Thursday, March 22, 2007

High School Meets History Society Meets...

...the Rainbow Rebekahs. Sherwood Historian and Author June Reynolds came to Rebekah Hall today and introduced two of her history students. She holds a copy of her book (featured above) and discussed the History Society's busy agenda for this year. Most of the Rebekahs are already members of the Sherwood Historical Society. Later this week at Rebekah Hall:

...Sherwood Historical Society President Joan serves at the First Annual Spaghetti Feed Saturday night, March 24. Special thanks to Alice and Velma!

Rebekahs held their Thursday April 26 meeting at Morback House during the aprons show.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Robin Hood's Tree

Photograph Courtesy Wikipedia article on 'Major Oak'.

"The Major Oak is a huge Oak tree near the village of Edwinstowe in the heart of Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England. According to local folklore, it was Robin Hood's headquarters. It weighs an estimated 23 tons, has a waistline of 33 feet, and is about 800-1000 years old." --Wikipedia Article

A longtime resident of Sherwood, Oregon U.S.A. possesses two oak trees that have the DNA of this, the most famous oak tree in the world. He would like to donate them to Sherwood but so far, no one has raised their hand. Says he: "These are two English Oaks, grand-children of the famous Major Oak in Sherwood Forest in Nottingham UK. Currently, they sit in 12 gallon tubs, but I am feeling they should be planted this year. My first preference is for the City of Sherwood to get them."

[Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.]

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Friends of Old Town (FOOT)

Old Sherwood Town's leading defenders discuss the future of their business environment while snacking at The Lavender Teahouse. This morning, City Councilman Lee Weislogel (not pictured) got an earful regarding a number of history preservation issues in Old Town, including the fate of the old school house. In the foreground, Sherwood Historical Society Director Shelly scribbles furiously.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Citizen Protest!

The City of Sherwood has taken the rug out from under the Arts Commission by taking away the building they were trying to make into a performing arts venue--The Old Sherwood School in what we hope will still be Old Town Sherwood, if they don't bulldoze it down. We tried to get Mc Menamin's in on this but they are over-extended two years out. We cannot depend on them alone to save every old building in the metro area, just as our Historical Society cannot save all the buildings in town. We need to act and act fast or one of the most significantly beautiful buildings will go! Please help us save the Old School House from being torn down just so someone can build another townhouse ghetto!!

(signed)June Reynolds, Sherwood Citizen

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

What would Abraham Lincoln say?

Lincoln Profile ViewThoughts after reading Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. (Simon and Schuster, 2005)--

What would Abraham Lincoln say about the war that's going on in Iraq today? Would President Bush and his war on Iraq remind Lincoln of President Polk and his war with Mexico? Would he see Bush, like Polk, "...running hither and thither like some tortured creature on a burning surface, finding no position on which to settle down and be at ease..."? Would Illinois Senator Lincoln, after being branded a traitor and losing his bid for reelection because of his opposition to the Mexican War, understand the quandary of those who oppose the Iraq War today? If President Bush could have consulted Lincoln about going to war in the first place, would Lincoln have warned him against the age old deception of war: "...that serpent's eye which charms to destroy..."?

We will never know.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Barn Dance Music

This joyful sound was found in a well-worn piece of sheet music donated to Morback House museum today. It's a barn dance. As patriarch of this town, I hereby command all citizens of Sherwood Oregon U.S.A. to download and play this tune every morning on their way to work or play. Please understand: That's an order! --Yours Truly: J.C. Smock

Barn Dance at Champoeg, 2005

Click on the lyric in order to hear the tune itself:

It was "Morning, Cy! Howdy, Cy!
Gosh darn, Cyrus, but you're looking spry.
Right in line, all the time,
Jimminy Cricket, but you're looking fine.
Morning, Cy! Howdy, Cy!"
Every rube around the town would cry,
"Howdy do, Same to you."
And when they saw him coming,
It was, "Morning, Cy!"

"Morning Cy!" by Atteridge and Peters (1908).

Blog Archive

Things for Sale at the Museum

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
Melody Guy CD

Melody Guy

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