November 28, 2011
Print Shop Moved Into Museum
Moro, Ore. – It was on November 28th, the 18th day of the Sherman County Journal project, that Sherman County Historical Museum volunteers moved print shop machines significant in size and historical value into the Museum with help from a rigging company. The three presses, folding machine, lead caster, lead saws and type cabinets are inside for the winter following three weeks of preparation during which each machine was cleaned.
From November 1st to the 28th, Kathleen Ahearn, Nancy Allen, Mary Lou Dennis, Mike Doolin, Terri Earl, John Fields, Mark Fields, Nancy Fields, Tracy Fields, Trevor Fields, Dale Frey, Vicki Frey, Terry Fuhrer, April Gaffney, Eddie Gabor, Jim Gaffney, Merva Haley, Randy Hilderbrand, Chris Kaseberg, Larry Kaseberg, Sherry Kaseberg, Kenton Mathewson, Jean McKinney, Myrna Melzer, Keith Mobley, Verne Mobley, Johnathan Rolfe, Lowell Smith, Chloe Van Gilder logged in hours of elbow grease with plenty of laughter and enthusiasm for this new exhibit.
The machines gleamed in the sunlight as they were moved by forklift to the museum’s Rural Living wing in an odd juxtaposition of printing presses with bonnets, school sweaters, Boy Scout uniforms, fishing rods, school desks, wood stove, ironing board and a bassinet. Somehow it all makes sense for, after all, newspapers published family, school, church and business news.
Museum volunteers hope this is a temporary exhibit as they envision a permanent working print shop exhibit in a new wing which would also house program space, the director’s office and a work room.
Volunteers will resume work in January. Information is posted at www.shermanmuseum.org which links to the Facebook photographs.
With the Miehle flat bed press on November 28th are L-R: Kathleen Ahearn, Nancy Allen, Kenton Mathewson, Larry Kaseberg, Brian & Jeff from Metro Rigging Co., Chris Kaseberg, Lowell Smith, Vicki Frey, Nancy and John Fields, Terry Fuhrer and Mary Lou Dennis. Not shown are others who participated in this move - Terri Earl, Myrna Melzer, Tracy Fields, Dale Frey, Sherry Kaseberg, Verne Mobley, Jim Gaffney and Mike Doolin.