty at Magic the the Mill Holiday Festival

    Thousands of twinkling lights set the Willamette Heritage Center site aglow in a holiday wonderland December 19th through December 23rd.

    Thousands of twinkling lights set the Willamette Heritage Center site aglow in a holiday wonderland December 19th through December 23rd. 

    Animated and lighted ducks and fish swim in the water of the Mill Race while sheep cavort and lighted trees dance to music. Local groups perform a variety of music every night. All ages will enjoy the hands-on crafts, model trains, living history, and other activities. Of course, Santa and his elves will be on hand to hear from children of all ages. For many, Magic at the Mill is a family tradition. Special 3-D glasses that add a delightful ambiance are available for purchase. Many longtime favorite musical groups will be on hand again this year to perform and add their special festive charm. Museum exhibits in the three historic houses and Mill Building will be open for visitors, with WHC docents sharing fascinating stories of pioneer and woolen mill life. In addition to the traditional favorite crafts of making reindeer food and silhouettes, kids can create period Victorian holiday ornaments. Families can search the site to locate Miss Millie’s “lost lamb” while also watching WHC blacksmiths at the forge and the model trains in the PGE building.

    Magic at the Mill Holiday Festival

    December 19th – December 23rd

    5:30 – 8:00pm

    Willamette Heritage Center

    1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR 97301

    Contact: Bob Reinhardt, WHC Executive Director, at 503-585-7012 or


  • 21 Oct 2015 8:22 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    The National Preservation Institute, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, educates those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. The NPI will be offering a seminar in Landscape Preservation in Seattle, WA on November 17-18. The deadline to register is November 2, 2015.

    Landscape Preservation: An Introduction Seattle, WA — November 17-18, 2015
    In this introduction to the basics of cultural landscapes, learn about designed, vernacular, and ethnographic landscapes, and historic sites. Review applicable laws and regulations, and discuss how to identify and inventory character-defining features of a landscape. Explore the concepts of preservation planning and documentation, and the development of the cultural landscape report for use in managing historic and cultural landscapes. Case studies illustrate realistic approaches to effective landscape management and preservation. An agenda is available at

    The NPI seminar schedule is available at


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