November 2, 2011
Stepping Up When Help is Needed
Moro, Ore. - It’s just like Sherman County citizens to step up when help is needed! Stop by 200 Dewey Street in Moro to see for yourself!
In addition to The Museum Team regulars, other volunteers are helping in important ways to preserve the Sherman County Journal tools and equipment. Five days were scheduled this week to begin to prepare 14 pieces selected from the Journal collection for an exhibit to open in May.
Generous donors made the purchase of this collection possible, and began a fund for this exhibit.
A generous grant from the Sherman County Cultural Coalition paid for the supplies needed to remove decades of oil, ink and grime from the flatbed press, job presses, Linotype, cabinets and lead saws. Volunteers are working between 9 and 4 o’clock. Local donors are providing lunch for the crew catered by Moro Café and Bakery.
On Tuesday, November 1st with help from Metro Rigging of Portland, Journal Team volunteers moved 14 pieces of the Journal collection from storage in shipping containers to the shed roof display section of the museum! No one was hurt, nothing was broken and everyone was happy! Photographs are documenting the process. Lunch was provided for 12 people!
On Wednesday, November 2nd, the Journal Team of the day had a pow-wow and established rules for using the materials and supplies and the goals for cleaning the Journal machinery and furnishings. Volunteers spent the day with Scotchbrite pads, solvents, disposable rags, the shop vac and elbow grease, tackling first the Meihle flat bed press, the largest, most daunting! Twelve sets of inky, oily hands were washed up before lunch. One of our sidewalk superintendents surprised us with financial support.
On Thursday, November 3rd our regular Museum Team volunteers, with help by a Specialty Team, packed and moved artifacts, retired some exhibits, and cleared space where the Journal will be displayed. The Journal Team, working in the other wing, hunkered down in the November chill with ink on their faces and hands, making great progress with the flatbed press and starting on the Kluge press and Linotype. A volunteer drove up from Salem for the day! A few observers came by and 13 volunteers were counted for lunch.
The schedule will continue November 7-11 from 9 until 4 with lunch for the workers. Follow the process at www.shermanmuseum.org. where you can click on the Journal and Facebook. Volunteers will be welcomed and appreciated – a few hours, a couple of days! Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.