Northwest Archivists Annual Meeting
Oregon Heritage Conference
Salem, Oregon April 26-28, 2012
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All events at the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. SE,
Wednesday, April 25
Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries
1:00 - 4:00 p.m., 725 Summer St. NE, Room 124
7 p.m. “To Catch A Thief”
Watch a classic movie in a historic theatre! Opened in 1926 and placed on the National Register in 1994, the Elsinore Theatre will host a showing of Alfred Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief" starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Get you drink and popcorn, sit back and enjoy this 1955 classic. Ellis F. Lawrence, who later became the founding dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Oregon, was the principal architect for this Tudor Gothic structure that is located just a block away from the conference hotel. Its restoration during the past decade is a highlight of historic downtown Salem. Tickets will be available at the door for only $5.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
9 am - 2:30 pm Northwest Digital Archives Committee Meeting
9 am Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Department of Education Board Room, 255 Capitol St. NE
2:30 - 4:00 pm Northwest Digital Archives Steering Team
4:00 - 5:00 pm NWA Board Meeting
4:00 - 5:00 pm Northwest Oral Historians Annual Meeting
Workshops All workshops are included in the cost of the 3-day (regular) conference registration rate. Workshops are not included in the cost of the Friday-only registration rate.
Please note "Preparing the Ground for a Bountiful Crop" is a full-day workshop. The workshops are half-day. You may register for two of the half-day workshops.
"Preparing the Ground for a Bountiful Crop: Long Range Planning Workshop" 9:00 - 4:00 (lunch on own Noon-1:00)
The session will start off with the goods you get from the process and value of actually using and following a plan. A framework for creating a plan will follow including: who needs to be at the table, what the components of a plan are, how to have the conversations, format for a simple document you can refer to regularly. The plan model will address fundraising, community engagement, partnership and collaboration building, and legacy.Half-day Workshops
Presenter: Jerry Ostermiller, former executive director of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, former president of the National Coast Guard Museum, and member of accreditation teams.
Morning workshops"Using Social Media as a Tool for Innovation and Collaboration in Your Communications Effort" 9:00 - 12:30
Organizations that have no or limited social media activity will leave this interactive session with a better understanding of the purposes of social media, how they can fit within the goals and resources of the organization, and how to develop social media efforts. Learn from a communication pro who works with small and large organizations with a variety of missions. An abridged version of the book "Secrets for Successful Social Media Marketing" will be provided as a download. A private site containing follow up information for seminar attendees is also included. "Creating Order to Your Collection Through Deaccessioning" 9:00 - Noon
Presenter: John Hope-Johnstone, Chief Strategist and Head Instructor for HPR Internet Marketing and Social Media Seminars, A Governor's Tourism Award Winner
A collections policy makes life sweet. A clear policy supports staff and volunteers in making the best possible acquisition and collections care choices. It protects museum or cultural organizations, as well as encourages ethical and professional handling of collections. THis workshop will address all of the sections of a collections policy, with an emphasis on the deaccession process. You'll leave with a draft policy and good tips for your deaccession project.
Presenter: Vicki Wiese, Collections Manager, Coos County Historical Society
"Remembering the Columbus Day Storm: Tips on Implementing Your Disaster Preparedness Plan" 1:00 - 4:00
Do you have your plan on the shelf collecting dust? Time to pull it out and put it into action! Enjoy a walk down memory land on the 50th anniversary of the Columbus Day storm with the compilers of Columbus Day Storm 1962 Memories. Follow that up with ideas for prioritizing components of your plan, gather resources, building relationships and handling the disaster aftermath.
Presenters: Betty Plude, chairperson, Friends of Independence Public Library; Cathy Galbraith, Architectural Heritage Center; MJ Koreiva, Umpqua River Lighthouse; Peggy Smith, Director, Independence Heritage Museum.
"Strengthening Preservation Series" 1:00 - 4:00 (segments are described below)
1:00-1:55 "Tackling a Building Restoration Project: A Contractor's Perspective"
What makes a successful restoration project? This presentation by Richard DeWolf, owner of Arciform LLC, will take you through the restoration process and highlight key components to success. Starting with a good plan, accurate architectural plans, and a trusted preservation specialist are some of the essential ingredients. You will learn how to create a plan, set realistic expectations, source obtainable materials, and develop a contingency plan for unexpected costs and a long-term maintenance plan.
2:00-2:55 "Seismic Retrofitting for Homes in the Pacific Northwest"
Steve Gemmell, owner of Earthquake Tech, talks about seismic retrofitting and all its components: why you would retrofit, what to look for in retrofitting old homes, potential costs, and general insurance requirements.
3:00-3:55 "Growing Support for Historic Preservation in the Capitol City"
Salem's heritage community grew from early efforts to preserve specific buildings and places. It has spawned a variety of preservation- and history-oriented institutions, including the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill, Deepwood Estate, and Bush House, as well as the city's preservation and downtown redevelopment programs. This presentation will discuss how the birth and growth took place and its ongoing development amid continuing political, economic and social challenges. Take home tips that you can use to strengthen preservation efforts in our community.
Presenters: Kimberli Fitzgerald, Senior Historic Planner, City of Salem; Ian Johnson, Chair, Salem Historic Landmarks Commission; and staff of Salem's Urban Development Department.
Tour 4:00 pm:
- "Historic District Walking Tour (begins at the Information and Registration Table)
- Salem's Downtown Historic District displays the community's ongoing efforts to identify, preserve, and profitably rehabilitate its historic core. This one-hour walk will highlight the district's unique historic persons and places, and feature preservation success stories. Participants will learn how National Register listing served as a springboard for owners to take advantage of federal and state grants and tax programs, city rehabilitation funds, and ongoing efforts to interpret and market the district as a unique destination.
- "Oregon State Archives" 4:00 - 5:00 pm
- Take a tour of Oregon's State Archives Building nearby with archives manager Layne Sawyer. The Archives Division, established in 1947, houses and provides access to the permanently valuable records of Oregon government. Oldest documents includes records of the provisional and territorial government and the Oregon Constitution. (located 800 Summer St. NE)
Welcoming Reception at the Oregon State Archives 5:30 - 7:00
(800 Summer St. NE)
Join your friends for drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the Oregon State Archives. Enjoy its current exhibit and tours during this event. Secretary of State Kate Brown is scheduled to attend. Beginning at 5:15 p.m., buses will ferry conferees from the Salem Conference to the State Archives and back. Special guest: Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Welcome and Morning Plenary 9:00 - 10:00
"Making History: Yesterday and Today"
Members of the Century of Action will talk about how they have involved people in celebrating 100 years of Oregon's women's right to vote in 2012 and advancing the understanding of women's citizenship in Oregon's history. Wearing a "Votes for Women" sash is optional for this breakfast plenary.
Presenters: Eliza Canty-Jones, Editor, Oregon Historical Quarterly; Anna M. Peterson, Mayor of Salem
Break 10:00 - 10:30
Take a break and enjoy a special session dedicated to poster displays created by both archives and heritage professionals and students. Posters will showcase research, internships, projects, reports, and exhibits submitters have contributed to or are currently working on.
- "The Cross-Search and Context Utility: Presenting Digital Objects in Collection Context." Jodi Allison-Bunnell, Program Manager, Northwest Digital Archives
- "Uncovering Hidden Archives and Manuscript Collections." Cassie Schmitt, Archivist, University of Oregon Libraries; Tanya Parlet, NHPRC Project Archivist, University of Oregon Libraries
- "Shall We Dance?" Ingrid Ockert, Archives Student Assistant, Oregon State University; Kelsey Ockert, Archives Student Assistant, Oregon State University; Karl McCreary, Collections Archivist, Oregon State University
- "Alaskero Synergy: Interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to research and outreach as practiced by the Alaskero Partnership Organizers (APO)." Mariecris Gatlabayan, Assistant Professor in Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska, Anchorage
- "Oregon Explorer: Bringing It All Together - Natural Resources & Communities." Ruth Vondracek, Oregon Explorer Librarian, Oregon State University
- "Innovation for Digitization: Minimal Work Effect for Maximum Results." Katrina Burch, MLIS student, San Jose Sate University; Mark O'English, University Archivist, Washington State University
- "Digital Document Library: The Gay Rights Movement and the City of Seattle during the 1970s." Jonathan King, MLIS Student, University of Washington and volunteer at the Seattle Municipal Archives
Morning Sessions 10:30 - noon
Session 1: Telling the Story: Using Your Organizational Mission, Vision and Goals to Raise Money.
When public funding is scarce, and earned revenue is not part of your organization's goals being able to generate contributed income in the form of individual donations is the future for many nonprofits. This workshop will work with participants to create organizational narrative, highlighting their mission, vision and goals with the end goal of generating contributed income. Working together and in small groups, participants will discuss best practices in generating annual solicitation letters, regular communications with donors and website presence to develop, elicit and maintain relationships with individual donors.
Kimberly Howard, Manager, Oregon Cultural Trust
Session 2: "Oregon Chinese Disinterment Documents: A Collaborative Effort to Share an Untold Story"
In early 2010, Oregon Public Broadcasting received an anonymous donation that contained documents pertaining to the 1949 disinterment and shipment of Chinese immigrant remains from Portland to Hong Kong. Panelists will discuss the documents, the history of the disinterment, and the collaborative effort of OPB, the Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, the Portland State University Archives, and the Oregon Multicultural Archives to research the materials, digitize them, and make them available to the public.
Presenters: Tom Banse, Public Radio Regional Correspondent, OPB/Northwest News Network; Marcus Lee, Head of CCBA History Museum and Archives, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association; Cristine Paschild, Head of Special Collections & University Archivist, Portland State University Library Special Collections; Natalia Fernandez, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, Oregon Multicultural Archives at Oregon State University
Chair: Larry Landis, Oregon State Univeristy
Session 3 : What do I do with this?! Conundrums in the Collection
Is there something odd in your collection: an object or document without a record, identification or even a location? How do you determine what to do? Collections managers, registrars and archivists will present case studies on the conundrum they have faced and field questions from the audience on issues from their own collections. The presenters will offer essential information for collections large and small, new and old. They will look at the problems of old loans, undocumented objects found in collections, items lost in inventory, and more, as well as work with session participants to brainstorm guidelines on how to keep problems from occurring in the first place.
Presenters: Kathleen Daly, Museum Technician,Oregon Military Museum; Mary McRobinson, University Archivist, Willamette University; Kylie Pine, Collections Manager, Willamette Heritage Center; and Oregon State Hospital Museum; Jeff Smith, Columbia River Maritime Museum
Chair: Ellie Letterman, Montana Historical Society
Session 4: What Do You Remember?: Community History, Memory, and the Archival Record
Two researchers involved in community history projects discuss how individual and collective memory often runs counter to the historical record.
Presenters: Jeana Woolley, President of JM Wolley & Associates; Tanya Lyn March, PhD, historic researcher and educator
Chair: Brian Johnson, City of Portland Archives & Records Management
Luncheon Plenary with Guest Speaker Dr. Robert Sutton, chief historian of the National Parks Service Noon - 1:30
Dr. Robert K. Sutton, Chief Historian, National Park Service. Sutton began his career in the Pacific Northwest at places like Fort Stevens, Fort Vancouver, Pullman and Salem. Now, the leader of history efforts at the National Park Service, Sutton is on the front edge of one of the nation's leading history organization.
Sutton was involved with the restoration efforts at Fort Stevens State park, and performed a number of cultural resource surveys for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. He obtained his PhD from Washington State University in 1984. With the exception of teaching for four years in the public history program at Arizona State University, Sutton has worked in a succession of posts for the NPS for the past 30 years. From 1995-2007, he was superintendent of the Manassas National Battlefield Park.
Dr. Robert Sutton
Early Afternoon Sessions 1:30 - 3:00
Session 5: "Sprouting the Interest of Tomorrow's Historians: Case Studies for Engaging Youth in Heritage"
Examine three approaches that have successfully engaged youth in history and heritage. Technology, access and organization are some of the methods that proved fruitful with a 4H after school program in Umatilla County, local history curriculum for elementary students in Hillsboro and Washington State History Day program.
Presenters: Patricia Dawson, Professor of Youth Development, Oregon State University; Stefanie Baker, Second Grade Teacher, Hillsboro City View Charter School; and Rachel Lilley, Archivist, Montana Historical Society
Moderator: Irene Zenev, Executive Director, Benton County Historical Museum
Session 6: "Tales from the Digital Frontier: Stories of Inspiration, Progress, and Cannibalism"
Archivists and other cultural heritage workers are responding in many ways to the challenges and opportunities associated with creating, collecting, managing, preserving, and providing access to digital materials. During lightning talks (2-5 minutes each), panelists will present the everyday work they are doing, projects they are involved in, or other matters related to digital collections, digital archives, digital preservation, and access mechanisms. Simultaneously, a live visualization of the connections between presentation topics will take place via a second screen projection. Similarities in relation to strategies, tools, collections, subjects etc., will be highlighted via this live mapping. The goal of this exercise is to spark discussion and potential collaboration by illustrating the relationships between individuals, projects and institutions.
Presenters: Sam Meister, Digital Archivist, University of Montana; Jenny Mundy, Electronic Records Management Analyst, Multnomah County Records Management and Archives; Lindsay Prescott Zaborowski, Project Manager, Washington County Heritage Online; Kira B. Homo, Electronic Records Archivist, University of Oregon; Mark O'English, University Archivist, Washington State University; Teresa Montgomery, Digital Projects Librarian, Southern Oregon University; Mary Jane Cedar Face, Collection Development and Special Collections Librarian, Southern Oregon University; Debbie Bahn, Electronic Records Archivist, Washington State Archives; and Jodie Foley, Montana Historical Society
Chair: Sam Meister, Digital Archivist, University of Montana
Session 7: "Bridges to Everywhere: Recent Historic Rehabilitation in Oregon"
This session will include an overview of the nationally-recognized highway bridge program created by Conde B. McCullough in the 1920s and 1930s. It will also put a spotlight on recent efforts to restore two of his 1920s arches: The Rogue River (Rock Point) and the Willamette River (Oregon City).
Presenters: Robert Hadlow, Senior Historian; Chris Bell, Cultural Resources Program; Benjamin Tang, Bridge Preservation Manager; and Chris Leedham, Designer; all from the Department of Transportation
Session 8: "Challenges in Discovering the New Land of Archival Research"
Historian Lorraine McConaghy visited more than three dozen archives throughout Washington to research a single-volume history of the territory and state, shown through 400 documents. She hoped to crate an engaging "exhibit between book-covers" that explored territorial and state history. Each document is identified by a citation in the endnotes, directing the reader to its source. Four archivists will respond with their repository's experience with this project and its aftermath.
Presenters: Lorraine McConaghy, Pubic Historian, Seattle Museum of History and Industry; Candace Lein-Hayes, Regional Liaison, National Archives and Records Administration in Seattle; Megan Carlisle, Collections Manager, Eastside Heritage Center; and Mike Saunders, Regional Archivist, Washington State Archives
Chair: Lorraine McConaghy, Seattle Museum of History and Industry
Break 3:00 - 3:30
Take a break and enjoy a special session dedicated to poster displays created by both archives and heritage professionals and students. posters will showcase research, internships, projects, reports, and exhibits submitters have contributed to or are currently working on.
Late Afternoon Sessions 3:30 - 5:00
Session 9: "Collaboration Produces a Hefty Harvest"
As organizations get smarter and resources get tighter, organizations are discovering the multitude of benefits from collaboration. Learn from some examples of successful collaborations to learn how to pick your partners and work with them. From state agency and tribal collaboration to organizational mergers you will get a wide array of ideas to take away.
Presenters: Kurt Roedel, Oregon Department of Transportation; Chris Bell, Cultural Resource Program Coordinator, Oregon Department of Transportation; Shawna Gandy, Oregon Historical Society; and Kris Kern, Portland State University
Moderator: Jon Tullis, Director of Public Affairs, Timberline Lodge
Session10: "Take Three: Creating Dynamic Public Programming via Documentaries, Public Broadcasting and Film"
Learn about the experiences of the independent filmmaker, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and The Archaeology Channel and their interactions with the archives and heritage professions to create dynamic public programming materials. Topics include how programming is chosen, how audiences are changing, how materials are presented to audiences (film, television, and streaming online), how research is conducted, and what decisions go into creating energetic, interesting programs. Clips from their current projects will be shown.
Also: please join filmmaker Mike Turner for a pubic viewing of the documentary on Saturday. see http://www.facebook.com/events/325829574145746 for more information.
Presenters: Mike Turner, Filmmaker, GeerCrest Farm and Historical Society; Kami Horton, Documentary Producer, Oregon Pubic Broadcasting; Richard Pettigrew, President and Executive Director, Archaeological Legacy Institute
Chair: Erin Passehl, Western Oregon University
Session 11: "Plowing New Ground: Oregon's Heritage Fellows"
Three emerging scholars, the recipients of fellowships from the Heritage and Community Programs Division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, have unearthed new topics while studying at Oregon universities. Hear them describe their research findings and become inspired by the new topics.
Presenters and topics: Laura Cray, Oregon State University, "High Desert Dreams: Arid Land Management Policy and Visions of the Western Landscape." Kimberly Hursh, Willamette University, "A Social History of the Colegio Cesar Chavez, 1973-1983." Gareth Stacke, Lewis & Clark College, "The Relationship Between Black Power and Welfare Relief Programs in Portland, 1964-1975."
Session 12: "Case Studies in Community Outreach and Historic Preservation"
Customers, including scholars and the public, are looking for history outside of museums and archives. Learn from those who are providing that service, such as a historical society that interacts with communities to create traveling exhibits, or a library that uses new technology to create more interactive web pages.
Presenters: Amy Drake, Curator of Special Projects, Southern Oregon Historical Society; Stephen Hussman, University Archivist, Central Washington University; Peggy Moretti, Executive Director, Historic Preservation League of Oregon
Chair: Steve Hussman, Central Washington University
Dinner and Northwest Heritage Celebration!
6:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Dinner
Join your colleagues for a reception and dinner to celebrate the Northwest and our outstanding achievements. Be inspired by the work of winners of the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards! Hear a talk by author, teacher and entrepreneur Matt Love about one of the most influential people in the Northwest during the 20th century, Governor Tom McCall. The event takes place at the Willamette Heritage Center, which is undergoing its own transformational change.
From 5:15 - 10:00 p.m. buses will transfer conferees from the Salem Conference Center to the Willamette Heritage Center and back.
Photo courtesy of the Willamette Heritage Center
Speaker Matt Love grew up in Oregon city and is the publisher of Nestucca Spit Press and author/editor of The Beaver State Trilogy, Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon's Sesquicentennial Anthology, Super Sunday in Newport: Notes from My First Year in Town and Gimmee Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker, Love & The Green Lady, Meditations on the Yaquina Bay Bridge, Oregon's Crown Jewel of Socialism and The Teaching Maxims of Karl Love. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts' Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in South Beach and teaches English, photography, creative writing and journalism at Newport High School. His latest book is Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesy and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Buffet continental breakfast begins at 7:30
NWA Business Meeting 7:30 - 9:00
State of Oregon Heritage 7:30 - 9:00
Listen to the leading players on the Oregon heritage stage deliver news, insights and inspiration on the state of Oregon heritage. Bring your questions. Answers will be provided. Ideas will be welcome.
Early Morning Session 9:00 - 10:30:
Session 13: "If You Build it, Do They Come? Advocacy and Program Development for New and Expanded Archival Programs"
Participants in a program to expand the presence of archives and special collections programs at liberal-arts colleges in the Northwest by assisting emergent archives programs with collection access outreach to key audiences, and advocacy for institutions to offer long-term program support will address key aspects of their efforts. Topics will include curriculum integration, program development, efficient collection survey methods, outreach and advocacy and the development of the Oregon Wine Archives.
Presenters: Jodi Allison Bunnell, Program Manager, Northwest Digital Archives, Orbis Cascade Alliance; Linda Morton-Keithley, Consulting Archivist, Northwest Digital Archives; Elizabeth Stiles Knight, Consulting Archivist, Northwest Digital Archives; Zoie Clark, Archivist, George Fox University/Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church Archives; Brent Mai, University Librarian, Concordia University;Susan Barnes Whyte, Library Director, Linfield College; Adrienne Meier, University Archivist, Seattle Pacific University; Mary Linden Sepulveda, Coordinator of Collection Development and Special Collections, Seattle University Library; Jane A. Carlin, Director, Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound
Chair: Jodi Allison-Bunnell, Northwest Digital Archives, Orbis Cascade Alliance
Session 15: "New Accession to the Profession: Discussions on the Needs of Students and Emergent Archivists"
Join a facilitated discussion aimed at students and emerging professionals (but open to seasoned archivists, too!), to identify their needs as they pursue their archival education, first professional positions, mentoring, networking and continued education. The information fathered will be used to create a plan for facilitating the needs.
Presenters: Max Johnson, graduate student at San Jose State University and Pete Asch, Archivist, Oregon Jewish Museum
Chair: Josh Zimmerman, Archivist/Records Manager, Archdiocese of Seattle
Break 10:30 - 11:00
Late Morning Sessions 11:00 - 12:30
Session 15: "The Protocols for Native American Archival Materials"
The Protocols (http://www2.nau.edu/libnap-p/) have been an important topic since their creation in 2007. Two archival organizations, Northwest Archivists and the Society of American Archivists, have constructed dialogue among their members to promote understanding of the protocols, to crate dialogue among interested parties, and to determine members' desires regarding endorsement of the protocols. The sense of creating dialogue, respect, and relationship among people is at the core of the protocols.
Presenter: Terry Baxter, Archivist, Multnomah County Archives
Chair: David Lewis, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community
Session 16: "Special Collections at the Center"
Learn ways that archives and special collections departments hone their institution's effectiveness. Central to the these is discussion of how online digital resources created by archives provide "distinct places" for libraries and institutions that are increasingly focused on services that reach beyond their physical space. The session is divided between two presentations, "'I'm Ready for My Close-Up': Digital Collections Take Center State at WSU," and "Special Collections and the Future of the Academic Library."
Presenters: Trevor James Bond, Washington State University; Greg Matthews, Metadata Librarian, Washington State University; Doug Lambeth, Digital Projects Production Coordinator, Washington State University; Michael J. Paulus, Jr., University Librarian and Associate Professor, Seattle Pacific University
NWA Strategic Planning meeting 12:30 - 2:30
You are Cordially Invited to a Gathering of Friends of Historic Preservation
Afternoon of Saturday April 28th
Willamette Heritage Center
1:30 - 3:00
Tour, Talk, and Celebrate Preservation in Salem and Across Oregon
Join long-time supporters and freshly minted students of historic preservation in celebrating the 35th birthday of the HPLO at a special celebration at Salem’s Willamette Heritage Center. Immediately following the conclusion of the 2012 Oregon Heritage Conference, the HPLO invites friends of preservation to indulge in birthday cake and beverages, participate in guided tours of the historic Mission and Mill complex, and engage in a town hall conversation about where we’ve gone and where we’re going as a statewide preservation movement. As a special treat, attendees will each receive a printed copy of A Past for Our Future, a limited print booklet authored by former Oregon National Register coordinator Elisabeth Walton Potter. Originally delivered lecture-style, A Past for Our Future provides the most comprehensive overview of the historic preservation movement in Oregon published to-date. Elisabeth and HPLO staff will be on hand to discuss the booklet and hear from you what preservation issues are happening in your backyard.
HPLO members free; suggested donation $10 for non-members. All proceeds from this event will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous challenge grant.
"Grand Ronde Women - Our Story," This exhibition celebrates the women of the Grand Ronde community, past, present, and future. Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, 1313 Mill St. SE. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday. www.willametteheritage.org
"The Life of Vesper Greer" Documentary Premiere
Saturday April 28, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
The Palace Theatre, 200 N Water St., Silverton, OR
The premiere screening of the feature-length biopic on Vesper Geer, the fourth-generation owner of GeerCrest Farm outside Silverton. Vesper was born in the kitchen of the old house in 1917, and passed away there on New Year's Eve, 2010. In between, her incredible life story of love, war, travel, and finally, home, is told through her photographs, letters, and journals collected over nearly a century. Come join the filmmaker and GeerCrest family at the Palace Theatre in downtown Silverton to celebrate this historic event! Check our the Facebook event at