July 24, 2012
Sherman County Historical Museum's New Exhibit Receives Positive Reviews
Moro, Ore. – The Sherman County Journal: Paper, Ink & Presses, Sherman County Historical Museum’s new exhibit, is receiving positive reviews for presentation and scholarship.
The Journal collection purchase was made possible by 172 individual donors, two charitable foundations, Sherman County Cultural Coalition and Sherman County Development League.
Stored unseen for several years, last November over 20 volunteers ages 17 to 82 logged in over 600 hours for cleaning and preserving the Linotype machine, type cabinets, presses, folding machine, lead caster, lead cutter, tools, Graphotype plate maker and Addressograph. As a safety and preservation measure, Metro Rigging Company of Portland moved the collection twice, out of storage for cleaning, then into the museum.
For four months, volunteers engaged in planning, research, writing, design and construction of the exhibit and educational fact cards.
The Museum’s exhibit team leader, Myrna Melzer, who was on a temporary leave of absence during this project, commends the Journal exhibit team for what she considers, “a most professional, high quality exhibit with workmanship just out of this world. The finishing touches, the credit and donor panels, are now in place, and visitors will enjoy the quotes-by-locals panels overhead.”
Exhibit fund donors include Emily Apple, Shirley & Art Decker, Nancy & John Fields, Mark Fields, Jessica Franco, Jane & Bill Frees, Milton Fridley, Kendal Hansen, Carrie & Chris Kaseberg, Sherry & Larry Kaseberg, Elizabeth & Gene Koch, Shirley McCullough, Thelma Sather, Sherman County Cultural Coalition, Clarice & Latrelle Smoot and Rory Wilson.
The Journal exhibit team took great care in the preservation and research of this historic collection, removing ink, oil and decades of grime. Volunteers who worked from November until May were Kathleen Ahearn, Nancy Allen, Emily Apple, Dorothy Benson, Mary Lou Dennis, Austin Doolin, Eric Doolin, Mike Doolin, Terri Earl, John Fields, Mark Fields, Nancy Fields, Tracy Fields, Trevor Fields, Dale Frey, Vicki Frey, Terry Fuhrer, April Gaffney, Jim Gaffney, Merva Haley, Randy Hilderbrand, Mark Karlichek, Chris Kaseberg, Larry Kaseberg, Sherry Kaseberg, Kenton Mathewson, Jean McKinney, Myrna Melzer, Keith Mobley, Verne Mobley, Patricia R. Moore, Johnathan Rolfe, Lowell Smith, MacLaren Stinchfield, Jack Thompson, Amber Tilton, Chloe Van Gilder, Sheri Van Gilder and Katie Wooderson.
The Sherman County Cultural Coalition helped make this project possible with a $500 grant for cleaning supplies. Conservators, museum professionals and newspaper publishers provided technical assistance.
On another note, Melzer reports that re-installation of the Sherman County Fair exhibit is underway, and that the Sherman County Artist Series features Quilts from the Collections this month.
This national award-winning museum in Moro is open daily from ten until five o’clock. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/shermancountymuseum and www.shermanmuseum.org <http://www.shermanmuseum.org> or call the Museum at 541-565-3232.