Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Clyde List Editorial: The Middle East


"This crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take awhile." --George W. Bush in 2001

"President Bush's use of the word 'crusade' was most unfortunate" --Soheib Bensheikh, Grand Mufti of the mosque in Marseille, France.

Peter the Hermit leading the First Crusade, as depicted in Abreviamen de las estorias, 14th century.<br />© The British Library/Heritage-ImagesTo this very day, moslems freak when they hear a Western leader say the word 'crusade.' When my German ancestors watched the First Crusade romp through their barley fields in 1099, they felt no different. The First Crusade was basically a motley procession of people on foot-- not only soldiers, but also country people, women and kids. It was obvious to anyone that these crusaders "...had altogether lost their wits."

But Germany's reluctance to (ta-da!)"Join the Crusade" did not last long. They soon helped lead the procession. I can just see an 11th Century Collin Powell (i.e. Peter the Hermit) going to a 11th Century united nations with the kind of evidence that was considered incontrovertible back then. It was reported that ...a woman after two years gestation finally gave birth to a boy who was able to talk; and that a child with a double set of limbs, another with two heads, and some lambs with two heads were also born; and that colts came into the world with great teeth, which we ordinarily call horses' teeth and which nature only grants to three-year old horses.... through these and similar signs the whole creation seemed to offer its services to the Creator. --Medieval Source Book

Oh! There you go! Even a glued to the party line semi-amusing milk-toast like Rush Limbaugh would agree. Case closed! Middle East, here we come. Grab your hat and staff and off the deep end we go!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Request for Information

Mention has been made several times about the Long Acre Store that was at the intersection of Brookman and Old Hwy 99. It seems to come up starting in the 1930s. Who owned it? Who worked there? What do we know about it? Could you set that on the blog to see if we get any info?? I'd like to find an old photo of it as well.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Oh Wow!

Click the photos to get a better close up. A rare gust of snow has made Old Sherwood Town even more spectacular than usual. A rare guest from the University of Oregon has also left her calling card (Right Photo), as though an angel had crashed to the ground. Below/Right, is a photo we took on the way home from the Heritage Center on the 20th. These guys on their hands and knees are building an igloo. They said they learned how twenty years ago, the last time it really snowed in Sherwood! How those guys on the Left climbed up to finish that snowman is anybody's guess! The ice-encased apples are left over from the Christmas party.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

The Weary Children of Sherwood Oregon USA!

All summer long they ran along the trails at the Wildlife Refuge and the Cedar Creek green way searching for Robin Hood. And now it's winter and everyone says forget about Robin Hood. Go look for Santa Claus instead of Robin Hood. And so now the weary children of Sherwood leave the shady greenwood behind and search the lighted pathways of Old Sherwood Town instead. They arrive, breathless and worn, at the Sherwood Heritage Center in search of an Enhanced Understanding of the Present built upon Links to the Past (per our Mission Statement, above) only to be met at the door by Esmerelda. The Christmas Cow. Oh boy!

Toddler contemplating a colorfully decorated Cookie.Two Photos. Ezmerelda the Christmas Cow contemplating an ez-merized toddler.

Once kids figured out that Esmerelda the Christmas Cow (Top, Middle) was nothing more than Sherwood Historical Society Past President June Reynolds Acting Weird Again, they got onto what was happening inside Morback House. The Model Train exhibit (Below) was a hit for sure!

Children leaning against the Model Train exhibit at Morback House.Favorite Comment Heard in the Train Room:
"You know what the Trail Guide said this summer? He said it was so quiet here that people thought they could hear the water falls at Oregon City!"

Christmas Parade Upstaged by the Almighty

Rail Road Street with People Marching in Foreground and Beautiful Sunset in Background.
Tonight's tree lighting ceremony was a pretty pathetic affair
compared to the spectacle overhead.
God often has a way of spoiling our best laid plans.

Railroad Street viewed from the Library.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Message from Historical Society President!

Hi JayCee,

Would you please put an article about what's happening at
the Morback House on Saturday on the blog? (Okay!)
Musicians from Pieter Breughal's Peasant Wedding and from Morback House porch.
The Tualatin Brass will perform on the porch, (Okay!)
The Sherwood Renaissance Singers will have a sing-a-long, (Okay!)
Renaissance Singers and the Sherwood Chorale performing in the Living Room at Morback House.
and The Decorated Tree Raffle drawing will be at 5:30 p.m. (Okay!)
--Thanks, Polly

Christmas Tree Raffle Winners take Their Prize out the Front Door at Morback House!
(Woah! There goes the tree! It was the winners'
first Christmas in Sherwood. How cool!)

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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

The Sherwood Heritage Center is a project of the Sherwood Historical Society