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The ninth edition of the Jefferson County Historical Society's twice-yearly publication is out.

HOLLY M. GILL - Jerry Ramsey, the publisher of The Agate, and Jane Ahern, the editor, earned an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Heritage Commission for The Agate. 
The spring 2018 edition of The Agate — Jefferson County Historical Society's twice-yearly publication — is included in this week's Pioneer.

The latest edition focuses on the 1930s, highlighted by the federal government's Resettlement Administration's takeover of what became the Crooked River National Grassland. There are also stories on photographer Arthur Rothstein and writer Erskine Caldwell — both of whom would become famous in their fields — coming through the county during the decade and producing work from their visits.

The historical society and the publication, which marks its ninth edition this week, also has reason to celebrate.

The Agate recently was selected to receive an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Heritage Commission. The commission's coordinator, Beth Dehn, notified The Agate's publisher, Jerry Ramsey, regarding the honor. She said it was because of the publication "documenting diverse community history, being a high-quality publication, and serving as an innovative example of how to partner with the local paper to reach the greater public when your museum is closed."

Ramsey is the publisher of The Agate and Jane Ahern is the editor. They do the vast majority of the research and writing for the publication. The Madras Pioneer does the design work on the product. Former Pioneer employee Tom Culbertson was the designer of the first eight editions and Jamie Wood designed this ninth edition. The Agate is printed at the Central Oregonian in Prineville.

The Agate is inserted into the Pioneer and it is also direct-mailed to historical society members.

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