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Oregon Heritage Fellowships

Every year Oregon Heritage selects up to three fellows who are Oregon students researching Oregon. Full-time undergraduate and graduate students of an Oregon university or college who are researching a topic related to history, geography, archaeology, cultural heritage, historic preservation or related topic in Oregon are encouraged to apply for an Oregon Heritage Fellowship.

Fellowship recipients present their research process and findings at the Oregon Heritage Conference or Oregon Heritage Summit (depending on the year). Below are the 2019 Fellows and their papers that are now available online:

Marc Carpenter, University of Oregon, “Reconsidering the ‘Pioneer Statue,’ 100 Years Later”

Kerrie Franey, University of Oregon, “America’s Adventure in Hospitality: Portland, Oregon and War Code Housing”

Isaiah Silvers, Reed College, “From Dispensary to Hospital: Charitable Medicine in Oregon, 1900-1929”

Applications are now open for 2020 Oregon Heritage Fellowships. For more information or to apply visit

If you have questions about the Fellowship, please contact Beth Dehn or call 503-986-0696.

Folklorist at the High Desert Museum

Title: Contract Folklorist
Division: Programs
Classification: Contract, part-time (1-year, 80 working days)
Reports To: Director of Programs

High Desert Museum – Organization Description

Since opening in 1982, THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, culture, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, was a 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Sciences finalist and is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

Job Summary – Contract Folklorist

Working in collaboration with the High Desert Museum and Oregon Folklife Network, the professional folklorist will conduct fieldwork to document folk and traditional artists in central and eastern Oregon. In addition, this folklorist will create and implement programs and collaborations with folk and traditional artists and arts and culture organizations in the region. Through this work, this contract position will support a growing folklife infrastructure in Oregon. Responsibilities include: fieldwork to document folk and traditional artists; listening sessions with artists; and developing and organizing public programs with artists. Position requires flexible hours including evenings and weekends to support 80 work days at $400/day plus travel allowance for fieldwork. Please note that the High Desert Museum will not cover transportation to/from Oregon and this contract position is not eligible for the Museum’s benefit package. This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An M.A. in folklore or related discipline, such as cultural anthropology or ethnomusicology, or equivalent
  • 3-5 years’ experience in public folklore and cultural/humanities/arts programming
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ethnographic fieldwork
  • Capacity to interact competently with a culturally, economically and ethnically diverse population of artists, community members, advisory board members, volunteers and staff and work respectfully with all age groups
  • Technical competence with digital equipment (camera, audio recorder, laptop) and his/her own transportation
  • Demonstrated skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and oral communication skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees, volunteers and general public

Responsibilities and Tasks

  1. Make use of the folklife fieldwork in Central Oregon (OFN folklife surveys from 2013-2016) to conduct fieldwork and document folk and traditional artists in central and eastern Oregon
  2. Professional documentation of ethnic and regional folklore, regional occupational folklore such as ranching, logging, mining, hunting and fishing; and foodways, music, quilting, dancing, saddle making, silversmithing, and storytelling
  3. Produce documentation for OFN’s Culture Keepers Roster
  4. Collaborate with other Museum programs staff members to develop and implement programming with folk and traditional artists
  5. Develop partnerships between artists and organizations throughout the region and the High Desert Museum
  6. Embrace, support and help implement the Museum’s continued learning and commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion
  7. Execute other duties as assigned as needed to help abide by the Museum’s values, drive our vision and fulfill our mission

Application Process

Submit applications and all attachments by COB, September 15, 2019. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Position will be open until filled. The folklorist will negotiate specific work date ranges with the High Desert Museum.

Required materials for qualified applicants:

  • A letter of interest, addressing qualifications described under “Duties and Responsibilities”
  • A detailed resume or curriculum vitae
  • A list of three professional references with contact information
  • Representative work samples (please submit only digital and/or online work samples):
    • a self-recording (audio or video) with applicant’s personal introduction along with a summary of qualifications (no more than 3-4 minutes)
    • photography (10 images, jpg format, with metadata: subject, date, place, purpose of original photo). Note: we are looking for ethnographic/fieldwork type photographs with contextual information as part of the photo. Do not send simple portraits, photos used for advertisements, or
    • 1 published professional writing sample (festival catalogue pieces are fine)
    • At least two of the following: Photos and/or PDFs of exhibits (1-2 exhibit examples); Public program flyers and/or programs (1-3 examples); Online exhibits and/or websites (1-2)—send

The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

I acknowledge that I have read and understand the above job description in its entirety and am capable of performing all of the stated requirements.


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Please send resume and cover letter to the High Desert Museum

Phil Ochs Fellowship Opportunity 2019 – Deadline September 1, 2019

The Phil Ochs Fellowship awards up to $5,000 for scholarly research at the extensive Woody Guthrie Center Archives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This fellowship is an annual research opportunity provided by a partnership between the Woody Guthrie Center, Inc. and A Still Small Voice, Inc. This opportunity is open to scholars pursuing topics or themes related to American folk music, specifically Phil Ochs and folk musicians from the 1940s – 1970s whose message was social justice within American and global politics.

In September 2014, the only daughter of Phil Ochs, Meegan Lee Ochs, donated an extensive collection of Phil Ochs materials to the Woody Guthrie Center Archives. The papers contain original lyrics, handwritten travel journals, scrapbooks, notebooks, correspondence, personal belongings of Phil Ochs, realia, business records of Michael Ochs, record label correspondence and business materials, flyers, manuscripts and published articles by Phil Ochs, clippings, photographs, audio recordings, film recording, LPs, and biographical information gathered by Phil Ochs’ biographers for both a documentary and a book. In addition, the Woody Guthrie Center was gifted the collection of Phil’s brother, Michael Ochs, in 2015 and his sister, Sonny, in 2018. Together these collections comprise of more than 80 linear feet of archival materials related to the life of the folk singer and topical songwriter.


The Woody Guthrie Center Archives also holds the special collections of Ronald Cohen, Patricia Dempsey, and Harold Leventhal among others. These materials include correspondences, manuscripts, articles, clippings, and additional information on the life of folk singers, including Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and more. All materials are available for research for this fellowship.


  • Researcher must demonstrate a thorough understanding of background materials by having consulted secondary source materials.
  • Project must lead to the creation of an original scholarly publication or product (i.e. book, article, public work).
  • Project must be sufficiently extensive as to require a suggested minimum of two weeks of research in the archives.
  • Researcher must contact the archivist prior to sending in proposal to ensure project is feasible. Please contact Kate L. Blalack @

*This fellowship is for research expenses only. No applications will be accepted which self-promote artists or musical compositions using original lyrics found in the archival collections.

The application deadline is September 1st at 11:59 p.m.

To apply—–> Please send email to Kate L. Blalack @ with subject ” Phil Ochs Fellowship Application Materials – 2019″ –include a cover letter – project proposal – project budget and curriculum vitae.

Award selection will be conducted by a committee of scholars and stakeholders. Notice of award/s and or denials will be sent by November 01, 2019.

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