Sherman County Historical Society and Museum
Open Daily 10 until 5 May through October
|Contact: Sherry Kaseberg
News release. May 9, 2008
There's going to be a party, Celebrating Community, on Saturday, May 24, at the Sherman County Senior Center in Moro starting at noon. Everyone is invited!
At the 25-year mark for the national-award-winning Sherman County Historical Society's Museum, it’s time to celebrate the remarkable volunteers who contributed their vision, time, skills, artifacts and financial support.
Rod McGuire's Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon crew will prepare the fixin's for a no-host BBQ meal at noon. The Swing Crew will bring the music!
Reminiscing will be in order. Patty Moore, of the visionary founding board, will talk about the early years. She instilled in her peers a respect for historical artifacts and scholarship. Instrumental in starting the Society's publication, Sherman County: For the Record, she served as an editor for many years.
Mike McArthur served as a trustee during Museum expansion and growth and will talk about leading volunteers into the world of grant funding, building construction, professional museum assessments and collections care standards. His experiences in teaching, coaching and farming and his network of volunteers were invaluable.
Colleen Schafroth, Executive Director of Maryhill Museum of Art since 2001, will talk about Why Museums Matter. Colleen is holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Art as well as a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oregon State University. She is a strong advocate for arts education and is the author of two books, Sculptures in Miniature: Chess Sets from the Maryhill Museum of Art (1990) and The Art of Chess (2002).
Steve Burnet and Chris Moore helped along the way while making important observations that they will be happy to share, putting a light-hearted, entertaining touch on it all.
A brief annual membership meeting will follow the festivities, according to Society president, Del Peake. Joining Peake and Myrna Melzer on the board are new trustees, Link Shadley and Carrie Kaseberg.
Link is a Project Manager for Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and is assisting with its Arts, Collaborative Healthcare and Renewable Energy Cluster projects, and provides economic development technical assistance to Sherman County and the Lower John Day Partnership (Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties). He grew up in the Hood River Valley and lives in The Dalles with his wife, Mary Merrill, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Columbia Gorge Community College. Link's father was born in Rutledge in 1900 and the family moved to their homestead near Wamic around 1904. Coming full circle, Link was on the original MCEDD board of directors and helped form the organization in 1969 while working at Diamond Fruit Growers in Hood River.
Carrie Kaseberg lives and works on the family farm with her husband Chris, and two daughters, Jessica, 14, and Karolyn, 11. She grew up in Colton, Washington and attended Blue Mountain Community College where she served as Associated Student Government President. She graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business Management. She currently serves on the North Central ESD, Sherman County Childcare Foundation and Sherman County Public/School Library boards. She volunteers with the grade 5-8 girls’ basketball program, 4-H Ranch Horse, and youth horse events.
Trustees who laid the foundation and sustained the Museum between 1983-2008 are Patty Moore, Carsten von Borstel, Barbara Sharp, Sherry Kaseberg, Sharon Chard, Wendell Clodfelter, Gordon Hilderbrand, Raymond Van Gilder, Pat Macnab, Glenn Virtue, Dorothy Benson, Jerry Kirkpatrick, Mike McArthur, Deanna Padget, Terri Bibby, Millie Moore-Voll, Eileen Moreau, Barbara Bish, Vonda Chandler, Joe Weber, Jacque von Borstel, Myrna Melzer, Don Thompson, Nancy Lanni, Nancy Fields, Bobbi Driscoll, Erling Jacobsen, Jim Manning, Susan Brown, Joan DeGrange, Mary Anne Macnab, Cal McDermid, Rita Wilson, Elaine Kalista, Dean Ruggles, Jeff Wolfanger, Terry Johnson, Shavonne Gosson, Linda Bird, Beverly Malmberg, Del Peake, Carrie Kaseberg and Link Shadley.
Trustees worked closely with the many Museum Hosts who serve during the summer; home-grown graphic designers Pat Jacobsen, Cameron Kaseberg and Jeanney McArthur; woodworking artisan and craftsman David Fritts; the volunteers who produce and maintain exhibits and publications, manage the artifact collections, landscaping, memberships, fiscal and security matters, and The Museum Store; and those episodic volunteers who come forth when called.
This event kicks off Sherman County's three-day Memorial Day weekend with events in Wasco and Rufus on the 25th and 26th. Questions? For meal reservations, call the Museum, 541-565-3232.