Shingletown Historical Society Newsletter
by Bea Nevins
You may wonder what in the heck has been going on during all these months of exile from our usual social events and fundraisers. It's been too darn long since we have gotten together to visit and have one of Shingletown's famous Potlucks!! Hopefully, this home-time has given members the opportunity to create new and tasty dishes which have not only enlivened and brightened home dinners, but can be shared with all of us. An AFTER-COVID CELEBRATION POT LUCK will take place once we get our vaccine, and when the Black Butte School will again be able to loan out the gym/cafeteria. Mmmmm, can't wait!
In the meantime, incredible work has continued on the outdoor museum. Not only has large farm and logging equipment been placed on the site, but a most beautiful plaque has been installed honoring Glen Aldridge. This brass plaque has been fastened to one of two huge basalt boulders lifted right off the Aldridge Ranch by Shannon Wooten. This plaque will be unveiled at the Opening of the Outdoor Museum. There is also a donor plaque honoring all those who invested time, service or money to bring back to Shingletown the steam traction engine. All donations of time, service, materials and money have been used for the Outdoor Museum. Right now, the artifacts can only be viewed from outside the cyclone fence. There may be tours inside the grounds at a later date as details and item identification information becomes part of the exhibit. Go on over, park next to the fence and take a look. Amazing!
Keeping social distance hasn't stopped our mask-wearing crew, known as “The Boys,” from keeping the grounds in order, checking the septic systems, doing the prep for the painters, and repairing the roof among other jobs. “The Boys” wear matching “THE BOYS” T-shirts. Who are The Boys? Why, our own Ken and Dennis Derr, Tony Villamore, Jim Kent and Bill Anderson. Should the team be working while you are there you can't miss those burgundy shirts.
Shingletown Medical Center's Area Resource Center (SARC)
The front left unit is now the home of SARC, where counselors help with insurance questions and selection as well as other health-related issues.
Inside the museum proper an exhibit of historic items once important to Bruce Baron of Manton will be on display. Mr. Baron is to Manton as Glenn Aldridge is to Shingletown. There will also be a tribute to Shingletown people who, since 1961, were instrumental in creating and nourishing the SHS into what it is today.
Much appreciation to all those whose support by dues paying and extra donations have kept the museum in the black during this Covid time. Thank you all!