Reader Thanks Sherman School For Giving Back

To The Reader’s Forum:

As in most small communities, the Sherman Historical Society has much to do and few members to do it. Archiving donations, arranging displays, researching artifacts and documents, and providing guided tours keep us busy. Added to those tasks are the maintenance and upkeep chores at the Museum that must be done.

Also, like most schools, the Sherman Central School faculty often comes to our rescue by using the needs of the Yorker Museum to teach students about giving back to the community. This year, ten students and seven members of the school faculty and administration along with members of the Historical Society worked to complete the chores of leaf raking, securing the buildings and readying the museum for winter.

The Sherman school faculty uses the fall raking event as an opportunity to teach students the value of working with other organizations and supporting efforts to maintain community treasures. As one student said, “This place is so cool. It’s hard to believe all these buildings were moved here by kids with help from their teachers and parents.”

The student organization called Yorkers was established in the late 1940s to study local and state history. They started the Yorker Museum in the early 1950s and it now includes seven buildings on the Village Common in Sherman. The school Yorker organization disbanded in the 1980s. Today, the Museum is maintained by the Sherman Historical Society and continues to be the depository for local historical and cultural artifacts.

The members of the Historical Society truly appreciate the partnership with the school in maintaining the Yorker Museum. We are all proud of the Yorker Museum and with lots of help, we hope the Museum will continue to be a learning opportunity for students and adults.

Carol Hay