Sherman County Historical Society and Museum
Open Daily 10 until 5 May through October
News Release. Nobvember 82009
Moro, Ore. – Authors Jane Kirkpatrick and Keith May will sign their books at the Sherman County Historical Museum’s annual Christmas Open House and Museum Store Sale on Saturday, December 5th in Moro.
Jane Kirkpatrick of Moro will sign books from 11 until 2 and will make a presentation at 1 p.m. Keith May of Pendleton will be on hand to sign books from 10 until 2.
Jane Kirkpatrick is a writer, speaker, teacher and mental health professional. Her award-winning essays, articles, and humor have appeared in over fifty publications. She's written 14 novels and three non-fiction books, including the Wrangler award-winning book A Sweetness to the Soul <http://jkbooks.com/index.php?id=64> , a story inspired by an essay a Depression-era Sherman County school boy wrote about his relatives - the Sherars. Her titles have been finalists for the Oregon Book Award, the Spur Award from Western Writers, Reader's Choice and the WILLA Literary Award of Women Writing the West. Her novel A Tendering in the Storm was named a Christy Finalist and won the WILLA Literary Award for Best Original Softcover Fiction for 2008.
Jane grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Oregon in 1974 after completing her master's degree in social work. She became the director of the mental health program in Deschutes County and eventually retired from there to homestead in Sherman County with her husband Jerry and begin a new adventure in writing, working on the Warm Springs Reservation, growing watermelons, and attempting to grow grapes, alfalfa and cattle. Their new life included “clearing sagebrush and wrestling wind and rattlesnakes" along the John Day River in a remote area known locally as Starvation Point. She worked for 17 years as a mental health and educational consultant on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon with Native American and non-Indian communities, a position she left in 2002.
Keith May, a native of Pendleton, grew up in The Dalles, graduating from The Dalles High School and the University of Oregon. A veteran teacher, he was the first male first grade teacher in Umatilla County since pioneer days. He is an instructor for continuing education courses throughout the Pacific Northwest, taking teachers out in the field to see Oregon Trail sites, ghost towns and historic architecture. He specializes in the history of Pendleton, The Dalles, Walla Walla and Wallowa County. Keith was named Outstanding College Educator of the Year in 1995 by the Oregon/California Trails Association, and in 2009 received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Education Award for teaching citizenship. He serves on the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council.
Keith is the author of several books, some of them out of print: A Tour Pendleton's Historic Homes; Ghosts of Times Past: A Road Trip of Eastern Oregon Ghost Towns; Finding the Trail in Oregon: A Guide to Sites, Museums and Ruts; A Field Guide to Historic Pendleton; A Field Guide to Historic The Dalles; Living on the Dry Side of Oregon: Comments by the Cosmic Cowboy; Living on the Dry Side of Oregon: Back in the Saddle; Pendleton: A Short History of a Real Western Town. His newest work is “The Pendleton Style Inventory: A Compendium of Building Styles, History and Other Trivia About the Houses and Commercial Buildings of Pendleton, Oregon. Keith is married to Christina Rae May, author of Pioneer Clothing on the Oregon Trail.
For a full day, on December 5th events at Sherman Jr/Sr High School will offer opportunities to have a spaghetti lunch with old friends, support the Sherman Scholarship Bazaar, purchase your Christmas tree and Lion’s Club fruit, whisper in Santa’s ear, cheer for your favorite basketball team, and enjoy a special program: “Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957.”
Downtown Moro shops and the Museum will be open from 10 until 4 o’clock.