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  • 02 Oct 2015 2:07 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Philomath, Or.—The Board of Trustees of the Benton County Historical Society unanimously agreed to negotiate a contract with Gerding Builders, LLC of Corvallis, Oregon to construct the Society’s planned museum in downtown Corvallis.


    The Facilities Committee of the Board made the recommendation at the Trustees’ regular meeting on Thursday, August 20, 2105. Committee members held interviews ten days earlier with three construction firms to determine the best fit for the Society’s project.


    For the past four years, the Historical Society has been raising money to build a museum in downtown Corvallis. The $9 million museum project is designed by internationally-known museum architect, Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture of Portland Oregon and New York. 


    With over half the funds raised from over 300 donors, the Society is moving ahead with the design process by choosing a contractor to work closely with museum architects. The Society hopes to break ground in early 2017 and open in early 2018.


    Upon notification of their selection, a representative of Gerding Builders remarked, “Gerding is absolutely thrilled to be coming along side of the Benton County Historical Society for this great community project. We believe wholeheartedly in the growth and strength of our community, and feel strongly that the Museum will be a local landmark for generations to come. As a local contractor, we are committed to stimulating the local economy and respect the BCHS's decision to keep the project local. It is our utmost desire to be good neighbors during the construction project and will be working closely with area businesses and residents to accommodate their needs and concerns.”

    The Society’s new museum project is the result of its acquiring the Horner Collection from Oregon State University. The need for more exhibition space became apparent when it was determined that the combined collections of the Society numbered over 100,000 objects, photographs, manuscripts and archives. The collections are stored in a purpose-built storage facility on the Society’s Philomath campus, but its Philomath College building does not have the capacity for more public display space.


    For more information about how to contribute to the Corvallis museum project please visit our website or call Irene Zenev, Executive Director.

  • 02 Oct 2015 1:54 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) has announced two grants programs, the PTT Grants program and the NCPTT Media Grants Program.The Preservation Technology Grants program funds innovative research that develops technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Grant recipients undertake innovative research and produce technical reports which respond to national needs in the field of historic preservation. The maximum award is $40,000. 

    The Media Grants Program is a subset of the Preservation Technology and Training Grants. Grant recipients will develop publications, web or mobile applications, and video products that offer preservationists a better understanding of tools and resources available to preserve cultural heritage. The resulting grant products help increase the longevity of cultural resources. The maximum award is $15,000.  

    The deadline for all applications is Nov. 3. For more information, visit the NCPTT website.

  • 02 Oct 2015 1:45 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Smith Rock State Park will host the annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration lecture series each Friday evening in October. Presentations start at 7 p.m. at the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center, 10087 NE Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne.  The free presentations are open to the public. Day-use parking is $5. Annual parking passes for 12- or 24-months are available.

    The presentations are:
    Oct. 2: Justine Lowry, Central Oregon Community College: "A Continuum of Indigenous Arts of the Plateau and Great Basin."
    Oct. 9: Stephen Todd Jankowski, US Forest Service: "Form vs. Function: A Classification System for Rock Features."
    Oct. 16: Dennis Jenkins, University of Oregon: "Archaeological Investigations of the Connley Caves."
    Oct. 23: Eric Iseman, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department: "Tribal Rock Art of the Oregon Country."
    Oct. 30: Emily Pritchard, US Forest Service: "Reading the Cultural Landscape."

    Smith Rock State Park is located off of Highway 97 three miles north of Redmond and three miles east of Terrebonne. More information and directions are available at or by calling 541-923-7551, ext. 21.

  • 29 Aug 2015 2:54 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)


    Registration is now open! Please join us October 11-13, 2015 at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton, Oregon for OMA's Annual Conference: 'Telling the Whole Story: Diversity and Change in Today's Museums.' Registration deadline is September 25, 2015.

    Register Now!

  • 29 Aug 2015 2:47 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Fort Dalles Museum Birthday Celebration 

    Fort Dalles Museum will be celebrating its birthday is Monday, August 31st. There will be a birthday cake to celebrate the day...

    Fort Dalles Museum is the oldest museums in The Dalles, and one of the oldest museums in the state of Oregon. The Surgeon’s Quarters was opened as a museum on August 31, 1905 by the Old Fort Dalles Historical Society through the assistance of the Oregon Historical Society.  Built in 1856, the building is the last of the officer's quarters of the former Fort Dalles. The only other remaining building is the gardener's cottage which was moved to the former fort grounds from its location near The Dalles High School.

    It is truly the jewel of The Dalles, Wasco County, and the Columbia River Gorge.  The museum later expanded with the addition of the antique vehicle collection comprised of horse-drawn and automobiles that are housed in two separate buildings on the old military grounds.  The Anderson Homestead (house, barn, and granary) joined the museum complex in the late 1970s.

    As part of the birthday celebration, the Fort Dalles Museum/Anderson Homestead Foundation will be spearheading a benefit for the museum.  The Foundation will be seeking contributions in the amount of $110.00. That’s one dollar for every year that the museum has been operating. This will provide funds to update the museum’s lighting and add additional period-appropriate lighting to the rooms which do not have lights. 

    The lighting project will be in conjunction with the electrical upgrades that will occur at the museum this fall through a grant from Northern Wasco County PUD.  The grant also covers updating the heating system, adding air conditioning, and insulating the building. Upgrading the lighting will provide better illumination during the evening events as well as during the winter months which will allow the museum to be open.

    Contributions will be accepted at the museum during the concert or at the museum. Checks should be made out to the Fort Dalles Museum Foundation and mailed to PO Box 591, The Dalles, Oregon  97058. A receipt will be sent by mail to the donor. Those interested in more information should contact the museum at 541-296-4547

    Fort Dalles Party

  • 19 Aug 2015 10:59 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Gordon House Conservancy will hold the 13th Annual Taste of Frank Lloyd Wright on September 25, starting at 5 p.m. at the Eastbank Contractor Appliances Showroom at 800 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland. The event will bring together well-known northwest chefs providing cooking demonstrations in state-of- the-art kitchen technology showrooms. Oregon breweries and wineries led by Advanced Sommelier Robert Volz will provide tastes for event guests to sample and sample again. 

    All proceeds will benefit the preservation and restoration of the one, and only, Frank Lloyd Wright building in Oregon and the only one open to the public in the Pacific Northwest. Crucial restoration work still needs to be completed to the Gordon House which will contribute dramatically to the visitor’s experience and appreciation of this historic Frank Lloyd Wright structure in Silverton. 

    Tickets can be purchased today at $60 per person or two for $100 with early-bird specials including guided tour tickets to the house in Silverton. Table sponsorships with benefits are available. 

    Frank Lloyd Wright, considered by many to be the greatest American architect of the 20t century, designed the house for Conrad and Evelyn Gordon in 1957 to be built on their Oregon farm in Clackamas County. Construction of the three-bedroom, three-bath home was finally completed in 1964. With the passing of Evelyn in 1997, preservationists and architecture fans made a concerted effort to save the house from demolition and move it 24 miles to Silverton next to The Oregon Garden. The home was carefully reconstructed and opened to the public in March 2002. The house is a demonstration of significant innovations by Wright and his organic architectural concepts. His modern style was considered fresh and original. Frank Lloyd Wright also utilized every space in his buildings and designed them with great minimalism and functionality in mind. This house is iconic and a treasure for all Oregonians.

  • 19 Aug 2015 10:17 AM | 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 seminar schedule is available at


    Advance registration rate available through September 9, 2015

    Seminar held in cooperation with the

    Oregon Department of Transportation

    and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office


    The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards: Treatment Considerations

    Portland, OR — October 19-20, 2015


    The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties form the basis for historic property rehabilitation for all federal projects, federal tax benefits, and often for state, local, and private rehabilitation projects. Explore the standards in detail with particular attention to the preservation of historic fabric, sustainability, green rehabilitation, and the use of renewable materials. Participants have the opportunity to discuss the application of the Standards to their projects. An agenda is available at


    Instructor. John J. Cullinane, AIA, specialist in the development of planning tools for the stewardship of historic and architectural resources; historic architect and director of training for SEARCH Inc.; formerly senior architect, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation


    Historic Windows: Managing for Preservation, Maintenance, and Energy Conservation

    Portland, OR — October 21-22, 2015


    Historic windows are both critical components of a building’s weather envelope and valuable character-defining features worth retaining for architectural and environmental reasons. Learn about the rich history and variety of wood, steel, and aluminum windows and construction methodology. Explore the maintenance and rehabilitation techniques that allow windows to have long and sustainable service lives. Review energy conservation and economic issues as factors facing managers in the restore-or-replace debate and regulations relating to preservation of these assets. An agenda is available at


    Instructor. Gordon H. Bock, principal, National Archives Associates; contributing editor Traditional Building; former editor-in-chief,Old-House Journal; architectural historian, writer, editor, and co-author of The Vintage House


    LA CES. This SOI Standards seminar meets the criteria for programs in the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System and participants will receive 6 PDH HSW each day.


    Registration. A registration form is available at The advance registration rate is available through September 9, 2015


    Questions? Please contact us. Thank you.


    Jere Gibber

    Executive Director

    National Preservation Institute

    P.O. Box 1702, Alexandria, VA 22313

    703/765-0100703/768-9350 fax;

  • 19 Aug 2015 9:45 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars now for May 4-6 at the Capitol, with the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards dinner May 5 at another site in Salem.

    While Oregon Heritage Conference activities have taken place in conference centers, theaters, churches, museums, cemeteries, retail stores, brewpubs and other locations, the 2016 conference will be in a unique location: the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.

    The conference theme will be “16 going on 20, 50 and 100: Reflecting on the Past, Capitolizing on the Present and Building the Future”. The theme highlights that this will be the 16th year of an Oregon Heritage Conference, the 20th anniversary of the first meeting of the Oregon Heritage Commission, the 50th anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

    The Oregon Heritage Conference brings together people who love and work with Oregon's heritage. Designed to be interdisciplinary, the conference focuses on all sectors of cultural heritage, such as historic preservation, museums, archives, libraries, historic cemeteries, and local and state government. Further information about the 2016 conference will be available later this year.

    “We want to thank the Oregon State Capitol Foundation and the Capitol History Gateway for their interest and support in hosting the conference with Oregon Heritage,” said Kuri Gill, one of the conference organizers. “We want to make it our best conference ever.”

  • 12 Aug 2015 12:31 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    EUGENE, SEPTEMBER 23-24, 2015

    At University of Oregon, Eugene



    The Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) will present a two-day workshop series designed for institutions with material-based collections. Staff, volunteers, and students involved in collections care stewardship, policy making, and exhibition development and installation, are encouraged to attend.  BACC is offering two workshops per day to allow participants to select the training topics appropriate to their needs. Cost varies depending upon the number of workshops taken. Student pricing is available.

    Additionally, individuals from qualifying institutions may apply for stipend assistance (please see the Focus on Collections care website for more information).


    The Focus on Collections Care workshops being offered in Eugene are:

    • Care of Collections: Metal Objects
    • Disaster Recovery for Wet Collections: The First 24-48 Hours
    • Care of Collections: Paper
    • Preservation: Policies, Plans and Procedures for Small Museums

    Please visit to view the complete course descriptions and to register, or contact the BACC Field Service Office at

    619.236.9702 or

  • 06 Aug 2015 1:34 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Come join the Tillamook County Historical Society for a walk through Kilchis Point on August 11th at 11 a.m. This special event is in place of our regular meetings, held monthly at the Tillamook Bay Community College at 11 a.m.

    From the Kilchis Point blog: "Kilchis Point Reserve is a pristine 200 acre natural area located along Tillamook Bay in Bay City, Oregon. The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum (TCPM) owns, protects, maintains, and holds this land in the public trust.  The history at Kilchis Point is long, rich and well documented.  There are three sections of interpretive trails that will highlight Flora and Fauna, Native American Heritage, and Pioneer Settlement. An interpretive kiosk, benches, arbor, and native garden are installed at the Trailhead. ...The parking area and trailhead are located at the corner of Warren and Spruce Streets in Bay City, Oregon."

    This area at the mouth of the Kilchis River was the main Native settlement of the Tillamook Indians. Joe C was the first white settler to arrive in Tillamook area and disembarked at Kilchis Point in 1851. The Morning Star of Tillamook, built at Kilchis Point, was the first ship built in Tillamook County and registered in the Oregon Territory. It was launched in the Kilchis River January 5, 1855. The Whitney Lumber Company established a logging headquarters at Kilchis Point and built over one mile of railroad track. Logs were dumped into Kilchis River, then out into Tillamook Bay and rafted to nearby mills.

    Owned by the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, this is a wonderful nature area with approximately two miles of trails; bridges over the creeks, and benches for resting along the way. The paths are well maintained, flat and easy to walk. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the use one of their many picnic tables.


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