Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Indoor-Outdoor History Camp

Today it was a trip to Dale's Barber Shop in Old Town Sherwood followed by an archeological dig on Chehalem Mountain
Lilly said she never saw a bunch of kids work this hard. They played hard too...
A traditional round of Red Rover at Veterans Park.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

History School Project

"Don't forget to put the iron back on the stove and grab one that's still hot." says the instructor. With their eleven year old imaginations, these kids have no difficulty experiencing how tough it was to keep house in 1900. (Believe it or not, these guys are having fun!)


"Monday was wash day. Tuesday was ironing day.

"In those days, an iron was an iron! It was a six or seven pound wedge of metal that would retain its heat for only a few minutes. A man's shirt generally required two irons. Several irons would be heating while one was working. Some folks could not afford irons with handles. They would use the same handle for each iron, or they would protect their hand with a thick potholder.

"Irons were heated on a wood fire stove. You had to keep a blazing hot fire going in the stove, even in summer, in order to get the ironing done. Such stoves generate soot. The irons became dirty as they were heating on the stove. They had to be cleaned frequently and if the soot was too thick, they had to be sanded and scraped. If you got the soot on the clean white shirt you were ironing, the shirt would have to be washed all over again."

--from Robert Caro's The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power Page 510

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Snyders of Snyder Park

Lilly Morgan and Mrs. Snyder compare notes at the public park named after the Snyder Family who owned this property from 1868 till its recent purchase by the City of Sherwood.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Workin' on the Buildin'

About a half dozen Rotarians skipped church this morning in order to keep the Smock House project on track. Lilly was there to spur them on with that good old Gospel song, "If I was a liar, I'll tell you what I would do. /I would quit my li-yin' and work on the building too. /I'm a-working on the buildin'....."

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Tickling Those Ivories

Thanks to a generous party, Morback House now has a piano. Unfortunately, none of us in the Historical Society knows how to play. Museum patrons Jerry and Jan Larson of Tualatin dropped by just in time to rescue us.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Historic Maple Tree Break Down

Tree Surgeons Clean Up the Mess
It just might be the only surviving remnant of Sherwood's famous 1893 Shade Tree Ordinance. The Maple Tree near the corner of 3rd and Main finally lost several its branches and possibly its life yesterday morning around 10:00. The owners of the tree used to play among its enormous branches when they were children. The falling limbs damaged the house and knocked the garage off its foundation... but it is the possible loss of the tree that is causing the family the most grief.

Friday, June 02, 2006

On the Oregon Trail

Fourth Graders Pulling Home Made Covered Wagons across Veterans Park, Oldtown Sherwood.
About 300 Middleton School Fourth Graders logged a round trip journey of six miles today, probably more than half their parents could have done pulling a heavy load behind them. (Even our ancestors used oxen!) The purpose was to get a better understanding of what it was like to travel the Oregon Trail. The trek is an annual event sponsored by Sherwood Schools, with the Sherwood Heritage Center as a major stopover.
Fourth Graders learning how to handle tools of a long gone generation. Their diligence proved that if they had to survive this way again, they would master these ancient crafts in a hurry.

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A Place in Time by June Reynolds

History Book $30
Christmas Chair by June Reynolds

Reynolds Fiction $12
Heritage Trail Guide by Clyde List
Trail Guide $5
The Folks CD
The Folks $7
Sherwood Centennial Cook Book
Cook Book $7.50
Renaissance Singers CD
Renaissance Singers $15
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Melody Guy

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