Monday, December 21, 2009

"Can You Play Jingle Bells?"

This year, the Corvallis Book Fair was serenaded by Sherwood's own banjo meister, Clyde List. The place didn't get hopping until a group of carolers from the local University dropped in.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Columbus Day Storm Pictures Emerge.

"After recently reading about the progress of the redevelopment of the Portland Canning Co. site, I came across these photos taken the day after the Columbus Day Storm. As you can see, Portland Canning lost almost all of it's rolling stock stored in the pine grove north of the canning building." --Dennis Lively

COMMENT: The storm happened Oct. 12, 1962. The cannery closed in 1971. The processing of Sherwood area farm products continued for a while, after the Columbus Day Storm, but the axe was falling. This photo could just as easily be a cartoon about what the global economy did to a very important Sherwood enterprise that rescued a lot of families from starvation and sent a lot kids through college!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A New Book about Small Town Life

Ever since Sherwood Historical Society Secretary Clyde List served his one term as Mayor of Sherwood Oregon USA (1980-2), he has wondered about all the other people in America who have survived that job. A new book offers a glimpse into their lonely, desperate lives: MAYORS ACROSS AMERICA by Ed Morris.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Latest on Robin Hood!

The latest research on Robin Hood puts the legendary outlaw back in Sherwood Forest instead of Barnesdale. Just where we need him. The article is deep, but a photograph of the source material is a pretty sight to behold.

(Click Image to Enlarge. Note the Highlight on the words "Robin Hode" and "Sherwoode.")

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Clyde List Editorial: Thanksgiving Day 2009

The First Thanksgiving
by J.L.G. Ferris
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
NOTE: The Sherwood Historical Society does not endorse Clyde's Comments.

Thanksgiving is the celebration of a very positive historical incident that happened between some white people and the Native Americans a long, long time ago. But there was a lot more than that to celebrate. Please go to:
Forgotten Founders.
Spend some time imagining what America might been like if only the story had not taken such a desperately wrong turn. The page will make you very angry. Sorry to spoil your holiday! Happy Thanksgiving anyway.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Photo Refurbishing

It's amazing how much detail can be brought out of an old family photo. Here is a before and after portrait from the Aebischer family. The original was found among a large collection of photographs donated recently. Most were taken around the Mountain Home area. This photograph was artfully copied and retouched by our Sherwood Historical Society computer geek. (Click to Enlarge.)

Chet's last Go Round

The caption for this post card photo reads:

This is to express my appreciation of your friendship during my thirty years as your Rural Carrier -- Chet Tooze.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

England is Paying Attention!

A book by the Sherwood historian June Reynolds has just appeared at Please leave a review so that people will know how much fun it is.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Clyde List Editorial: The Road to Butteville

It's too bad you can't walk from Sherwood to Butteville anymore. Butteville's where you caught that most charming of all American Frontier inventions: a stern wheeler. This ship might carry you North to Oregon City or South to Albany and Eugene. To experience this thrill (alas, no longer available to us today) you merely pointed your nose South and started walking. You followed (what we now call) Main Street onto Ladd Hill Road. Then you came to the Willamette River and caught the ferry boat across to Butteville. To an historian, the best part of the story is that Butteville has close ties to the most historically significant place in the entire Pacific Northwest: Champoeg. As historians, our task is clear: We must begin searching for people who lived along Ladd Hill Road, in order to get a clearer picture of Old Sherwood Town's relationship to the historical epicenter of this place called "The Oregon Country."

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

President Polly Rises (from the Dead as It Were!) to Say:

I DARE THE CHILDREN OF SHERWOOD TO JOIN ME on October 23rd and again on October 29th, 30th and 31st for music, zombies and thrills when the Sherwood Heritage Center presents

a "Thriller" Haunted House

featuring Michael Danforth as Michael Jackson.Smock House, built in 1868, and Morback House, older than time itself, will provide the backdrop for a very thrilling Haunted Halloween. Stories have been circulating for years about the Morback House being a place of REAL hauntings. This year we give you a chance to


Halloween activities will include pumpkin decorating, face painting, games, concessions, and an age appropriate haunted house. Activities for ages 11 and under will take place from 4 - 6 p.m. The cost is $3.00 per child and is free for accompanying adult. From 7 - 10 PM we ramp up the thrills for ages 12 and 70. The cost is $5.00 per person.

On Halloween night come prepared to participate. We will have prizes for the best Halloween costume and the best "Thriller" scream! Proceeds go to the Sherwood Heritage Center/Museum of course. If you would like to be a scare-er instead of a scare-ee, then call 503-625-4813, or the Museum itself (503-625-1236) Be one of the

Zombie dancers in the Thriller recreation.

We may not be able to match London or New York but this will still be a lot of fun.

On a serious note, the date for The Sherwood Historical Society's Annual Membership Meeting has been set for November 30, from 4:30 to 6:30. We will have election of officers, a projected budget, and discussion about next year's projects. Cookies and punch will be provided. You should be receiving a Historical Society newsletter soon which will include your membership dues notice for 2010. (You will notice the dues have remained the same; as a matter of fact, they've never been increased. Do you think it's time for an increase, or is this a particularly bad time for an increase. Let us know what you think.)

On a lighter note, this weekend is your last chance, Friday and Saturday, at 7 p.m. to see an original work of our own: A June Reynolds Play being performed at the Frogpond Grange, 27350 SW Stafford Rd., Wilsonville, OR 97070. "A Ferry Tale, Wilsonville, Oregon's Transportation Town" is a play performed by the Wilsonville Theater Company about Wilsonville's early years. Tickets are $10 for Adults, and $7 for children & Seniors. Former Mayor of Sherwood Clyde List is a prominant member of the cast.

We'll see you soon. Brewhahahaha! Polly Blankenbaker 503-625-6435

Friday, October 02, 2009

June Reynolds Play at Wilsonville

Sherwood Historical Society member Clyde List plays his banjo in "A Ferry Tale", a play by Sherwood author-historian June Reynolds. The two act play opened October 2 and played for two weekends at historic Frogpond Grange in Wilsonville.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Old Sherwood Town Protest.

What are these people protesting? Why have they come to Robin Hood for help?


Monday, September 07, 2009

Sherwood Banjo Picker at Champoeg

Sherwood Historical Society Secretary Clyde List plays while the story teller waits for more customers at Champoeg September 6, 2009. It was the annual Champoeg Farmstead Day. The picture was taken by noted artist/photographer Fred K. Hahn of Lake Oswego. Fred has produced a large collection of oil paintings illustrating traditional tradesmen at work and historical characters of the 19th century.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

"My Life is in Danger!"

Those were the very words Anna Reisner said to the Sherwood Town Council. It's an outrage that such a thing should happen here in one of America's finest small towns! What are we fine citizens of Sherwood Oregon USA going to do about it?!

We'll let it happen again of course. Why not? (We should probably add that the year was 1896, and that Anna was the saloon keeper's mother in law.)

Come to the Historical Society's 8th Annual Trail Days Festival Saturday or Sunday, September 26 & 27, 2009. The walk begins on the corner of First and Main in Old Town at 10:00AM and 1:00PM.

The Mayor of Sherwood (the one we have now) will give a speech to save poor Anna, just in time for Oregon's 150th Anniversary.

Learn to Talk Chinookan!

Re-Visioning This Place: Chinookan Communities on the Lower Columbia River. Saturday, September 19th – 10:30 am – 3:30 pm. Special day rate: $2 off each admission

You are invited to a very special day of crafts, demonstrations, presentations and delicious food with leaders of the Chinookan Nation. The Center for Columbia River History and the Oregon Council for the Humanities are teaming up with the Columbia River Maritime Museum to celebrate Chinook history and culture.

Make a button blanket, string beads or watch carving demonstrations on the Museum plaza. Enjoy a discussion on early trade materials by Dr. Ken Ames, from Portland State University. Learn the Chinookan jargon (Chinuk wawa) with Evan Gardner. Jim Sayce, Washington State Historical Society, and Charlie Funk, Chinook Nation, will examine the importance of Middle Village.

This one day event is designed for adults and children and will feature arts and crafts of a time when the Chinookan communities dominated the landscape. Imagine a time when canoes plied the Columbia River and its tributaries and controlled all trade into the interior. Learn all about the Chinook culture from Ray Gardner and Sam Robinson, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Chinook Nation.

Those of you familiar with the CHINUK ili’I (pronounced chin-ook-e-lee-e) food tent at Sunday Market will be happy to know that Don and Jody Abing will be selling their delicious Chinookan Fry Bread in various forms at this historic event. Look for their tent on the Museum plaza. The specifics of the day’s scheduled programs are listed on THE COLUMBIA RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM’s web-site at CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Robin Hood goes to Salem.

Robin Hood AKA State Representative Wingard takes a stand on poaching. Sherwood's State Representative Wingard actually sported a Robin Hood hat recently when he rose to speak about House Bill 3089, which imposes large fines for poaching in Oregon. According to his web site, "In the spirit of Sherwood's annual Robin Hood festival, Rep. Matt Wingard rose on the Floor last April to recall the story of Robin Hood, who was outlawed for poaching deer in the royal forest. Because the killing of the king's deer was considered treason, the fine was punishable by death." Representative Wingard actually opposes poaching, unlike Robin Hood. But then again, so do we. Be patient. The narrative will work itself out. AT RIGHT: Rep Wingard on the Floor of the Salem House, August.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Your Civic Ancestors, Continued

So far we can only identify five of the WWI Vets in our 1939 Legion Hall Photo: Otto Ficken, Fred Rucker MD, Ken Blankensop, Earl Reiser Sr., and Art Rupprecht are pictured above. Click the Legion Hall Photo [at Left] and leave a comment if you can identify more than that. Every one of these champions deserves to be remembered.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

News from Tualatin!

Hello TUALATIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY members and friends,
We have another great outdoor Summer event for you. Join us for theatre on theTualatin Heritage Center patio this weekend to see a modern adaptation of slapstick comedy known as Commedia dell'arte originating in Italy about 1450. A troupe of Portland area actors known as Masque Alfresco performs Goldoni's "The Liar" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs and picnic and enjoy some fun for the whole family. While the event is free, a hat will be passed at the end of the show to express appreciation for the actors' talent and time. See for more details. Regards, Larry McClure and Lindy Hughes
Tualatin Heritage Center. 503-885-1926

What Else? We Have No Idea What This Man is Talking About...

...but it sounds interesting. As follows:

"Our August "train trek" will leave Tualatin's WES station at 8:59 a.m. and connect with MAX to travel to Gresham for a stroll in the historic downtown area and enjoy a coffee break. We will then head back to downtown Portland for a tour of the Portland Classical Chinese Garden ($7.50 for seniors) and lunch on your own in the Pearl District. For those who want an option to the Chinese Garden, we have Portland Art Museum entry passes from Tualatin Library. Our downtown adventure will also include a visit to Multnomah County Library's new (free) traveling exhibit "Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country". We return to Tualatin about 4:30. Please register by 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 18 by calling the Tualatin Heritage Center: 503-885-1926."

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Ghost Hunters at Morback House!

What do real ghost busters look like? Forget the National Lampoon movie! These guys are for real. They are the North Oregon Paranormal Investigators!

Click the Image to see the YouTube video!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lilly Morgan's Chicken Escapes (Again)!

This summer, Lilly Morgan chased her pet chicken all the way around Mount Hood and wound up at Dufur, Oregon. The DUFUR THRESHING BEE was going on. If you want to know what Sherwood used to be like in the olden days that's what Dufur is today. Except that Mount Hood feels like it's standing in the wrong direction.


Willamette Farmer (Salem, Or.), July 13, 1883, Page 1 Town of Dufur, Wasco County. The editor of the Wasco Sun, who has been traveling south of The Dalles, says: The approach to Dufur was a surprise to us. We were delighted with its situation in a snug valley of the Fifteen Mile creek, whose merry waters made music and spread vigor upon the whole bottom. The view from some points was very fine. Its fine carpet of green grain and grass divided by the fences of the various estates upon the surface made us sigh for such a home. This snug place was named for and is the home of several members of the Dufur family, so long identified, and particularly through the elder Dufur, with most of the substantial industrial interests of Oregon. Mr. Andrew Dufur lives on the south side of the creek in a pleasant home. His bottom lands about the house were very desirable, and we noticed that he had taken a ditch across his lands from the creek upon the west side of the county road in order to irrigate his lands to the south of his residence. We visited Mr. Dufur and his wife while dinner was being got ready at the hotel, and were very cordially received. Mr. Harrison Dufur, our representative to the last legislature, lives about three miles up the valley,and, like his brother, is engaged in sheep and wool raising. The town has a first-rate blacksmith. The school-house, Odd Fellows' Hall and neat looking cottages and houses showed what can be done in a short time on good lands by pluck and go ahead.

Nigerian Scam Revisited

Here's another heart breaking Letter received in our Email this Morning. This time it's from Senegal instead of Nigeria.

Hi My Dear,
Good-day to u over there, how is life over there in your country?, I hope that you are in atmosphere of peace and love...
Please do not be surprise or get offended for receiving this message from me, It just that I have been obliged to lay a mere trust on you due to my situation here in the refugees camp. Having searched through the internet from where i get your email address i strongly believes in my heart that you must be honest and sincere person for me to disclose my life secrets for you to help me.
Let me first of all introduce my self to you, and I will require the best of your honesty after you knowing about me and whom that I am, I will really like us to have a good relationship in-spite of anything because I have this feeling that you will be honest and trusted person and you will not betray me.
I decided to contact you because of the urgency of my situation here and after reading your profile today i whole-heatedly decided to let you know more and more about me, Who knows? maybe you will be my savior, from this conditions i have found myself.
My name is _______________. The formal managing director of true capitalist industries Ltd in Monrovia the capital city of my country years past. My late father was one of the most richest business man in my country, in anything pertaining Gold and diamonds, but he was assassinated by the rebels and the treedy fellows in my country during the war, on his way down to the village with my two younger ones.
Therefore I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment I am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father.
Meanwhile I wanted to escape from Africa to any where in the world but she hides away my international passport and other valuable traveling documents. Luckily she did not discover where I kept my father’s File which contains important documents. So I decided to run to the refugees camp where I am presently seeking asylum under the Private charity organization for the Refugee here in Republic of Senegal. Life here in the refugees camp is very stressful and i honestly prays to move out from here as soon as you help me.
My late father of blessed memory deposited the sum of (Nine Million Seven Hundred Thousand US Dollars) in a Bank Europe with my name as the next of kin. However, I shall forward you with the necessary documents on confirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer of the funds to your bank accounts, on my behalf.... As you will help me in an investment and i will like to complete my studies in your country, as i was in my 1st year in the university, when the crisis started.
After the transfer you will arrange for my trip joining you over there. I tried all my possible best and explain my conditions here to the bank in Europe but they told me that my refugees status in Senegal does not permit me to such a transactions, unless i look for someone to help me,(maybe my relatives, trusted friends or partners).
To be sincere with you, i prefer to tell my secrets to a stranger because he/she will not have a mind to cheat me or betray me, not somebody here, if people here know that i have such funds i tell you my life will be in a total danger and risky here, that is why i am disclosing this to you with all my hearts and confidence that you will keep this confidential for my safety reasons and life purposes, i sincerely want to let you know that we will invest the fund together me and you, or if you don't intend staying with me then It will be my pleasure to compensate you with 15% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my investment capital.
This is the reason why I decided to contact you. Please all communications should be through this email address only for confidential purposes.. I this contact will lead us to a long term relationship that may lead us to somewhere better if we work well on it.
Well, as soon as I received your positive response showing your interest to help me, I will put things into action immediately. I will send the contacts of the bank in Europe so that you will contact them immediately for them to transfer the funds to your bank accounts, please this is a legitimate money and the bank is also aware that i am the next of kin because i have send them the documents where my late father written my name as the next of kin and they have also confirmed it and say that i should look for someone to help me facilitate the funds transfer, since i am in refugees camp.
In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this relationship and transaction sincerely.I am waiting for your urgent and positive response.
Please do keep this only to your self please I am on my kneels in the name of god, do not disclose this secret to anybody till i come over to your country, once the funds has been transferred.
Contact me on this email adderss is (
I will give you my phone number to be reaching me in my nest email...

Yours Sincerely,
F______ M______

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Music Man at Stella Olsen Park

BACKSTAGE in the GREEN ROOM Actors getting ready to perform The Music Man at Stella Olsen Park. In other words, my fellow Sherwood citizens, these people have come hither to deceive you. Yes! Right here in Sherwood Oregon! They will make you believe things that are not true. The year is 2009. Everyone knows that. But these rascals will convince you that it is really 1909. If you listen to them, you will wind up like a member of the Sherwood Historical Society, always searching through Old Town Sherwood for the way back!
The Music Man could have been about any Turn of the Century small town in America. The story about a shyster trombone salesman was perfect for Sherwood. We had it all: The controversy about pool halls, a barber shop quartet, a town band, and vaudeville shows. Once, the whole town emptied out and filled back up again-- just like the stage did Saturday night-- because of a false rumor that Farmer Peters had been gored by a bull. He must have been surprised by all the attention he got in one day! Any stranger in town got the same level of attention. A Music Man-type blew through in 1895 except that he was selling telephones. He walked off with $130 of the Town's money. Our own town father, J.C.Smock, was accused of swindling by the Hillsboro press. He was selling lightning rods that nobody needed. These stories, and more, can be found in the Old Town Minutes and newspapers.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Music on the Green

(BELOW) PHILOSOPHERS PLATO AND SHELLY AGREE: You shall not leave Music on the Green without a song in your heart and a Sherwood Historical Society Strawberry Shortcake in your belly.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sherwood Oregon USA Robin Hood Festival

This video was made by Friar Tuck, this year's Grand Marshal.

Sherwood Historian Knighted!

Kids call her weird. Now she's a weird Lady!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Heavenly Signs and Wonders

A few years ago during an Old Sherwood Town Tour, my guests and I were distracted by a circle around the Sun. Here's more information about such a strange event:

"Report from the Dominican Republic."

The best part about this link is that it was written by Mary Otte, a foolish beatnik who fled Sherwood as a child and now writes very thoughtful criticisms of the Mafia for the New York Post. (Woah! No wonder she's looking heaven-ward!)

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Robin Hood meets George Washington

If you went to History Camp, you already know all about the connection between Robin Hood and George Washington. Alas, the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival has to explain it all over again every time we go to Hillsboro to help celebrate the Fourth of July!

The cry 'Rob from the Rich. Give to the Poor' did not receive so many puzzled looks this year!

A Portland Rosarian even offered us gifts!

It's common knowledge that the American Revolution was a Robin Hood Festival that got carried away. Lots of old battle flags have Robin Hood-friendly images on them.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Visitors from Portland

A Century ago a visitor would be front page news in Sherwood. Now that two national magazines have labeled Sherwood one of the most livable towns in America, we've been getting all kinds of visitors.

TOP LEFT: Saturday's tour was organized by Metro and led by historian Laura O. Foster. The tour on the right is the annual one led by our good friend Peter Chausse. We're at Dale's Barber Shop in this photo. BOTTOM LEFT: About twenty children from Tigard visited Morback House today (Monday, July 1).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

History Camp at War

The business community of Old Town Sherwood survived several kid-raids today. Much metal was collected for the War Effort, along with "zillions of business cards." Bill Maplethorpe dropped by to explain the things that really mattered.

Monday, June 08, 2009

This 4th Grade was the Last of Its Kind!

This crop of 4th Graders was the last students in our school system who were born in the 1900s. No one after them will ever feel quite the same amount of sympathy for we who suffered through World War II and Viet Nam and the Hindenburg and all the rest. But we did our best to leave a good impression.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Sherwood 4th Graders at the Heritage Center

Guests from the Sherwood School District began their week long trek to the Sherwood Heritage Center today! We were happy to see so many Fourth Graders, but the ghost on the stairs at Moback House wasn't quite so sure!

The great thing about spending all Monday washing clothes was that you could look forward to spending all of Tuesday ironing them. No wonder so many European emigrants simply went out to the woods to live with the Native Americans!

Saturday, May 30, 2009


CLICK THIS IMAGE. PRINT IT OUT. BRING IT IN. This form is all the PAPERWORK you need to enroll in History Camp in 2009. Mail it to us or bring it along when you show up throughout June 22-26.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Town of Middleton Revealed!


Now we know what Middleton Oregon USA looked like from the air.

The place must have looked a lot like Sherwood, except that the streets were laid out long before there was a railroad. Harrison Street, Pearl Street, and Main Street (Middleton Road) are still traveled today.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Robin Hood Festival Video

Historian and Former Mayor Clyde List interviews Magician and former City Councilor Julian Thornton about his current career as King Richard Lion Heart. We would assume Thornton has gone completely mad, except that everyone else in the picture is suited up as well. It's a publicity photo shoot for the Robin Hood Festival (which doesn't happen until the 3rd week end in July). The conversation took place at Stella Olsen Park Saturday May 9. See the Robin Hood Festival Web Page for more photos.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

View from the Heritage Center

Ah yes, Sherwood in May. Robin Hood would have loved it.

According to the Sunday Oregonian: "A short but severe thunderstorm Saturday afternoon killed one person, cut power to about 30,000 people, capsized two sailboats, clogged traffic and knocked over trees across the Portland area."
--May 3, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Call for Artists!

The Parrett Mountain Farm is pleased to announce a call for artists to participate in the “Impressions of Nature” at The Parrett Mountain Farm-Art in the Woods Event. This project is supported in part by a grant from Yamhill County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage.

Contact the Impressions of Nature Committee:
Kari, Elizabeth, or Leann

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lilly and Clyde at the Gas Engines Show

Sherwood Historical Society hill billies Lilly and Clyde staged their annual protest at the Antique Gasoline Engines Show again this year. Of course, like all the other times, their protest fell on deaf ears. "We should do away with all these new fangled contraptions." Lilly explained, "I can't even hear the water falls at Oregon City anymore." Clyde's bluegrass banjo didn't help quiet things down much either.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tualatin Historical Society is Doing Great Things Too!

Thursday, April 23. Noon tomorrow is the deadline to attend "Celebrate Tualatin", the Thursday lunch at Tualatin Country Club with a featured program by Tualatin Historical Society unveiling four new displays on our city's "history makers." The project was supported in part by the Washington County Cultural Alliance using Oregon Cultural Trust funds. The lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.
--Larry McClure, President, Tualatin Historical Society

Saturday, April 18, 2009

President Polly says, "Hundreds and Hundreds!"

Hi all,

I wanted to remind you that the Tigard Historical Society is hosting a birthday party for Curtis Tigard. His 100th. The party is Saturday, April 25 from 1 to 4 at the Tigard Library Community Room.

Meanwhile, here at the Sherwood Heritage Center in Sherwood Oregon USA, a lot of desks and furniture was moved around on Wednesday. We didn't get as far as setting up the exhibit, but at least the heavy lifting is done at Smock House. I hope. I'm sure Paul and Steven hope so too. Those old metal box springs are heavy. Not to mention the cast iron stoves. We have relocated the school room to the area formerly used for an office in the Morback House and the office is now in a hall area that formerly housed old tools. The tools have been relocated to our tool shed. As you can imagine there was a lot of "we can't move this until we find a home for this and that has to get out of the way first."

Our next meeting is Monday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the Morback House Museum. Everyone is welcome to attend. Our main agenda item will be discussing the 4th graders. They'll be arriving June 1, June 3, June 5, and June 8. Hundreds and Hundreds.

Polly Blankenbaker

Monday, April 13, 2009

Kids Projects 2009 !

We are looking for High School Students in Grades 9 through 12 to be Camp Counselors for a Week Long History Day Camp.

The Camp runs June 22-26 and meets each day at 8:30 at the Morback House Museum. The first two days include a bus trip up to Parrett Mountain Farm. See Sherwood High School Librarian Mrs. Reynolds for more information.

Summer Day Camp Schedule

June 22-26
2nd-4th Grade—(Session One) 8:30 a.m. to 1:00p.m.
5th-7th Grade—(Session Two) 11:30a.m. to 4:00p.m.
Bring a sack lunch every day!!
$12.00 a day, per session $55.00 for the week. (A savings of $5.00)

The Theme this year is “Time Travel and Live History”
This year, we will start our Time Travel in 1860, just as the Civil War gets going on the Eastern Shores. We will discover how the Civil War influenced our area and how the new settlers in the Oregon Country lived. We will dress like the settlers and cook food like the settlers in our own Pioneer Camp!! Ride the History Mystery Bus to the Parrett Mountain Farm!!!
After Two days on Parrett Mountain, we will meet at the Morback House Museum to time travel again into another time period or two.

History Camp is sponsored by:
Sherwood Historical Society
Parrett Mountain Living History Farm
Washington County Humanities Coalition


"The 4th Graders are coming! The 4th Graders are coming! If you're a member of the Sherwood Historical Society, don't even think of leaving town or June will hunt you down!"

June 1, (Monday): Hopkins School(50 kids) 9:00-10:30
June 1 (Monday): Hopkins (50 kids) 12:15-1:30
June 3 (Wednesday): Hopkins (25 kids) 9:00-10:30 (Easy day)
June 5 (Friday): Middleton School (waves of approx 200 kids) No time as of yet.
June 8 (Monday): Archer Glen School (waves of approx. 180 kids) No time as of yet

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Our March Show Continues through April

We decorated our new poster (at Left) with an old display ad we found in the November 1912 Sherwood News-Sheet. We only had to change the quaintly out-of-fashion wording a little for our Museum show. The original wording is as follows:

Cut the High Cost of Living

We have cut the cost of high living--as far as good clothes are concerned. You can secure here the very finest of made-to-measure suits or overcoats at 5 to 20 per cent less than you can possibly get through any other channel. Proof? Call and look over the International Fall display of styles and fabrics and compare the prices for yourself. By way of interest see the values we offer at 15, 20 and 25 dollars--elsewhere they'd cost--well judge for yourself.

McConnell & Hall General Merchandise

Historical Society President Polly adds: "On Tuesday, April 14 at 1:45 a.m. we are hosting a program by Susan Hall, collector, historian, seamstress, and milliner, who will share her 40 year love affair with vintage clothing. Her show will highlight accessories such as handbags, gloves, and parasols. The program will be in our upstairs classroom in the Museum. Bring your friends. It's free."

Gas Engine Show is Sat. April 25

You definitely don't want to miss this! The Sherwood Historical Society's own Lilly Morgan and Clyde List will be located front and center at the Gasoline Engine Show this year. On North Sherwood Blvd. across from Alto's Automotive.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sherwood Historian is Grand Marshal-Elect!

In the photo at left we see Sherwood City Councilor Robyn Folsom paying close special attention to Sherwood Historical Society Secretary and Past President Clyde List as he describes important facets of Sherwood history that are still relevant in our time. Also known as Friar Tuck to the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association, Mr. List lectures the Town Council endlessly regarding the historical connection between the Robin Hood Legend, the American Revolution, and lessons learned from Native Americans during the period leading up to the Revolution. The humble Friar will speak for 15 minutes (no longer) on these topics April 9 at the Maid Marian Pageant at the Sherwood Public Library at 6:00 PM.

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

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