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Richard Engeman

Richard H. Engeman
Oregon Rediviva, LLC
8512 SE 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202
Phone: 503-235-9032 
Email: info@oregonrediviva.com
Biography: Richard H. Engeman is a historian of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, with past careers as an archivist and special collections librarian. He was the public historian at the Oregon Historical Society from 2001 to 2006, and has since published The Oregon Companion: an Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane  (Timber Press, 2009) and Eating It Up in Eden: the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Cookbook (White House Grocery Press, 2009).
Lost and Gone: Oregon’s Vanished Built Environment
We have forgotten, or burned, or razed, many wonderful structures, especially vernacular works that were characteristic of the state, such as wooden railroad trestles, lumber mills, Greek revival farmhouses, and homespun schools and courthouses. What should we save, and why does it matter what we throw away?
Fairest and the Best
The story behind the words to the state song, “Oregon, My Oregon,” and the questions that often arise today: are the lyrics racist, or derogatory? Who wrote them, and why?
Oregon History 101
An illustrated, high-level flyover of Oregon's history in 49 illustrations and 49 minutes.

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Melissa Darby

Melissa Darby
Lower Columbia Research & Archaeology
3327 NE Simpson St, Portland Oregon 97211
Melissa Darby is an anthropologist and an archaeologist with over thirty years experience in the field. She can speak on the ethnobiology of the people of the Lower Columbia, a theory relating to Sir Francis Drake landing in Oregon, the architecture of the Northwest Coast People including Kalapuya, Oregon Coast and Chinookan peoples, and on a skillet possibly from the Lewis and Clark. Expedition. Power point presentations with old photographs, maps, drawings and splendid animation. Presentations titles include:
  • Old John’s Skillet: a Lewis and Clark Artifact?
  • Did Francis Drake and the Golden Hind Land at Whale Cove in 1579?
  • Architecture of Oregon Coast Tribes, or Architecture of the Kalapuya, or   Architecture of the Chinookan people

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Kuri Gill

Kuri Gill
Oregon Historic Cemeteries Program Coordinator
Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
725 Summer Street NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-0685
Biography: Kuri Gill is the coordinator for the State Historic Cemeteries Program, supporting individuals and organizations in the preservation and interpretation of Oregon’s historic cemeteries. Kuri earned her BA at the University of Oregon in Art History and MA at California State University, Chico in Museum Studies. She was formerly Curator and Education Coordinator at Mission Mill Museum and worked at the Linn County Historical Museum in Brownsville. Kuri believes strongly that heritage and the arts make for stronger communities. She lives in Springfield with her wonderful son and husband.
Problems and Solutions for Historic Cemeteries
This presentation is a basic overview of issues faced by Oregon’s historic cemeteries and the efforts of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and others to address them.
Project Planning for Easy Grant Writing
A successful grant is all about the having you project well thought out and organized. Learn tips to plan your project and translate it to a well written grant.
The Quick and Dirty (with gloves) of Collections Management
Learn the basic of collections management including policies, record keeping, handling, storage and display.
Reading Markers  in Oregon’s Cemeteries
Explore the carvings and inscriptions found in Oregon cemeteries. The art and language on markers tell a story about faith, tradition and culture of the community. Meanings of common mortuary symbols and indicators of affiliations will be discussed along with other information to be gathered from cemetery markers.
Things to Learn at a Historic Cemetery – Interpretive Ideas and Activities
Get an overview of the vast variety of subjects, topics and activities that can be explored in historic cemeteries. Of course, history is an obvious topic, but not just biographies, mortuary practices, health and nutrition, population and immigration are just a few others. Explore the potential with this fun, interactive presentation.

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Dennis Griffin

Dennis Griffin
State Archaeologist, State Historic Preservation Office
725 Summer Street NE, SuiteC
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-0674
The Evolution of State Laws and their impact to Archaeology in Oregon:
Beginning in 1906 with the passage of the Antiquities Act the Federal government began to recognize and protect sites of cultural importance to our nation. Oregon was one of the first states to follow suit with the passage of its first archaeology law in 1935.  Since the creation of this first statute the history of cultural resource legislation in Oregon has been linked to the issues, lobbies and local events that have helped shape our state. This presentation would help to trace the evolution of cultural resource protection (and thought) in Oregon from the passage of its first archaeological permitting law to the present.

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Robert L. Hamm

Robert L. Hamm
Program Chair
Teacher-preparation Program
University of Phoenix, Oregon Campus
Native Oregonian. Graduated from Rex Putnam High School.  Lewis and Clark College for bachelor and masters degrees. High school  English teacher for 16 years; Assistant principal, 5 years; Director of Personnel for West Linn-Wilsonville School District, 10 years. Two years at headquarters of National Council of Teachers of English. Chautauqua Scholar for Oregon  Council for the Humanities—two different programs.                                                            
“Mapping the West”                                                                        
This program shows original maps collected by the speaker from 1574 (a world map) to 1880s. Cartographers from 16th, 17th, 18th, and early 19th century often just drew in what they thought ought to exist—rivers, lakes, mountains.  For North America the northwest was often labeled “Parts Undiscovered” or “Unknown.” As the idea of Manifest Destiny became part of the national character, territories and states began to form out west, starting with California in 1850 and then Oregon in 1859.
“Becoming Oregon”                                                                          
This program shows the development of Oregon in the 19th century as a far-away, exotic land explored by Lewis and Clark to a territory claimed by Great Britain and the United States, to statehood, and then as a site of a world’s fair. The presenter has collected authentic newspapers, mostly from the East Coast, that have articles about Oregon, in addition to woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and—later in the century—photographs, postcards, and stereopticon cards.                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson
Historian, Oregon National Register and Survey Program
State Historic Preservation Office
725 Summer St NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301
Biography: BA in American History, Washington State University, 2000
BA in Spanish Language and Literature, Washington Sate University 2001
MA in Public History, emphasis in Historic Preservation 2007, Arizona State University
Consultant, Akros Inc, Tempe AZ 2005-2007
Planner on Contract, City of Scottsdale, AZ
Washington Native, lived in Idaho and Arizona
Evaluating National Register Eligibility                                                  
Develop the skills necessary to review National Register nominations and direct survey work. The presentation will incorporate issues of process, significance and integrity.
The History of the Historic Preservation Movement in the United States and Oregon
The presentation highlights the persons and events that led to the rise of one of the longest-lasting movements in American History and how that movement has developed in Oregon.
Listing Historic Districts in the National Register of Historic Places
Learn the basics of listing historic districts in the National Register of Historic Places. Topics include community organization, the National Register process, and how to document historic districts. The presentation may be adapted to fit the needs and interests of the audience.
Oregon State Survey Program                                                         
This presentation may be adapted to a variety of audiences to address how to implement the Oregon survey program to document historic structures and use the Oregon Historic Sites Database.

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Kirk Ranzetta

Kirk E. Ranzetta, Ph.D.
Architectural Historian
1111 E. Burnside St, Suite 302, Portland, OR 97214     
(503) 233-3608

Biography: Ranzetta works for ENTRIX, a mid-size environmental consulting firm founded in 1984 with offices throughout the United States.  The cultural resources practice group is centered in the Pacific Northwest. 
Ranzetta previously served as the Review and Compliance Coordinator for the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) as well as SHPO’s Survey and National Register Coordinator working to streamline reviews of federal projects, develop survey methodologies for community or compliance-oriented architectural survey projects and provided technical reviews of National Register nominations.  Ranzetta was a sole proprietor who conducted architectural surveys, prepared a county historic preservation plan, facilitated public meetings, and completed National Register nominations. 
Ranzetta has published articles for local, national and international journals and presented academic papers on a variety of cultural resource topics.  He is an adjunct assistant professor in the Historic Preservation program at the University of Oregon and Washington State University-Vancouver. 

A Citizen’s Guide to Section 106:  Getting the Most from Consultation with Federal and State Agencies   In Oregon, nearly 2500 federal projects occur each year that have the possibility of affecting historic properties. This presentation provides an in-depth understanding of the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act process so that individuals can more effectively extend their voice in the conservation of historic resources on federal lands or in their very own neighborhoods. The presentation provides both practitioners and neighborhood/community activists alike with the tools necessary to express concern about federal impacts to historic resources, engage in productive negotiation and consultation strategies, and positively contribute to the collaborative Section 106 process.                   

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Nancy Nelson

Nancy Nelson, M.A., R.P.A.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Archaeologist
725 Summer Street NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-0578
Biography: Nancy has been the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) archaeologist since 2006 and is responsible for the management of archaeological resources in all OPRD properties.  She has a Master’s degree in anthropology from Oregon State University and her undergraduate studies were at the University of Oregon in anthropology; both degrees with an emphasis in pre-contact archaeology, specifically Oregon Coast archaeology.  During her education, she assisted the Coquille Indian Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indian on cultural resource projects.  Nancy worked for the Yakama Nation as their archaeologist in the Yakama Nation’s forest.  Also, from 2002-2006, she was the Cultural Resources Manager for the Ak-Chin Indian Community in Arizona.
State and Federal Laws
An overview of the state and federal archaeological laws.
Site Stewardship
Information and guidance on becoming a site steward as well as general archaeological site stewardship methodology.
Archaeological Damage Assessment and Crime Scene Investigation
Learn how to conduct an archaeological damage assessment.  Also, learn how to conduct a crime scene investigation for future testimony in Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) cases.
Pacific Northwest Archaeology
An overview of Pacific Northwest pre-contact site types, associated artifacts and archaeological features.
Oregon Coast Pre-Contact Archaeology
An overview of Oregon coast pre-contact site types, associated artifacts and archaeological features.
Working with Native Americans
  • Trust responsibility-understanding the federal government’s responsibilities to Indian Nations.
  • Government-to-government consultation-defining meaningful consultation
  • Treaty rights-understanding the rights of tribes with treaties or executive orders
  • Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)-understanding the inventory and repatriation process, and the federal government’s Section 3 responsibilities.

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Tracy J. Prince

Dr. Tracy J. Prince
Portland State University's Portland Center for Public Humanities
Phone:  503-475-6080
email:  tprince@pdx.edu

Biography: Tracy J. Prince is the author of Portland's Goose Hollow, Culture Wars in British Literature and co-author of Portland's Slabtown. A featured speaker on "Native American Art of Oregon" for two years for Oregon Humanities, she has spent her career teaching and writing about race, gender and social equity issues, and has taught Native American literature and art for two decades.

Native American Art of Oregon
There were many differences between tribes in Oregon and tribes in Washington, British Columbia and Alaska. This slides show demonstrates how historically Oregon's tribes experessed artistry via basketry; canoes; longhouses; beadwork on clothing, necklaces, headdress and cradlboards; burial platforms and rock art.
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Frank Peters

Frank Peters
Unicorns and Rainbow
609 SE Taylor St., #219
Portland OR

Biography: Frank "The Flake" Peters was the manager of the infamous Portland Mavericks minor league baseball team and a leading light in the film documentary about the team that was featured on NetFlix. His career has included participating on a Final Four contendent in basketball, a professional baseball career that covered 10 seasons, including five in the AAA category; a bar and restaurant owner for 40 years, and a campaign for Oregon governor.

We Put the Balls Back in the Game
The Portland Mavericks independent minor league baseball team played for five years during the 1970s. Its antics helped earn it the nickname of the "Battered Bastards of Baseball. Peters managed the team for two seasons.

The Ninth Inning of Life
Peters talks about his career as an athlete, business owner and politician.


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