Sherman County Historical Society and Museum
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Contact: Sherry Kaseberg 442-5514, Cal McDermid 442-5270

News release. November 19, 2002
First Paid Director Hired

News Release. Sherman County Historical Society.
Contact: Sherry Kaseberg 442-5514, Cal McDermid 442-5270.

Sherman County Historical Society's Board of Trustees hired their first paid Museum Director in a bold move reflecting the growth in size and sophistication of the Sherman County Historical Museum. The Board is pleased to announce employment of Cal McDermid beginning January 2, at which time McDermid will resign from the Board of Trustees. The position is half-time, four hours a day, five days a week, and is expected to become full-time. Advertised widely, the Museum received seven applications and interviewed three candidates.

The newest member of the Board, McDermid brings a wide range of experience in management, marketing and fundraising valuable in this transition. The oldest son of Malcolm and Phyllis McDermid, he grew up in Sherman County and graduated from Sherman High School in 1969. He graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, after which he taught school in Jefferson County and Lake Oswego, and as a substitute teacher in Sherman County. In 1978 he completed a yearlong course at the Restaurant School of Philadelphia and worked in Portland restaurants before owning and operating The French House in The Dalles. In 1987 he became employed as an events coordinator/household manager for a family with a private company based in Portland. Cal transferred in this position when the family moved to Palm Springs, CA in 1991.

Returning to Sherman County a year ago, Cal has done some work for Maryhill Museum of Art, Klindts Booksellers, Hotel Condon and The Granada Theater Foundation. Upon joining the Sherman County Historical Society board in June, he immediately began work on education and outreach. The Sherman County Court appointed McDermid chair of the Sherman County Committee of Oregon Cultural Trust.

The Society's unpaid Museum Coordinator, Sherry Kaseberg, retired in October 2002, having served in this capacity for over ten years and as a volunteer for 20 years. Kaseberg will remain on the Board and continue work with Society publications and exhibits. 


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