Sisters Country Historical Society
Affiliate of Oregon Historical Society


The society was started in 1997 by two women at Black Butte Ranch, in an attempt to preserve and protect local history through education of the public. The early days of the society were spent as an unincorporated entity; the primary function was holding informational public meetings. During those early years the organization became the caretaker of nearly 5000 photograph and numerous artifacts.

In July 2002 Black Butte Ranch was hit by wildfire and two houses burned to the ground. Jean Nave, cofounder and the primary coordinator of the historical society, was asked by the BBR Fire Chief to write a book about the event. In the end the book, Wildfire Hits Black Butte Ranch, was published and sold. All “profits” from the publication after printing expenses, were shared between the fire department and the historical society. It is these funds that offered the chance to form an incorporated 501 c (3) organization, which became official in 2003.

In March, 2004 the society board changed the name of the organization to Sisters Country Historical Society to better serve the historical interest of the three community area of Black Butte Ranch, Sisters (both Deschutes County) and Camp Sherman (Jefferson County) Oregon.

We are a totally volunteer organization. All contributions made to the Sisters Country Historical Society go directly toward achieving our objectives in serving the community, not toward building unproductive staff positions and overhead. We welcome your questions and appreciate any support you wish to give.

Our projects include:

  • Developing and maintaining an historical website representing the area we serve.
  • Offering public educational programs with local and national speakers.
  • Working with local schools to develop and present local history programs that involve and inspire an interest in history.

SCHS Board of Directors:

Janet L. Brown
Janet returned to Oregon after a long research career in geology with the U.S. Geological Survey specializing in sedimentary and stratigraphic systems and basin analyses in the central western states. She is the author of many publications and maps in geology both with USGS and other venues. Earlier in her career, she served as a naturalist and lecturer for the National Park Service in western national parks. After retirement from the USGS, she taught geology courses at various community colleges. She works in computer graphic arts, photography, and popular guides in geology and natural science.

Georgia Gallaghar

Born in Sisters, Oregon, in the log home her father in 1915, Georgia knows well the “early days” of Sisters. 1944 was a big year for Georgia, she graduated from Oregon State College and was crowned Sisters Rodeo Queen. Recognized locally as an advocate for preserving Sisters Country history, Georgia’s involvement with the Society has enabled the group to do more community outreach. The result is new contacts with others who have a long history in the area and who possess historical information, photos and documents.

John Hayes

BA Pacific University, MA Pepperdine University. John has written numerous newspaper and magazine article dealing with the history of the American Northwest and the region’s stunning natural landscape/ His book, Cascade Chronicles: Timeless Wandering, was published in 2002. He has been an instructor for Central Oregon Community College and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Reserve Academy.

Marean Jordan

BA and MA from San Francisco State University; Advanced to candidacy for a PhD. in English from the University of California, Davis. Marean has taught English and writing for many years at the secondary and university levels. She has done extensive professional development with teachers, first as co-director of a partnership program between UC, Berkeley and the San Francisco and Oakland public schools and then as Director of Professional Development with the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd, a project focusing on helping students become better readers in their content area classes. She has written articles and reviews and is co-editor of a book of essays on adolescent reading improvement.

Jean Nave

The author of four books, Jean spent much of her professional career in high-tech marketing and later as a paid professional speaker. During the 1980s Jean hosted two cable television shows. She has taught many classes at the community college level, including Central Oregon Community College, and written articles for numerous newspapers, including the Oregonian and the Bend Bulletin. In 2002, Jean wrote Wildfire Hits Black Butte Ranch for the benefit of the Black Butte Fire Department and the Historical Society. Jean and her husband are long-time fund raisers for Oregon State University’s athletics and she currently serves as a Commissioner on the Deschutes County Historical Landmarks Commission.

Conrad Weiler

Biology graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University (BS) and USC (MS). Worked six years at City of Hope, Duarte, CA, medical center in cancer research. Biology teacher in California Community College system for 31 years. Central Oregon Community College Community Education instructor for eight years. Former correspondent for the Bend Bulletin and Nugget newspapers in Central Oregon. Photographer with Alsi Photography.
Currently, Conrad contributes copy and photos for the Sisters Oregon Guide and is the president of the Sisters Area Photo Club and the Black Butte Macintosh Users Group.

Donors and Sponsors

As an all volunteeer organization, this historical society would not be possible without the generous support of our donors and sponsors. Some provide financial support, some provide their time and talents, and some provide both.

Please visit their website. Thank you


Web Site
La Verne Blatt
Barbara Eppinger
Paul and Jessie Goodmonson
Jean and Claude Nave
Web Site
Black Butte Ranch
The Roundhouse Foundation
City of Sisters
Ponderosa Properties



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