Sherman County Historical Society and Museum
Open Daily 10 until 5 May through October
Preserving Oregon's pioneering history
Group Tour Magazine
Feb - April, 1999
Lying between the deep canyons of the John Day River and the Deschutes River in north Central Oregon is Sherman County. To the north is the mighty Columbia River and much of the boundary to the south is defined by the rugged canyons of Buck Hollow, a tributary of the Deschutes.
It is this geographical setting that provides the backdrop to America's roots in the pioneering West. Early explorers reported the splendid abundance of the Pacific Northwest and by 1843 thousands of pioneers set out for the Oregon Country. Emigrants passed through what is now Sherman County in a great cloud of dust on the way to Willamette Valley.
Nowhere is the county's rich history more thoroughly explored than at the Sherman County Historical Museum, located in Moro, Oregon. Here, pioneer history lives on. Journey through 200 years of changes in culture, economy and lifesyles where more than 12,000 artifacts tell the story of settlement and growth in this rural county.
Those who left their mark include the Tenino Indians,
early explorers, Oregon Trail pioneers, stockmen, homesteaders,
farmers, merchants and generations of descendants who followed. For
well over a decade, generous donors have contributed family treasures gathered
from trunks and attics, houses and barns, creating fascinating exhibits
that document the
Exhibits include an extensive photograph collection, rural living displays and a military collection. Experience a turn-of-the-century blacksmith shop, an elegant formal parlor, a one-room school house and more. Caterpillar tractor and farm trucks of yesteryear represent the journey of progress from horsepower to diesel power.
The museum also boasts a military collection documenting military life from the Civil War through the Vietnam conflict. Medals, uniforms, ominous armaments and footlockers with their contents chronicle Sherman County's exceptional military and patriotic history.
Put yourself in the footprints and trails of the
Natiave Americans, early explorers, Lewis and Clark or the first wagon
trains who made Sherman County their home. The "Oregon Trails, Rails
and Roads in Sherman County" exhibit gives witness to the rapid growth of
the area in the 1880s. This exhibition is supplemented by an award-winning
brochure and hands-on
Additionally, the museum offers annual in-county tours along historic trails and roads, as well as guest lectures, special events and hands-on demonstrations. Other tours are available which follow some of the remaining trails across Sherman County used by the pioneers.
Admission to the museum is $2 per person. The museum is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May through October. For further information, call (541)565-3232.