Sherman County Historical Society and Museum
Open Daily 10 until 5 May through October
Kids . . . 
take the challenge!

Visit the Sherman County Historical Museum with a printout of this page and see how far you can go.

  • Giles French was a respected newspaper publisher and owner. What were his other achievements?
  • We have not always had electricity and dams. How did we light our homes? How did we refrigerate food?
  • Before e-mail communication, how did people communicate? Give examples of communication tools and equipment found here.
  • Before television, people entertained themselves. An early television set is displayed.  Can you find evidence of entertainment tools and equipment in the museum?
  • Has the U. S. flag always had 50 stars?  48?  How many stars are on flags found here?
  • Baby chairs have not changed much over time.  Describe this one.
  • School desks and supplies have changed over time.  How? 
  • Kitchen tools and equipment have changed greatly since 1900.  Describe the changes and the reasons.
  • How have children's toys changed? 
  • What are your feelings about the dental tools and equipment seen here? 
  • Before computers,  we used other office equipment.  Find examples of office equipment.
  • The U.S. has been involved in a number of wars and conflicts.  Objects related to some of these are displayed here. Name the conflicts or wars.
  • Describe a military uniform.  What can you assume from looking at it? When was it worn? 
  • Oregon Trails, Rails and Roads in Sherman County!  What band or tribe of Indians lived along Sherman County rivers, the Columbia, John Day and Deschutes?
  • Describe the Native American seasonal round.  What does it tell us about the lives of the first people here?
  • An atlatl dart embedded in a mammal vertebra is especially interesting.  How could this happen?
  • Some petroglyphs and pictographs from the county’s border rivers are reproduced here. What do you think about these designs?  Make a rubbing from design replicas to take home! 
  • Find the fossil mammoth tooth.  Describe this animal that lived here thousands of years ago.
  • What does the mural tell you about life in Sherman County?
  • Who were two early explorers in this region?
  • Two Oregon Trails cross Sherman County, a little known fact. Locate the main Trail.  Locate the Cutoff to the Barlow Road. 
  • List the provisions packed for the trip to Oregon during the Great Migration.
  • A significant Oregon Trail diary is displayed.  Describe what your 1853 Oregon Trail diary might have recorded.
  • How do you feel about the ox yokes?  What images do they bring to you?
  • Sherman County’s first white settlers were inn keepers, ferrymen and stockmen.  When did farmers homestead here?
  • What does homestead mean?  How did families obtain land?
  • Most people do not know that steamboats were built in Sherman County along the Columbia River.  Name these.
  • What was the Sherman County rail line called?
  • Wheat Through The Ages!  The story begins in The Fertile Crescent.  Where is that?  What does that have to do with wheat in Sherman County?
  • Why is research important to wheat growers and consumers?
  • What is a drill? A combine
  • Name three authors who wrote something about wheat.
  • Why is the Port of Portland important to Sherman County wheat growers?
  • What is a rod weeder?  Is it unique to this region?
  • Describe summer fallow farming?  How unique to this region is this practice?
  • Why is harvest the most important annual event on Earth?
  • What services were provided by the town blacksmith?  Did the farmer have these skills as well?
  • Leather is very important to farmers.  How is it used and who produced and maintained leather goods?
  • Why are there so many varieties of wheat?
  • How is wheat transported to market?  How has this changed over the centuries?
  • How is wheat stored after harvest? 
  • How do farmers sell wheat?  How do they know when to sell and at what price?
  • Describe the data transmission monitor’s delivery of information.  Many farmers subscribe to this service and use this technology.
  • Once upon a time, horse power drove the gear that drove the belt that drove the stationary threshing machine that threshed the wheat that was cut by the header and hauled by the header wagon!!!  Find the header, header wagon, horse power (sweep) and  the stationary threshing machine that were used in Jordan Valley near the Idaho border in the 1870s.
  • The well-known DeMoss family missionary musicians traveled abroad and across the U.S. In the 1890s they bought a stage coach.  Describe what it must have been like to ride from Moro to Sacramento.
  • Describe how the reaper cuts grain.
  • This tractor is operational and has a magnificent sound! Something like a huge “Put - Put - Put.”  What powers the Holt 75 tractor?  How was it used?
  • What did you like best?
  • Do you have suggestions for improving this museum experience? 


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