Sherman County eNews #7


  1. Sherman County School District Messenger, Jan. 9

  2. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Meeting Canceled

  3. History Tidbits: Sherman County Historical Museum 1994 National Award

  4. Northwest Horse Fair & Expo, March 24, 25, 26

  5. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Audio: Sherman County School District Messenger, Jan. 9

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2. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Meeting Cancelled

The monthly meeting of the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society scheduled for January 14th, 2017, has been canceled due to weather. Questions? Call Georga Foster CGGS 541-296-2882.

3. History Tidbits: Sherman County Historical Museum 1994 National Award

And The Winner Is . . . Sherman County’s Museum
by Ron Brentano
Sherman County Historical Society
The Plow, November 1994

November, 1994 – Once a year, an impressive body of distinguished and committed historians and individuals assemble at the headquarters of the American Association for State and Local History to review nearly one hundred and fifty carefully screened award nominations vying for national recognition of their activities and programs.

Located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH is the umbrella organization for the almost 10,000 historical organizations existing in the United States and Canada. Since its founding in 1940, AASLH has provided exceptional professional enhancement programs and services including conferences, publications, recognition through its awards program, and technical assistance. Through a well organized network of state and regional chairs, the awards program seeks out those organizations whose work over the past couple of years is worthy of national recognition.

The awards program specifically seeks out projects that have contributed to the preservation of state or local history, and includes such diverse areas as audio-visual programs, publications, recordings, exhibits and traveling exhibits, preservation projects, genealogical efforts, the creation of a new museum, tour programs and archaeology projects. Both organizations and individuals are recognized.

Dr. Albert B. Corey, founding member of AASLH, state historian for New York, and one-time president of the Association, was particularly sympathetic to the needs and interests of small museums. In 1864, Dr. Corey’s friends established a fund in his memory to honor small, primarily volunteer-managed organizations in the United States and Canada. This award is held in extremely high esteem and is given once a year, occasionally not at all, to only one outstanding organization. The rules governing the Corey Award are outlined in the official awards program guidelines and specifically state, “the Corey Award is reserved for very deserving small, primarily volunteer-operated organizations…The award is designed to recognize a small historical organization that best displays the qualities of vigor, scholarship and imagination in its work, and shall be given only once to any organization. The winner will be selected from organizations nominated for an Award of Merit or Certificate of Commendation.”

Sherman County Historical Society was originally nominated for a Certificate of Commendation. Your faithful regional chairman [Brentano] pleaded for an Award of Merit and this was achieved. The Corey Award then superseded all previous awards as the Corey Award is given in lieu of all other categories of awards.

Further rules governing the program make the Corey Award process seem almost medieval – “To nominate an organization for the Corey Award, the chair must fill out both the regular nomination form…and a special Corey Award form…Fifteen copies of the Corey Award nomination form should be brought to the meeting. The chair presenting the nomination should not indicate to the committee members that this nominee will be discussed later as a Corey Award nominee…After the committee has considered all nominees for Certificate of Commendation and Award of Merit, it will begin discussion of Corey Award nominations.”

So the awards committee has no idea until the end of the three days of deliberations that there is a nomination for the Corey Award. The regional chair responsible for the Corey Award nominations then placed in the position of giving an oral presentation in defense of the nomination and becoming a strong advocate for the award. At the end of what I call “the interrogation period,” the entire committee votes on its options: to grant the Corey Award to one of perhaps two or more competing nominations, or to deny the award entirely.

After reviewing Sherman County Historical Society’s numerous extraordinary achievements described in the nomination, the distinguished panel, including AASLH Executive Director and CEO Patricia Gordon Michael, voted unanimously and with great satisfaction to grant the Corey Award.

Founded in 1940, AASLH’s first annual meeting in the far west was conducted in Portland, Oregon in 1950 and was co-hosted by the Oregon Historical Society and Reed College. OHS’s director Lancaster Pollard served as the arrangements chair…It wasn’t until 1971 that AASLH was to visit Oregon again–my initiation to AASLH. As an OHS staff member [registrar], I participated on a panel concerning registration and assisted with some of the tours…Perhaps little known is the fact that David Duniway, Oregon State Archivist, was not only a founding member of AASLH, but served as its first secretary! From 1976 to 1978, Thomas Vaughn, Executive Director of OHS, served as AASLH’s president…Most recently, Daniel Robertson of the Douglas County Museum of History in Roseberg served as national chairman responsible for overseeing the entire awards program.

1994 was a very good year to further bond Oregon’s relationship with our national organization. The newly-created Museum at Warm Springs received an Award of Merit, the Oregon Trail Celebration Committee in Pendleton received a Certificate of Commendation for its 1993 Oregon Trail living history program, Mary Cross of Portland received an Award of Merit for her exemplary book, Treasures from the Trunk and, of course, the well-deserving Sherman County Historical Society was awarded the Albert B. Corey Award. All of this surely reflects on, and inspires, all of Oregon’s museums’ efforts to preserve our wonderfully rich and fascinating history. Certainly Dr. Corey himself would be very proud to know that an Oregon museum now shares his legacy!

4. Northwest Horse Fair & Expo, March 24, 25, 26

cowboy horseTiedCelebrating the Spirit of the Horse!

Everything equine will be offered for the education and enjoyment of horse lovers, at the 18th annual Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2017, presented by Akins Trailer Sales! The expo runs March 24, 25, and 26 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany, Oregon. The huge horse fair will feature world-class riders and horse trainers, breed demos and exhibits, a huge trade show, equine clinics, lectures, workshops, a model horse show, and even a chance to buy an Oregon mustang through a live auction!

Mustang Adoption ChallengeNew!

For the first time ever, the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo will host a new event: the Mustang Adoption Challenge 2017, presented by the non-profit organization, Teens and Oregon Mustangs. Competitors acquired their mustangs through the program in December 2016, and will have three months to train and prepare the horses for the Challenge competition. The contest begins at 6pm on March 23 in the Akins Trailer Arena, and continues daily through March 26. Contestants will exhibit mustangs in three divisions: Youth in Hand; Youth Riding; and Adult Riding. Contenders and their mustangs will compete in a series of classes to include Overall Body Condition, Showmanship, In-Hand Trail, and Riding. And spectators have a chance to take a Mustang home! After completion of the Sunday finals of the competition, the mustangs will be live auctioned to help the trained mustangs find their forever homes. For more information on the Mustang Adoption Challenge 2017, go to

BreyerWest® – A Model Horse Show!!

The Breyer® Horse Model Horse Show, BreyerWest®, will return for the second year to the Northwest Horse Fair. “This was a popular event last year, for contestants, participants, and spectators, and we’re pleased to have the show back again!” said John Cloe, Event Founder and Manager. This fun model horse event features model horse hobby demonstrations, model horse shows, model hobby artistry and crafts, and lots of fun activities for childrenequine artists will teach workshops and seminars during the model horse show, including sculptors, painters, model horse tack-makers and model hobby experts. Model horse shows will be held Friday and Saturday, and free Stablemates painting for kids 18 and under, plus demonstrations will be held all three days of the expo. Pre-registration is required for the Open Model Horse Show and the Youth and Novice Model Horse Shows. For more information on the BreyerWest Model Horse Shows and activities, go to or follow BreyerWest 2017 on Facebook.

Engaging Equine Entertainment!

Always a family-friendly form of entertainment, the Northwest Horse Fair’s Breed Demos, Stallion Reviews and equine entertainment will provide a medley of everything equine! A wide-ranging mix of equine breeds, representing countries from all over the world will be on display, showing off their talents and strutting their stuff! Fancy dancing Friesians, elegant Baroque breeds, dainty gaited horses, rugged Mustangs, and the “long ears” – mules and more – all will demonstrate the diversity of size, color and athletic abilities in equine! The colorful costumes and captivating choreography of the BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe “waltzing” to music, will wind their way into the hearts of horse lovers, young and old. Fast and furious, the Brokenridge Drill Team will ramp up the action, as they perform fast-paced precision drills to music!  And the Ecco Ridge Vaulters will exhibit amazing gymnastic maneuvers, while balanced on the back of a cantering horse!

Clinics with Top-Notch Riders & Trainers!

Top-notch riders and trainers from across the United States will teach a variety of clinics, lectures and workshops, throughout the weekend.  The equine experts include: Ken McNabb (WY) teaching General Horsemanship; Van Hargis (TX) providing Ranch Versatility clinics; Jec Ballou (CA) presenting Conditioning & Fitness for Classical and Western Dressage Horses; Steve Edwards (AZ) working with Mules & Donkeys; Peggy Cummings (WA) featuring Connected Riding®; and Bonnie Davis (CA) giving workshops and lectures on Horse Camping & Trail Riding. In addition, radio and on-line TV host of Speaking with Horses, Wayne Williams (WI), will be on hand.

A Giant Trade Show!

Shoppers can explore the largest equine-oriented trade show in Oregon! Two buildings housing rows of commercial booths, featuring horse trailers, clothing for riders, saddles, tack, equine products and services, gifts, home décor items, and much more!

Youth Day – Free Admission!

Sunday March 26 is KMTR Youth Day! Children aged 12 years and under get in free that day, when accompanied by a paying adult, plus 4-H and Pony Club members aged 13 to 18 years, get in free with their club ID cards.

Participation & More Info

Applications are now being accepted for participation at the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2017, including: trade show vendors, clinic participants, Stallion Review and Breed Showcase participants, sponsorships, and advertisers in the event program. Applications can be viewed and printed at

For more details about the Northwest Horse Fair, including tickets, hours and admission, go to, email, call 765-655-2107, or join us for late breaking details and excitement, on Facebook and Twitter.

Sponsors for the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2017 include: Akins Trailer Sales, the presenting sponsor; Beelart Embroidery; KMTR-TV, Youth Day sponsor;  KRKT; Logan Coach Trailers; Northwest Rider Magazine, the official publication of the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo; Phoenix Inn & Suites, the hosting hotel for the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo; and Wilco.

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