Celebrate the heritage of Deschutes County during May, a month dedicated to engaging in historic preservation. The Deschutes County Historical Society, Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commission, City of Bend Landmarks Commission, City of Redmond Landmarks Commission, and Deschutes Land Trust partner to celebrate the myriad of ways that historic preservation enhances our quality of life. With a full schedule of events to enjoy its easy to see why This Place Matters.
Download our full schedule of events here: historic-preservation-month-may-2017-events
Scavenger Hunt for History May 1-May 31
Join in our new scavenger hunt all month long for a chance to win great prizes from Goody’s Ice Cream, books from the Museum, pint glasses, toys and books from Leapin’ Lizards and more! Print the hunt out here (history-scavenger-hunt-may-2017), fill it out, and bring it to the museum during open hours (Tuesday-Saturday 10 am to 4:30 pm, closed Sunday and Monday) and turn it in at the desk for prizes. (While they last, of course. Call us at 541.389.1813 for updates.) If you have trouble printing, stop by the museum and pick up a copy for free before heading out.
MAY 1st, 5:30pm – Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commission Meeting
The Deschutes County HLC holds its regular meeting which coincides with Historic Preservation Month. The commission will be reviewing a proposal to stabilize the Hindman Barn at Camp Polk. Staff will also highlight historic preservation month activities and upcoming projects supported by the renewed Certified Local Government (CLG) grant program. Join us at 1300 NW Wall Street, Barnes & Sawyer Room.
MAY 5th, 5pm to 8pm – Preservation Month Showcase & Scavenger Hunt at the Boys & Girls Club, during Friday Art Walk
Come to the historic Amateur Athletic Club (Boys & Girls Club) during First Friday Art Walk to kickoff Preservation Month and to celebrate the Club’s 99th birthday. Browse a wide variety of preservation exhibits and activities, and see what’s happening during May in Central Oregon. Tours of the Amateur Athletic Club are available. Kids can learn to play marbles or color a historic building or artifact. City of Redmond will have a slideshow of historic images of Roberts Field airport. Kids and adults can join in a new Scavenger Hunt for History (preservation-month-hunt-for-history-2017) of downtown Bend. Completion of the Scavenger Hunt will be rewarded with free Goody’s ice cream, stickers and more, and competitors may also win awesome historical books on several topics, and free memberships to Restore Oregon. Beverages and snacks are provided. Join the fun at 500 NW Wall Street!
MAY 6th, 9am to 12pm – Santiam Wagon Road Walk at Whychus Canyon, guided by Carol Wall, Deschutes Land Trust
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Carol Wall to explore the 150-year old Santiam Wagon Road at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Hike back in time and imagine traveling west in a wagon train to transport wool from Eastern Oregon to the Willamette Valley, or east to graze livestock on the grasses of the desert. Explore the site of an early homestead and the signs and symbols still visible along the trail today, that help tell the story of travel and commerce in the high desert. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event. Please register online at www.deschuteslandtrust.org/hikes
Rating: Moderate, ~3 mile hike.
What to bring: Snacks/Lunch, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.
May 8th, 6pm to 7:30pm – Know Roots: Meet with a Genealogy Mentor, Downtown Bend Public Library, Brooks Room
Are you curious about what a certain relative was doing in the 1940s? Or did you wonder where the family lived in the 1920s? Or what this Genealogy stuff is all about? Bring your relative’s name, birthdate and possible locations and let’s see what mentors from Bend Genealogical Society can find for you! No registration required. Downtown library is located at 601 NW Wall Street.
MAY 10th, 10am to 1pm – Santiam Wagon Road Walk at Whychus Canyon, guided by Kelly Madden, Deschutes Land Trust
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Kelly Madden to explore the 150-year old Santiam Wagon Road at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Hike back in time and imagine traveling west in a wagon train to transport wool from Eastern Oregon to the Willamette Valley, or east to graze livestock on the grasses of the desert. Explore the site of an early homestead and the signs and symbols still visible along the trail today, that help tell the story of travel and commerce in the high desert. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event. Please register online at www.deschuteslandtrust.org/hikes
Rating: Moderate, ~3 mile hike.
What to bring: Snacks/Lunch, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.
MAY 10th, 12pm to 1pm – Lunch & Lecture: “Training for WWII on the High Desert”, presented by Dick Tobiason, High Desert Museum
Some 200,000 troops trained at sites along US Highway 97 during WWII. Hear about the Oregon Maneuver and present-day efforts to commemorate the war and honor veterans from Dick Tobiason, chairman of the Bend Heroes Foundation and a Vietnam veteran. Bring a lunch or purchase one in the Cafe. Free with Museum admission. Sign up at highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp Located at 59800 Hwy 97.
MAY 10th, 4pm to 6pm – Deschutes Memories Project: Troy Field, Deschutes Historical Museum
Join us in sharing stories and memories of Troy Field throughout the years. Bring your own photos and memorabilia to share as the Deschutes County Historical Society staff and volunteers will be on hand to digitize your items for inclusion in the archives. Sip, snack, and socialize with fellow history buffs as we share stories of Troy Field and preserve your photographs for future generations.
Deschutes Memories is joint project between the Deschutes Historical Museum and the Deschutes Pioneers Association. Each Deschutes Memories Project event will focus on a specific topic relevant to the Deschutes County area. Museum is located at 129 NW Idaho Avenue in Bend.
MAY 13th, 10am to 2pm – Redmond’s Hunt for History and This Place Matters – Bungalows Photo Contest, Centennial Park
All ages are invited to bike, walk or roll through Redmond’s neighborhoods to learn about our Bungalows. “This Place Matters, Bungalow Edition” Photo Contest winning entries and prizes will be announced between 10am and 1pm. Prizes for all ages for the Hunt for History Scavenger hunt will also be awarded. Please visit the City of Redmond’s Historic Landmarks Commission page for full event information: http://www.redmond.or.us/government/commissions-committees/hunt-for-history. Centennial Park is at SW Seventh Street and Evergreen Avenue.
MAY 16th, 6pm – Bend Historic Landmarks Commission meeting, Bend City Council Chambers
The Bend Landmarks Commission regular meeting coincides with Preservation Month, open to the public. The Bend City Council’s proclamation of Preservation Month will be presented. In addition, the Bend Landmarks Commission May agenda will include an update on the Commission’s Oregon State Historic Preservation grant application. This recent grant proposal includes the request for assistance with several historic preservation related projects including a revolving or pass through Preservation Grant program and assistance with a survey work to help identify significant historical and cultural sites within Bend. City Hall is located at 710 NW Wall Street.
May 17th, 12pm – Know Roots: Beginning Genealogy, La Pine Public Library Meeting Room
Representatives from the Bend Genealogical Society review the basic components of genealogy, including how to being research, what type of records are available and what you can learn from them, online sources, how to collaborate with others, and how to document your findings. No registration required. Meet at 16425 First Street.
MAY 18th, 6pm – “Mount St. Helens: Survival & Revival of Life After a Major Volcanic Eruption”, presented by Charlie Crisafulli, Sunriver Nature Center
Come to the Sunriver Nature Center for a presentation by Charlie Crisafulli, Research Ecologist with the USDA, Forest Service, & Pacific Northwest Research Station for a look at the 1980 eruption and the resulting devastation of the area, and how species responded and recovered. Presentation held at 57245 River Road, Sunriver.
MAY 19th, 9:30am to 11am – Indian Ford Meadow Preserve History Wander, guided by Kelly Madden, Deschutes Land Trust
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Kelly Madden for a short stroll to learn about one of our flagship Preserves. Explore the human history of the meadow including both native American and pioneer use. Then, learn about the history of the mountains that surround the meadow while you stroll along a gravel path throughout pine forest and sage meadow. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event. Please register online at www.deschuteslandtrust.org/hikes
Rating: Easy, ~1 mile walk, partially accessible.
What to bring: Snacks, water, sturdy walking shoes. Dress for the weather.
MAY 22nd, 6pm to 7pm (doors open at 5:30pm) – “A Complicated Legacy: The History of the Hanford Site”, presented by Robert Franklin, High Desert Museum
The Manhattan Project transformed the small towns of Hanford and White Bluffs, Washington into the world’s first large-scale nuclear research and production facilities. Join Robert Franklin, assistant director of the Hanford History Project, to hear about Cold War nuclear materials production, advancements in science and technology and the largest nuclear cleanup in history. This event is in conjunction with the High Desert Museum’s WWII: The High Desert Home Front exhibit. Members $3, non-members $7. Sign up at highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp. Located at 59800 Hwy 97.
MAY 24th, 4pm to 8pm – What Is It? Antique, Collectible & House Part Identification, Deschutes Historical Museum
Bring your strange, unknown antiques or collectibles to the Deschutes Historical Museum for our What is it? identification event. Antique experts from the community and Deschutes Historical Museum staff will be on hand to help identify those unknown objects lurking in your family heirlooms. Ward Tonsfeldt from Reels and Creels, Wendy Sexton of Trivia Antiques, homestead legend Bob Boyd, and local builders will offer their expertise. Smaller items are preferred. Please, no art work, firearms, or large furniture—appraisals will not be provided. Museum is located at 129 NW Idaho Avenue in Bend.
MAY 26th, 4:30pm to 6pm – Redmond Historic Landmarks Commission meeting, Redmond City Hall
The Redmond Landmarks Commission May agenda may include an update on the Commission’s Oregon State Historic Preservation grant applications. City Hall tours will also be offered. Meet at the new City Hall at 411 SW 9th Street.
MAY 30th, 7pm (doors open at 5:30pm) – History Pub “Oregon’s Heritage Trees”, presented by Nate Pedersen, McMenamin’s Old St. Francis School
Trees tie us to our historical roots. Join Nate Pedersen, Community Librarian with Deschutes Public Library, Board President at the Deschutes County Historical Society, and at-large member of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee, on a virtual journey around the state of Oregon visiting some of Oregon’s 70 recognized heritage trees. Event is free but reservations are required by visiting www.deschuteshistory.org. McMenamin’s is located at 700 NW Bond Street in Bend.
JUNE 1st through 5th, The American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA) 2017 Rock Art Symposium, Eagle Crest Resort
Rock art scholars from around the country and internationally will meet at Eagle Crest to share research, images, and ideas about rock art traditions from the Americas and beyond. The conference is open to everybody – professional archaeologists, avocationalists, and the interested public. Presentations on current rock art research form the centerpiece of the conference. For those who register for the conference, ARARA offers two days of guided field trips, scheduled for June 2 and June 5. More information: http://www.arara.org/conference.html
In concert with the ARARA conference, the Archaeological Society of Central Oregon (ASCO) will host two public lectures on rock art at COAR, 2112 NE 4th St. Bend.
June 1 – Robert David, Klamath tribal member, will speak on the rock art of Petroglyph Point, Lava Beds National Monument. 7:30 PM, admission $5.00
June 2 – Archaeologist Angelo Fossati, director of the Italian Archaeological Cooperative, Le Orme dell’Uomo, will speak on the rock art of the Ice Man. 7:30 PM, admission $5.00
ALL MONTH LONG
Through May 7th – “This Place Matters” Photo Contest, Redmond
Inspired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s THIS PLACE MATTERS program, the Redmond Historic Landmarks Commission is sponsoring our second annual photo contest! Join us in celebrating Historic Preservation Month and Redmond’s rich heritage by honoring your favorite Redmond Bungalow, which must be 50 years old or older! Visit http://www.redmond.or.us/government/this-place-matters for entry forms and additional information (entries must be submitted by May 7th). Winning entries and prizes will be announced at the “Hunt for History” event on May 13th at 2pm, and the photographic entries will be displayed at Centennial Park, in Redmond. Questions? Call Historic Landmark Commissioners Shannon Rose at 541-216-3471, or Judy Fessler at 541-763-4224, or email: email@example.com.
MAY 8th to 19th – Preservation Displays throughout Central Oregon, Sisters City Hall
Learn about preservation efforts with displays of successfully completed projects on Deedon Homestead in La Pine, Liberty Theater in Bend, Paulina Lake IOOF Cabins near La Pine, French House in Bend, Redmond Freight Depot in Redmond, and Trinity Episcopal Church in Bend, and many others! Sisters City Hall is located at 520 E Cascade Avenue.
Guided Tour of Historic Downtown Bend – Fridays & Saturdays in May, 10am, Bend Visitor Center
Join a Bend expert from Visit Bend for a free one-hour guided tour of the historic downtown core. Learn a bit of the past as well as the ins-and-outs and hotspots of present-day Bend and Central Oregon. Dates include 5/5, 5/6, 5/12, 5/13, 5/19, 5/20, 5/26 and 5/27. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Please call 541-382-8048 for details, recommended for children 10 and older. Meet at 750 NW Lava Road.
SHPO funding statement: This information has been funded with the assistance of a matching grant-in-aid from the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service. Regulations of the U.S. Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility operated by a recipient of Federal assistance should write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.