Moro, OR – Adventure, fun and education were a winning combination for third and fourth graders at Sherman County Historical Museum’s Forty Winks – A Museum Sleep-over in July.
Eight youngsters - Brianna McKinney, Lexi Grenvik, Reese Blake, Paige McLeod, CJ Johnson, Emma Stutzman, Jared Fritts, Caleb Fritts - enjoyed dinner, outdoor games, a treasure hunt, prizes, a flashlight tour of exhibits, flashlight tag, the movie A Night at the Museum, and forty winks while camped out in the Oregon Trail exhibit for a short night before breakfast.
Sherman County teachers Susan Case and Hannah Kaseberg and Sherman students and 4-H camp counselors Amanda Perisho, Jessica Kaseberg and Krista Perisho collaborated with Museum volunteers to make this a memorable summer event.
4-H Leader Nancy Allen organized a group project to churn cream to butter for bread baked on site for a late night bedtime snack.
Storyteller Forest Peters Makelim made an appearance as a grizzled Oregon Trail pioneer with advice on planning a trip to Oregon, setting the stage for an Oregon Trail book given to each child.
Museum volunteer Gladys Wesley developed an interesting and challenging treasure hunt that took teams to all corners of the museum. Wesley also made arrangements for the two meals.
When darkness fell, the youngsters, with flashlights in hand, inspected the old county jail exhibit on the museum grounds where they were startled to find prisoners inside – young actors in costume, Karolyn Kaseberg and Chloe Van Gilder.
A flashlight discovery tour of the exhibit, Cultivation, Conservation and Clothespins, offered a unique impression of local history and artifacts. Imagine all those flashlights and shadows in this large exhibit space and then flashlight tag in Moro City Park!
Months in the planning by the Museum Team, funding for this event was made possible by Barbara Riper’s Children’s Fund in memory of her father, John Kenneth Kaseberg.