March, 2013

  1. Recent Updates and Announcements

    March 6, 2013 by NOHA


    NOHA Membership Renewals for 2013: Membership renewals are generally
    due in April of each year, as this is the beginning of NOHA’s fiscal year. The
    cost is a mere $15 if you pay online with PayPal. This is the auto-renewal
    membership option, so you don’t have to write a check each year. You can sign
    up for auto renew at: . A
    one-year membership by check is $20 and a two-year membership is currently
    $35. I have attached our membership application form to this email so you can
    update your contact and other information if needed and you can print it out and
    pass it on to a friend. We are considering an increase in the membership fee
    and membership is a real bargain at this point.

    Advertising in the NOHA Newsletter

    We are now accepting advertising from NOHA members for our bi-annual newsletter. Members are responsible for their
    own graphics. One member has opted for a business card sized ad, which goes
    for $35. This is the easiest way to avoid the detail of creating graphics. Proceeds
    will be applied to the cost of producing the newsletter.

    Well Arts Institute

    There have been many artistic uses of oral histories through
    the years and the Well Arts Institute offers one example. Well Arts partners
    with various organizations to facilitate playwriting workshops for people living
    with physical or mental challenges, which can be life changing. They develop
    oral histories into staged readings with professional theatre artists who are
    personally coached by the participants bring their stories to the stage. I saw
    one of their recent performances using stories from senior citizens living in low-
    income housing and it was very powerful. Their most recent endeavor presents
    the results of their partnership with the Washington County National Alliance
    on Mental Illness, A Wall Is a Road, at the Firehouse Theatre on 1436 S.E.
    Montgomery Street. Upcoming shows are March 8, 9, 15 & 16. Performances
    start at 7:30 PM on Fridays, with matinee only shows on Saturdays at 2:00 PM.
    Read more about Well Arts at past, present, and future uses of oral history and
    purchase tickets at: . Please be aware that the Firehouse
    Theatre is tucked in behind Portland State University and can present parking
    challenges. Well Arts sometimes offers a shuttle to performances. Details
    regarding this should also be available on their website.

    Wanted – Oral History Stories on Columbia County

    Dennis Galloway notified
    us that he is looking for oral history stories related to Columbia County. Dennis
    has done some exquisite photographic studies of various agricultural structures,
    including several belonging to the Mid Columbia Producers Co-Op. He would
    like to include a brief text of the human story behind these pictures. He would
    also like to partner with a journalism student who might be able to do a little
    writing for credit or anyone else who might be interested. The Galloway photos
    can be viewed at:
    72157625623098107/lightbox/ and can be seen at:


    lightbox/. He welcomes suggestions for pursuing this project and can be
    contacted through his website:

    Basic Videography Workshop

    Mark your calendars! Matt Simek will lead
    a basic videography workshop for Portland area NOHA members and friends
    on Saturday, June 1st, a mere three(3) months from now. We are currently
    planning a three to four hour span of time in which Matt will cover common
    errors and better alternatives; a show and tell of some inferior techniques and
    better methods; ways to shoot an interview and how to choose equipment and
    locations; what to do with the raw interview (how to process, transcribe, and edit
    into a cohesive story); a few items on how improving interview skills; varieties of
    equipment and their pros and cons. The workshop location is: 5520 N.E. Glisan
    – Portland, OR 97213 and will begin around 9:00 AM and end near 1:00 PM,
    depending on questions and attendee interests. The price is a mere $40 for non-
    members and $30 to current NOHA members. You can see by the description
    above that this workshop is worth a lot more. Registration numbers will be
    limited, and this valuable workshop will cancelled see indicators of sufficient
    interest by mid-May.

    Railroading in Yamhill County

    Matt Simek, an accomplished videographer
    and NOHA member, will speak on the history of railroading in Yamhill County on
    the last Tuesday of this month, March 26th, at 6:30 PM, in the Chehalem Cultural
    Center. This should be an interesting presentation, even for those new to railroad
    history, and will include a multi-media slide show with sound. Matt is a multi-
    talented NOHA member with great story telling skills.

    NOHA Surveys

    Last but not least, if you have not returned your NOHA survey
    yet, please do this. I have experienced moderate success, receiving a response
    from about 25% of the membership. However your input is important, if you have
    lost track of the survey in your email, I can send you another one. I have been
    told that it takes about half an hour to complete, based on input from several
    of our busiest members who were able to take the time to complete it. Please
    think of this as part of your contribution of volunteer time in this “all volunteer”