Sherman County Historical Society and Museum
Open Daily 10 until 5 May through October
|Contact: Sherry Kaseberg
News release. October 26, 2002
The Sherman County Historical Society is celebrating the successful completion of the Museum's 20th summer season at a volunteer appreciation event in Moro on November 3. From modest beginnings in 1983 in the building donated by the American Legion Post in Moro, the Society's remarkable Museum Host program has grown to a model of community teamwork and service. Volunteer Coordinator Dorothy Benson of Kent recruits, trains, supervises and celebrates Museum Hosts who receive praises for their friendly services and a clean shop!
Over 50 Museum Hosts provide visitor services and daily museum operations in rotation, once-twice-or-thrice a month in teams of two or three, and are required to attend annual training and review, adhere to Society policies and provide services to visitors. Members of this team in 2002 are: Alice Archer, Charlotte Barnett, Dorothy Benson, David & Sharon Bohl, Christy Brown, Susan Brown, Gertrude Buether, Patty Burnet, Barbara Cantrall, Chet & Reatha Coats, Arlea Cole, Carol Conlee, Mary Curtis, Joan DeGrange, Vada DeMoss, Penny Eakin, Eilene Eslinger, Nancy Fields, Ed & Shirley Fritts, Shannon Hansen, Dorothy Heater, Elden Hinds, John & Elaine Kalista, Larry & Sherry Kaseberg, Karen Kellogg, Mary Ann King (formerly Muzechenko), Debbie Kratzer, Mary Jo Lane, Anthony & Nancy Lanni, Helen Macnab, Mary Anne Macnab, Carole Makinster, Myrna Melzer, Nell Melzer, Mavis Olsen, Marcie Paull, Yvonne Pouget, Leta Ann Reckmann, John Shipley, Mike & Margaret Smith, Margaret Snider, Margie Stark, Swede & Dorothy Stark, Don Thompson, Vivian Todd, Don & Marta von Borstel, Pat von Borstel, Beth Webb, Joe & Sheila Weber, Ardeth Woods.
In addition to Museum Hosts, the Museum Team operates behind the scenes, supervised by Museum Coordinator Sherry Kaseberg. Pat von Borstel chairs the Acquisitions Committee comprising Charlotte Barnett, Erling Jacobsen, Yvette Hamilton, Penny Eakin, Dean Wilcox, M.D., Pat Macnab, Myrna Melzer and Mary Lou Dennis. The Museum collections are managed by Mildred Berge and Mary Ann King who recently relocated. Working on the Exhibit Team during production of the exhibit, Cultivation, Conservation and Clothespins, were Exhibit Team Chair Myrna Melzer, Team Leader Sherry Kaseberg, carpenter/artisan David Fritts, exhibit designer Cameron Kaseberg, Joe and Sheila Weber, Susan Brown, Mary Anne and Sandy Macnab, Mary Ann King, Jim Manning, Mary Beth Smith, Nancy Fields, Shirley Fritts and Erling and Pat Jacobsen, with support of goods and services of many generous others. Pat von Borstel is responsible for exhibits on the Museum's multiple-paged display units.
Cal McDermid is responsible for education and outreach, Mary Anne Macnab and Myrna Melzer for the buildings and grounds and Sherry Kaseberg, Janet Pinkerton and Cal McDermid for publications. The Museum Store Team, Carrie Kaseberg, Cathie Martin and Patti Moore, operate a profitable business to support the Museum. The Museum's only paid personnel serve on the Security Team. Lisa Shafer, Carol Conlee, Mary Ann King and Tammy Thompson open and close the Museum in daily rotation, disarming and arming the security system and operating the surveillance system.
The Museum has expanded in phases since 1983, and in 1992 opened the lobby, entrances and The Museum Store while the new wing was under construction. The new wing was opened, along with the first interpretive exhibit, Oregon Trails, Rails and Roads, in 1993. In 1994 the Museum received the coveted Albert B. Corey Award for vigor, imagination and scholarship shown in its work by the American Association for State and Local History...something like an Oscar for a small, all-volunteer-operated museum. Between 1994 and 1996 the footbridge was constructed to connect the Museum to Highway 97 traffic, the Society's vacant lot on Highway 97 was developed with a Visitor Information Kiosk and landscaping to market the County and the Museum, and the second interpretive exhibit was completed, Wheat Through the Ages. The next phase was the construction of a steel farm shed, 108' x 35' to house a post-horsepower exhibit, Cultivation, Conservation and Clothespins, which opened in August, still a work in progress.
Juggling several projects during reconstruction of the main street in Moro by Oregon Department of Transportation, Society volunteers removed plants and structures from the lot on the highway in order to install a retaining wall and fill to the level of the new sidewalks. The Visitor Information Kiosk, Museum sign and landscaping are restored to the site with a brand new look that cannot escape notice of travelers.
Serving on the Board of Trustees are Erling Jacobsen, Dorothy Benson, Sherry Kaseberg, Susan Brown, Joan DeGrange, Nancy Fields, Mary Anne Macnab, Myrna Melzer and Cal McDermid. For another view of Museum activities see www.shermanmuseum.org.