An Oregon black history fact is now recorded for future generations
Gwenn Carr (Vice Chair for Oregon Black Pioneers) has changed Oregon’s Historical Marker Program indelibly. During a random stop she made with her grandchildren to read a historical marker along Highway 101, Carr identified the marker’s nameless black crew-member of the sloop Lady Washington. She then contacted the Historical Marker Program about changing the marker’s text, and the rest as they say, is history.
“Last year, I had the opportunity to take my grandchildren on a drive along Highway 101 near Tillamook,” says Gwenn. “We happened to notice a historical marker near the side of the road. Since I find it hard to drive past these markers, I pulled over to see what it had to say.”
Read the full article by Gwenn Carr
Places to stop
Local Oregon businesses featured in this newsletter represent our OTE highway business sign family.
Make sure to follow the links to their full stories on our website and you may discover a new “place to stop” on your next trip or Sunday drive.
Aurora Antiques District
Story of communal life
Although a pioneering spirit is part of Oregon’s DNA, the word “commune” might bring to mind the 1960s rather than a Victorian community established over 200 years ago. Nineteenth century Aurora Colony may hold the title to “most unusual territorial community” in state history.
Read more about the colony and the businesses who helped define their town as a “cultural district.”
Coming up in Places to Stop
Tillamook Bay RV Park; Antique Powerland; Imperial River Company
Solar Station tour
A couple of weeks ago, OTE was invited by PGE and ODOT to attend a media tour at the new solar station near Wilsonville.
OTE’s Interim CEO met with officials and toured the new array behind the Baldock rest area. It was a great chance for Pickett to view the panels up close, read the new interpretive markers, and learn about native plantings along the array’s edge.
Be sure to check it out the next time you head north on I-5.
Photo of Tim Pickett courtesy of Craig Strobeck Photography
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Abigail Scott Duniway Historical Marker
Oregon Travel Experience, the City of Lafayette, and the Oregon Historical Marker Program recently held a community celebration honoring historical Lafayette resident Abigail Scott Duniway. The marker is located at Joel Perkins Park on 8th and Jefferson Streets in Lafayette.
In Lafayette during the 1860s, Duniway raised a family, established her own school, took in boarders, published her first novel, and worked tirelessly for a woman’s right-to-vote. In 1912 Oregon Governor Oswald West recognized Duniway’s 42 years of leadership when he asked her to write and sign Oregon’s Suffrage Proclamation. It was the first time an equal suffrage proclamation had been written by a woman in US history.
Lafayette history buff Sheri King, was instrumental in moving the project forward. Mayor Chris Heisler and City Administrator Preston Polasek, along with other community volunteers, helped orchestrate the celebration which culminated in a proclamation declaring September 14th as Abigail Scott Duniway Day.
Tillamook rest area rehab
Things have been hopping out at Tillamook rest area on Highway 101.
A public meeting at the Tillamook Library is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19th at 1:00 p.m. and it’s a great time to voice your opinion on how the rest area might become a community resource.
In the meanwhile, the rest area itself has just received a new Americans with Disabilities (ADA) accessible ramp. The project was designed and built by OTE’s Tillamook rest area staff and from locally sourced building materials. Motorists will be able to access the rest area supervisor’s office in case of mechanical problems or emergencies. The supervisor’s office will also house non-profit volunteers for the highway safety rest break Free Coffee Program.
Read the staff blog and learn more about the project.
Want to attend the public meeting but need more information? Call Annie von Domitz at 1-800-574-9397.
Meeting and events calendar
September 19, 2012: Tillamook Rest Area coalition meeting. 1:00 p.m., Tillamook County Library
September 25, 2012: Statewide rest area users coalition meeting. 10:00 a.m., Keizer Chamber of Commerce
October 5, 2012: Shipley-Cook Oregon Heritage Tree dedication; 1:00 p.m., Stevens Meadows Natural Area
October 10, 2012: Oregon Travel Information Council regular quarterly meeting; 9:00 a.m., 1500 Liberty St SE, Suite 150, Salem, OR
For more information about any of these meetings or events, call our office toll free: 1-800-574-9397.
Employment at OTE
Oregon Travel Experience is seeking qualified applicants to fill two important openings. Please see the listings below and use the links for more information about desired attributes and application submission.
CEO/Director: OTE needs a new agency leader to steer the course. The Department of Administrative Services Recruitment Office will accept applications through October 1, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. Review the announcement on our website.
Staff Accountant: Oregon Travel Experience is looking for a task oriented Staff Accountant. Traits of the ideal candidate include: positive attitude, strong work ethic, ability to embrace and adapt to change, skilled use of technology, acute attention to detail, highly organized, deadline oriented. This position is full time and reports to the Director of Finance and Administration. Review the position announcement details.
What do you think?
We would like to hear from you about our programs and services. Is there something about us you would like to learn more about? Have you stopped at one of our OTE supervised rest areas and have comments or suggestions? Is there an area where we could improve our customer service in any our programs?
Let us know. As an entrepreneurial and semi-independent state agency, we value what all of our customers have to say.
Email your comments, ideas and suggestions to the OTE Communications Division.