Moro, Oregon – Challenges, fun and education were a winning combination for third and fourth graders at Sherman County Historical Museum’s 40 Winks – A Museum Sleep-over in June.
Nine youngsters – Owen Christiansen, Jordan Barrett, Gavenn Lohrey, CJ Johnson, Emma Stutzman, Jared Fritts, Caleb Fritts, Luke Martin and Hunter Kaseberg – enjoyed outdoor games, a museum treasure hunt, prizes, a flashlight tour of exhibits, flashlight tag, two meals, a bedtime snack, the movie Across the Crooked Sky, and forty winks while camped out in the Oregon Trail exhibit.
Sherman County teachers Susan Case, Hannah Kaseberg and Susan Mobley and student camp counselors Meagan McKinney, Jeanna Hill and Amber Kuettel collaborated with Museum volunteers Gladys Wesley, Dale and Vicki Frey, Sherry Kaseberg and April Gaffney to make this a memorable summer event.
4-H Leader Nancy Allen organized a vigorous team project to churn cream to butter for bread baked on site for a late night bedtime snack.
With her faithful dog at her side, storyteller Patty Burnet described the challenges and rigors of traveling on the Oregon Trail.
Gladys Wesley offered an interesting treasure hunt that took teams to all corners of the museum. She also prepared the two meals.
As darkness fell, with flashlights in hand, the youngsters inspected the old county jail exhibit on the museum grounds where they were startled to find prisoners inside – young actors in costume, Karolyn Kaseberg and Chloe Van Gilder.
A flashlight discovery tour of the exhibit, Cultivation, Conservation and Clothespins, offered a unique impression of local history and artifacts. Imagine all those flashlights and shadows in this large exhibit space followed by an energetic game of flashlight tag in Moro City Park!
Participants went home with a packet of county & regional brochures, travel guides, Museum admission coupons, and a t-shirt. 40 Winks – A Museum Sleep-over was made possible by a generous contribution from Frank and Deanna Zaniker.