By Daren Doss
We have owned Alderbrook Station, the last intact netshed on the lower Columbia River, for over 10 years. The roof had always leaked and was getting worse to the point of emergency, but the task to replace it was daunting. Finding the Preserving Oregon Grant gave us both the financial assistance and support of confidence that we needed to tackle this important project and continue to save the building.
We had to be very smart about how to use the money so that any modifications gave us the most long term weather protection with the least physical change to the appearance and character of the original building. In addition to repairing leaky portions of the upper torchdown roof, we replaced about 2,700 square feet of corrugated roofing with a material that was like-for-like. We opted to add a plywood substrate as another water barrier and further strengthen the building structurally against the strong winds it must endure. Finding a compatible fiberglass skylight panel infill was challenging, but we managed to install 4 new skylights in a better configuration than what was existing. Consequentially, the natural daylight inside the netshed is a vast improvement and has made working in it much more enjoyable.
It has been a year now since we did this project, and the roof replacement and repair has held up very nicely. The inside of the netshed is dry and the interior wood material/structure is protected from rot for many years to come.
Maintaining these old buildings is an arduous and never-ending job, not to mention very expensive. The Preserving Oregon Grant is a very important resource to us as other financial models do not apply in up-keeping a building that is not a commercial enterprise. Without this grant, this project would not have been possible for us. Thank you!
Daren Doss is the owner of chadbourne + doss architects in Seattle, Washington and Astoria, Oregon. View more photos of Alderbrook Station at www.chadbournedoss.com
It’s Thanksgiving, and here at Oregon Heritage, we’re thankful for a lot! So much in fact that we’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons why we’re thankful.
1. People who support local heritage. We’re thankful for the people actually doing the work of keeping Oregon’s heritage vibrant. This includes volunteers at heritage organizations, our Certified Local Governments, Main Street organizations, Heritage All-Star communities, and everyone else who gets in there to get the job done. Thank you!
2. People who give money to support local heritage. Heritage organizations need money to do work and we’re thankful for those that do donate. We’re talking about the people who donate $10, $20, or become members of their local heritage organization. Their donations really do add up to make a big impact.
3. Local businesses that embrace Oregon heritage. These are businesses that adopt local heritage places, events, or names in their company name or logo; fix-up old buildings to use as their place of business; or whose products reflect the local heritage of our state. It’s easy to see what makes these businesses so great.
4. Heritage resources that make Oregon special. We all know and feel Oregon heritage when we experience it: Timberline Lodge, the Jacksonville Cemetery, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Paul Bunyan Statue, the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum, Tamastskilt Cultural Institute, the State Fair, the Yaquina Bay Bridge, the Brownsville Pioneer Picnic and so many more. We’re thankful that these resources are everywhere and surround us every day!
5. Places listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Oregon has nearly 2,000 places listed in the National Register! All of them reflect Oregon’s diverse, unique, and at times, off-beat heritage. One recent example is the Petersen Rock Garden, built in the 1930s-1950s by Danish immigrant Rasmus Christian Petersen. How cool is that?! This roadside attraction has been popular for decades and is now seeking volunteers and donations to help with repairs and on-going maintenance.
6. Commission and board members who provide guidance about Oregon heritage. This includes state commissions and boards, such as the Oregon Heritage Commission, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, and the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council. This also includes the dozens of boards for heritage organizations and local historic review in the state. Thank you for your work!
7. The Oregon Cultural Trust. Heritage is one of the key areas supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust. The Trust provides direct funds to five cultural partners, three of which are heritage organizations: the Oregon Historical Society, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the Oregon Heritage Commission. They also provide direct funds to Oregon’s 45 county and tribal Cultural Coalitions. In turn, these coalitions award local grants in their communities to support Oregon’s cultural and heritage!
8. Our statewide partners that support Oregon heritage. Because we can’t do it alone! Our statewide partners include the Oregon Museums Association, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Restore Oregon, Oregon Humanities, the Oregon State Archives, the Oregon State Library, the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Library Association, and Northwest Archivists. Thank you for your help!
9. The Oregon Heritage MentorCorps. If you haven’t heard, Oregon Heritage received a federal grant to provide training and services to Oregon’s museums, archives, and libraries! One of these services is the Oregon Heritage MentorCorps. The MentorCorps is a group of volunteers trained in collections care, disaster preparedness and response – and a whole lot of other areas – willing and ready to help our heritage organizations! The MentorCorps will officially launch in January.
10. The Oregon Heritage Conference. The Oregon Heritage Conference brings together all of the people who love and work with Oregon’s heritage. The conference is purposely designed to be interdisciplinary and focuses on all sectors of heritage, such as historic preservation, museums, local and state government, archives, and libraries. By bringing together everyone in one place, we can begin to realize that our work is all interconnected, that we have similar problems, and, can create better solutions together. For this year’s conference, we’re so thankful for our partners in Albany for their networking and creative ideas – the conference will be a blast! Join us April 23-25, 2014 in downtown Albany!
Check out all the things we’re involved in at www.oregonheritage.org.
It’s that time of year again to nominate a person, organization, or project for an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award! Now in its eighth year, the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize those who do outstanding work on behalf of Oregon’s heritage. This includes work in the fields of museums, archives, and libraries, archaeology, historic preservation, education, and any other heritage-related field.
A few last year’s recipients include:
Don Ivy: an elder of the Coquille Indian Tribe and former Vice Chair of the Oregon Heritage Commission, isknown state-wide for his successful initiatives expanding the awareness, understanding, appreciation and interest in the preservation of traditional cultures and culturally important sites.
- Oregon Archaeology: When archaeologists need information about Oregon’s early human history there’s a good chance they reach for the book, Oregon Archaeology. The book includes 58 pages of citations, and has become the authoritative text of Oregon’s deep human history. With text that is accessible but also thorough, Oregon Archaeology is also a valuable reference for students, educators, and the general public.
- Oregon Nikkei Endowment: The power of a truly community-based exhibition cannot be underestimated. This is what the Oregon Nikkei Endowment strove to accomplish when an exhibition about what happened to Oregon’s Nikkei population after World War II was proposed in 2010. Up until that point, Oregon Nikkei’s focus had been on immigration and community-building leading up to the war, and the devastating history of forced removal and incarceration of the entire West Coast Nikkei population during the war.
- Oregon City Willamette River Bridge: Instead of this bridge project devastating downtown Oregon City, the city took advantage of the bridge closure to address many infrastructure problems in its historic downtown. Business owners also got on board and many of them restored and rehabilitated their storefronts. When the bridge re-opened in October 2012 to a weekend of festivities, both the bridge and Oregon City were newly restored.
Nominations are due January 13, 2014. Get more info at www.oregonheritage.org.
By Andrea Pittman
Did you know that Independence, Oregon was at one time known as the Hop Capitol of the World? The rich alluvial soil on the farms surrounding Independence made it perfect for growing the climbing hop plant for nearly a century, from the 1860s through the 1950s. In recent years hop farming has come back and there are several farms in the area as well as breweries and pubs. Hops are most commonly used as a bittering or flavoring agent in beer.
Due to a generous Oregon Heritage Grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission, in partnership with the Polk County Cultural Coalition, the Independence Heritage Museum has just finished a set of eight exhibit panels that tell the story of hops in our community over the decades. From transportation, to ethnic diversity, to the hop production process, people will learn how hops affected this community. In addition, six panels were printed that each have an old newspaper page related to the Independence-area hop industry. For example one headline from the Morning Oregonian, July 12, 1912, reads “Independence: Live Town in Heart of Rich Country–fertile soil, ideal climate and ready market combine to attract homeseekers to Willamette Valley City.”
Four sets of these panels were ordered: one for the museum to display, one for the museum to use for local events, one for the museum to loan out, and one permanently displayed on the columns by the amphitheater. For more information the panels direct the inquisitive to the Heritage Museum and/or the “Extended Information” portion of the museum’s website.
Because of the Oregon Heritage Grant, we were able to enlist the layout and printing services of the Imagine Group in Eugene. Jon Bogart did a great job and was very patient with our many edits; we kept sending him “final drafts” and he would send proofs and we’d send another set of edits and on and on! Finally we bit the bullet and gave them the go-ahead to print.
Our hope is that both visitors to Independence and its citizens will view the panels and better appreciate this small community we call home.
Andrea Pittman is the Independence Heritage Museum Assistant.
The Peter French Round Barn in Oregon’s Harney County was chosen as the first site for the University of Oregon’s Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School in 1995. Serving as chair of Restore Oregon’s Heritage Barn Taskforce, my passion for igniting barn preservation efforts across the state kept me on the lookout for hands-on experiences to help laterally benefit our underserved rural historic resources. When it was announced that the 2013 Field School would take place at the c. 1930s Comstock Barn in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve on Whidbey Island, Washington, I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t miss. I am grateful to have received an Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship to attend the session on Vernacular Farmstead Preservation.
The Comstock Barn was originally built to house sheep, but was later converted to a squash storage building. The structure was remodeled to suit this purpose by re-siding the entire interior facade to board-up the windows while adding wood shavings as insulation to maintain climate control. The current owner of the barn is interested in adaptively reusing the structure as a potential community event space, and one of the preservation priorities was to re-open the windows.
Graduate students and participants learned traditional methods of restoring wooden window frames, joinery and glazing. The original cedar shake roof of the barn had been severely compromised over time, and previous field work sessions took off existing shakes down to the skip sheathing, which remained in remarkably sound condition. Cedar shingles were chosen by the owner for new installation in an attempt to retain as much of the historic integrity of the barn as possible. Previously sustained water damage also required new joist members to be replaced under the second story hayloft. New flooring was installed once the joists and framing were repaired and secured.
In addition to receiving the wealth of first-hand preservation trades practice and training the Field School is known for, a wide-variety of evening presentations complemented the educational experience. Lectures included discussion on the vernacular architecture of the American West, stories of Ebey’s Landing historical events, and information on Washington’s Preservation Plan. Several tours to historic farm sites around the Reserve were also included.
For as enriching as the week was with respect to the technical craft of preservation, the most compelling lesson I took away from this week was the story of how Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve came to be and how it’s maintained today. Congress created the Reserve as a direct result of grass roots organizing by community members in the 1970s to stop the spread of housing development that would have destroyed the open spaces, farmland and viewshed essential to the settlement history and rural character of Ebey’s Prairie. The protection of land and historic sites on the Prairie is a joint collaborative effort between the nearby town of Coupeville, Island County, Washington State Parks and the National Park Service. The cooperation of these members exemplifies the spirit of mutual participation that rural preservation relies upon in order to develop successful heritage models.
Gina Drew is the chair of Restore Oregon’s Heritage Barn Taskforce and a 2013 Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship recipient.
Apply for an Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship! The next round of applications is due December 2, 2013. Get the details at http://www.oregonheritage.org.
By Kelly Cannon-Miller
There have been many interactive technologies come and go for museums. The moment cell phones became more than just phones was defining for the future of the museum-to-visitor interface. Your visitor kindly walked through the door with a mobile device in their pocket or purse! In addition, the combination of smart phones and social media allows visitors to become your best marketers by posting/tweeting/pinning their activities during their visit to a museum or while attending a museum event.
Thanks to grant funding from the Oregon Heritage Commission, the Deschutes County Historical Society took the plunge into the “mobile app” pool. At first, the seeming limitlessness of a mobile app spun images of best-mobile-app-ever-invented in our heads. Museum staff routinely ask themselves key development questions when planning new exhibits and programs—who are we hoping to attract, how do we want them to use this, what do we want them to learn? The new challenge lies in matching desired outcomes to the properties of a good mobile app.
The new Bend Heritage Walk mobile app for iPhone and Android devices provides a personal tour of some of downtown Bend’s landmarks historical sites. The app features audio narration describing the historic site, a written narrative for those who prefer to read, and historical photographs for each site. GPS capability guides the user to the next location. Additional information includes seek and find hints, links to current businesses operating at the historical sites, and other things to do along the way. On the About Us button, users learn about the Deschutes County Historical Society, see links to our YouTube channel, and can find out about the Oregon Heritage Commission. All along the route, users can “check-in” on Facebook, hopefully drawing in new users.
Our mission with the Bend Heritage Walk mobile app is to provide an interpretive experience in downtown Bend and encourage museum visitation. Using the app, individuals can view historic photographs of the place before them, and hopefully that will tempt locals as much as tourists. The desire to add more information still lingers, with a growing list of “next year when we update …” line items. Most importantly, user feedback on this first-time program will inform us in creating improvements and additions as we move more fully into the world of digital interactive programs.
Kelly Cannon-Miller is the Executive Director of the Deschutes County Historical Society
By Kylie Pine
The public buildings are so arranged in the heart of Salem as to form a magnificent civic center. – 1913 Salem City Directory
I often give presentations to clubs around Salem about what the city looked like 100 years ago. I start showing pictures of the six buildings that made up what the 1913 City Directory described as the nucleus of the city and ask if anyone can identify them. Of the three still standing, only two are in their original location and only one is used for its original purpose. At the last presentation I gave no one could identify any of the buildings from the city’s “magnificent civic center.” I was shocked at how fast the memory of these buildings had faded in just a few short years.
Change happens. None of us want our communities to stall or become stagnant. At the same time, changes in the historic landscape have a direct impact on our community memory and identity. The loss of some of our “magnificent civic center” makes the remaining buildings and the work of individuals and organizations that work to preserve and protect them even more important.
Despite some losses, there have been many throughout the city’s history that have recognized the importance of preserving the historic fabric of our community. In addition to our work here at the Willamette Heritage Center, A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village, Historic Deepwood Estate, Bush House Museum, the Oregon State Hospital Museum, and the Forest History Museum have helped preserve buildings and environments from a large cross-section of our collective history. In addition to preserving the fabric of our community, these organizations interpret the stories of its people and provide an economic boost to the area through heritage tourism.
Kylie Pine works at the Willamette Heritage Center and with the Oregon State Hospital Museum, both in Salem.
How many of these Salem buildings do you recognize?
By Kelly Haverkate
Dayton, Oregon is a small city of about 2,500 people and the main downtown business block is comprised of six unreinforced masonry buildings. As with most early western towns, this block is the result of reconstruction after a 1906 fire that burned this area. The brick construction was actually due to a city ordinance, requiring all buildings be masonry.
Over the last four years, this block has seen some significant facade improvements, thanks in part to the Dayton Community Development Association working with Oregon Main Street, the City of Dayton and the Certified Local Government (CLG) Program, and to the Diamonds in the Rough grant offered by the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office.
The Harris Building is one of these structures and has undergone perhaps the most comprehensive facade restoration. Because this building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the owner qualified for and received a grant from the City of Dayton in the amount of $4,500 as a matching CLG grant to be used for the cleaning, repointing and repair of the brick in the facade.
The owner was then faced with the decision of simply “tidying up” the altered facade, or taking it apart and reconstructing it to appear as it did originally in 1912. The ability to apply for, and receive the Diamonds in the Rough grant made the difference in that decision. The project received $10,000 toward the restoration of the window portion of the lower facade. The total project was completed at a cost of approximately $150,000.
As a result of the positive work on the Harris Building (and two others who did some facade restoration with the help of matching CLG grants) three other downtown property owners chose to — on their own — paint and clean up their buildings. There are two buildings left in the block that have recently been purchased and will be undergoing their own restorations soon, thus creating a whole new/old look for Downtown Dayton!
Kelly Haverkate is the Program Manager for the Dayton Community Development Association (DCDA). Dayton is a Certified Local Government with Oregon’s State Historic Preservation Office and is part of the Oregon Main Street network.
By Michelle Durant
Oregon’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), part of the Oregon Heritage, awarded the Fremont-Winema National Forest the full $20,000 Preserving Oregon Grant in 2011 to assist in the rehabilitation of the old Bly Ranger Station office building, located on Highway 140 in Bly, Oregon. This preservation grant was the first ever heritage grant between the State of Oregon and the U.S. Forest Service, in Region 6 (Oregon and Washington).
The Bly Ranger Station is a great example of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workmanship. The CCC, under the supervision of the Forest Service, constructed the Bly Ranger Station compound between 1936 and 1942. The old office building was built in 1936. The compound was later placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 and is considered to have national significance.
With the grant money and a community partner, the Bly Community Action Team, the Forest was able to restore the interior of the main floor of the structure to near its original design while simultaneously
bringing the building up to current building standards and making it ADA accessible.
The Station has stood as a constant within the community. The old office is a beautiful building and an object of pride. It has and will continue to play a significant role in the historical development of the local community because of support provided by the SHPO and the Preserving Oregon Grant.
Michelle Durant is an Archaeologist with the Fremont-Winema National Forest.
By Bill Flood
Clackamas County is well known as the end of the Oregon Trail, home to Mt. Hood, and the Willamette Falls on the Willamette River. Now Clackamas County Tourism has contracted with Write to Know consultants Kathi Jaworski, Bill Flood, and Chris Bell to identify key local cultural/heritage assets and develop strategies for increasing the number and overnight visits of heritage travelers to the county.
As input for such strategies, we are updating the existing heritage tourism database, identifying what really makes places and people in the County unique and interesting to visitors, and seeking out model case studies from similar counties and communities — anywhere in the world. We would really appreciate hearing from others about successful heritage tourism case studies – examples of other communities and municipalities (especially rural/suburban ones) that have organized local resources in a new way, resulting in increased visitors and support for heritage assets. Since Clackamas County has many outdoor recreational assets as well, we are particularly interested in examples that connect heritage tourism with outdoor recreation or other niche activities.
If you have any ideas, please email email@example.com as soon as possible. Thanks!
Bill Flood is a community cultural development consultant in Portland.