Moro, Oregon –
The Museum Team, Sherman County Historical Museum, July 2011
The Museum Team
Sherman County Historical Museum
Every Thursday 10-4
Our mission is to gather, preserve, research, interpret, exhibit & publish
materials related to the history of Sherman County.
The all-volunteer Museum Team
1. Artifact Collections: Volunteers installed a new computer, printer and scanner in the archives, programmed a data logger to monitor humidity and temperature in storage and in exhibits, assigned registration numbers to incoming artifacts, and removed powder from bullets received for the collections. Wagon wheels and an axle for the horse-power (sweep) are in the hands of a restoration wheelwright.
2. Exhibits: The Museum Team is taking steps to display the large equipment used in the Sherman County Journal office! Volunteers tagged and measured Journal artifacts in order to plan space for this exhibit and will welcome others who want to join the Exhibit Team for this exciting project! Volunteers cut muslin squares for the crayon rubbings, inventoried the multi-page displays and conducted research for writing exhibit labels – the grain protein analyzer and an incubator.
3. Events: The Riverside Quilters are featured in July as part of the Sherman County Artist Series. Our 40 Winks – A Museum Sleep-over, our Deschutes River scenic tours and our free family night, Taxidermy with Joe, in June were very successful!
4. Museum Hosts – serving in rotation on the front lines – are the friendly folks who greet visitors and offer interpretive exhibits, genealogy services, travel guides, maps and brochures, directions to local sites and businesses and more!
5. The Museum Store is required (by the IRS) to offer inventory that is related to the collections. Think books, maps, locally-made Sherman County Rocky Roads (chocolate) and kitchen towels with wheat embroidery, windmill-turbine-wheat design t-shirts, postcards and packets with historic photos, and Sherman County: For the Record, published twice-yearly since 1983!
6. Marketing: In Wasco Electric Cooperative’s July issue of Ruralite Magazine, Bing Bingham described volunteers’ activities with management of the collections and visions for the future. Volunteers maintain the Website and Facebook page, submit news releases that market the museum and county businesses, participate in John Day River Territory and Eastern Oregon Visitors Association marketing efforts and Travel Oregon workshops, distribute brochures beyond county borders, and maintain the Visitor Information Center racks in the Museum lobby. The 4-H Garden Club distributed brochures to tourism businesses in the County. Have you seen the signs inside the kiosk on Highway 97 in downtown Moro?
7. Maintenance & Operations: The Guys Team installed exhibit photos, mounted plaques, repaired drip irrigation lines, resolved farm implement safety issues, secured artifacts, and replaced the flag pole rope and track flood lamps. The Schlecht family cleaned up the weeds at the Oregon Trail monument at the John Day River Oregon Trail Crossing. Oregon Youth Conservation Corps will be on hand one day in August for grounds maintenance. Our downtown Moro woodworker refinished a bench for the Visitor Information Kiosk, and contractors are studying attic condensation recommendations.