News Release. January 11, 2010
Sherman Museum Featured in Best of Oregon Mansions and Museums
~ Sherry Kaseberg, Director, Sherman County Historical Museum
Sherman County’s national award-winning Sherman County Historical Museum is included in Best of Oregon and Washington’s Mansions, Museums and More, A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Pacific Northwest’s Historic and Cultural Treasures.
Historic and cultural destinations in Oregon and Washington are presented by category – museums and mansions – and by geographic location. Nine destinations are featured in a section on Oregon’s Cascade Range: Sherman County Historical Museum, The Museum at Warm Springs, A.R. Bowman Museum in Prineville, Des Chutes Historical Museum and The High Desert Museum at Bend, Newberry National Volcanic Monument Lava Lands Visitor Center, Crater Lake National Park Visitor Center, Favell Museum and Klamath County Museum in Klamath Falls.
In the Columbia River Gorge section, the Hood River Museum and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Wasco County Historical Museum are two of seven destinations featured. Some tours and information centers are included.
Trivia questions are presented for each section, including this one, “Where can you see a springtooth, a chisel plow and a rod weeder?”
Sherman County Historical Museum’s all-volunteer staff is surprised – and pleased, of course, having had no notice of the authors’ visit. The two page description of the Museum includes a photograph of the period kitchen in the exhibit, Cultivation, Conservation and Clothespins! The reader is told, “Don’t Miss This: The fancy farm worker chuck wagon.”
The reviewers note artifact-rich exhibits with plenty of photographs making the connection between the people and the work, from the Native Americans and early explorers to the immigrants, and their trails, rails and roads. Highlighted are the unusual, round Lambert typewriter, the Native American “food wheel” (seasonal round), wheat varieties, wheat food products, “an old farm house with its kitchen,” a meat storage locker, and the “traveling cafeteria” for ranch hands (cook shack) on wheels… all with “excellent written descriptions” for most of the artifacts explaining what they are and how they worked.
Released nationwide in November, the publisher—Wilderness Press— earlier published two travel guides, The Wine-Oh! Guide to California’s Sierra Foothills and Best of California’s Missions, Mansions and Museums. The latter won a national award for best travel guide in the country.
The Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro is open daily May through October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information see www.shermanmuseum.org <http://www.shermanmuseum.org> .