Thursday, April 29, 2010

Car Show and Robin Hood Festival Advisory:

Special Message from Strawberry Shortcake and Popcorn provider Polly Blankenbaker, Morback House Museum (at First and Main in Old Town).
Have you ever wondered how the Robin Hood Festival got started? Come to the Heritage Center to find out. Have you ever wondered what happened to the Robin Hood tea cloth that used to hang in the vault at U. S. National Bank? Come to the Heritage Center to see it. Have you ever wanted a bird’s eye view of an 1800’s Sherwood complete with a model train? Come to the Heritage Center to see it. The answers to these and other pressing issues will be revealed at the Heritage Center. The Heritage Center which is located in Veteran’s Park includes the Morback House Museum with it’s changing exhibits and the new Smock House exhibit. Many of our Sherwood neighbors have donated furniture and other household goods to create the Smock House exhibit. We are so lucky to have these great historical facilities, please come and enjoy them.

We will be selling popcorn and strawberry shortcake on the front porch of the Morback House Museum soon. Stop in!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Meanwhile, Have a Cookie on Mom!

PHOTO CREDIT: © 4774344sean |

Until May 10 (Mothers Day) it's all about Cookies and Cookie Jars at Morback House.

Here are some interesting cookie history trivia for you...
* According to culinary historians, cookies evolved from test cakes used to test oven temperature. Small amounts of cake batter were dropped onto pans to test the temperature of the oven before the cakes were baked.
* Cookies are believed to date back to 7th century Persia (one of the first countries to cultivate sugar) and spread throughout Europe as a result of the Muslim conquest of Spain.
* By the 14th century, cookies were common throughout all of Europe.
* By the 1800s, cookie recipes were being published in cookbooks as 'small cakes.' In fact, the term 'cookie' comes from the Dutch word koekje or koekie which means little cake!
* What we call 'cookies' in the United States are called biscuits in the United Kingdom and Australia, galletas in Spain, kels in Germay, and biscotti or amaretti in Italy.

History of Cookies in the United States

* The history of cookies continued with their journey to America during English and Dutch settlement in the 1600s.
* Throughout the 19th century, most cookies were baked at home as special treats because of the high cost of sugar. Many early cookbooks included recipes for macaroons, jumbles, and gingerbread. Recipes for cookies in a variety of styles and flavors increased in the early 1900s, and continues today.
* Ninety percent of home bakers bake cookies, making them the most common home baked good. Half of all home baked cookies are chocolate chip.
* The official state cookie of both Massachusetts and Pennsylvania is the chocolate chip cookie that was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1930 at the Toll House Inn Restaurant in Massachusetts. Mrs. Wakefield sold the recipe to Nestle, who began manufacturing chocolate chips in 1939.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Special from Tualatin

If you missed the successful live production at Winona Grange, Tualatin Valley Community Television will be replaying the February 14 celebration of Tualatin's "we did it" women. Seventeen women (some portraying themselves) share stories of life in Tualatin then and now. The show was written and narrated by Loyce Martinazzi and Karen Lafky Nygaard. It can be seen on cable at the following times next week:
Ch 21 Tuesday, April 6, 2010 11 PM
Ch 11 Wednesday, April 7, 2010 5:30 AM
Ch 21 Wednesday, April 7, 2010 4:00 PM

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Cookie Report from President June!

Today was the Day of
The Big Cookie Bake-off
at Rebekah Hall

22550 Washington Street, Old Town Sherwood

Contestants brought most of the wet ingredients for the cookies. Flour and walnuts were provided.

Bakers showed up at 12:00 (High Noon)

to register and hurried to the starting line. Audience members were welcome at 1:00 pm. The photos speak for themselves.

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