Sherman County Historical Society and Museum
Open Daily 10 until 5 May through October

News Release. March 13, 2009
Behind the Scenes

Sherman County Historical Society
Moro, Oregon

Moro, Ore. –While the Sherman County Historical Society’s award-winning Museum is closed for the winter, many hands are at work, managing exhibits, archives, artifact storage, marketing, The Museum Store, and incoming artifacts. The Museum Team, the all-volunteer behind-the-scenes crew, is engaged in the annual spring cleaning of all 16,000 square feet. Several volunteers new to the museum scene are greatly appreciated.
In a significant upgrade in artifact storage facilities, Forbo Marmoleum tile floor covering was installed in the Museum’s 924 square foot artifact storage space this month, a substantial gift made by Society members, Steve and Janet Frazier of Moro and Portland, with support from Forbo, Inc. Last year, floor covering, also contributed by a member, was installed over the 320 square foot plywood floor in the textile storage space.
Steve Frazier, Director of Marketing for Contract Furnishings Mart, and Chuck Huffstutter, owner of Eye for Detail Enterprises and a certified Forbo Installer and Armstrong Industries Technical and Installation Trainer, installed the floor covering. Dan Mariman, Larry Kaseberg, Mark Coles and Jeff Denny assisted by moving floor covering bundles, heavy artifacts and steel shelving units.
Earlier, Museum volunteers removed hundreds of artifacts from rows of steel shelving in preparation for this project. With the shelving back in place and to meet current museum standards, Wayne Melzer is cutting Ethafoam lining to fit each shelf. The Museum Team is reviewing standards for the storage of non-photograph paper artifacts, albums, scrapbooks, prints, posters, books and ledgers.  
A very high percentage of the Museum’s artifacts, over 80%, are on display. Artifacts in storage receive the highest possible standard of preservation. Supporting this storage system upgrade, an Oregon Heritage Commission grant award funded acid-free storage boxes, photograph sleeves, pest control supplies, a custom-made quilt storage rack, saddle racks, shelf lining, shelving and file cabinets.  
The Museum doors will open again on May 1 for the six-month season. Look for announcements of summer in-county tours and stop by to experience Cultivation, Conservation and Clothespins! and Oregon Trails, Rails and Roads in Sherman County. See <> .


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