Andrea and Daniel Dailey of Monmouth, Ore., and Chris and Lou Ann Goeb of Sheldon donated $5,000 per couple in the name of Andrea's and Chris parents, the late Paul and Irene Goeb.
Paul and Irene were lifelong residents of the Cherokee community. Chris describes his parents "as long time supporters of organizations including the Cherokee Community Theater, the Cherokee Symphony, and the Sanford Museum.
"They lived frugally, contributed much to the community in many different ways, and were outstanding role models for community service to the six children they raised. We are gratified to honor that service and their memory in some small way with a gift to Sanford Museum, a gift meant to help continue support for the educational, scientific and geological work facilitated at the museum."
Linda Burkhart, Director of Sanford Museum, added "We're exited about this gift, what a wonderful thing for the Museum."
The donations will be used to finish funding the Fluxgate Gradiometer, according to Burkhart, $6,000 will go towards this project.
Fluxgate Gradiometers have been developed specially for the detection of buried archaeological remains. The instrument measures the local vertical gradient field by using two fluxgate sensors 0.5m or 1m apart.
They have been in use since the mid 1970s and are now used routinely in archaeological evaluation. The instrument is extremely sensitive.
The gradiometer can be used for both "scanning" and detailed recorded survey. The former method involves traversing the site along regularly spaced linear transects (usually about 10m apart) and observing the fluctuations in magnetic signal.
It enables a rapid initial assessment of large sites and identification of areas of potential interest which can then be investigated in more detail.
The results of the survey are known while still in the field. The interpretation of Fluxgate Gradiometer data can be used to position excavations in the "best" place, or even to re-design proposed developments, thereby reducing excavation costs.
The advantages of speed and field display make this technique useful in disciplines other than archaeology. The range (sensitivity) of the instrument can be adjusted to make it more suitable for the detection of large ferrous objects and it can also be used to locate certain natural features.
The remainder of the funds will go toward the museum's $50,000 storage unit project that is currently in progress. The Sanford Museum is supported by the Sanford Trust and donations like this help the museum continue to be an important educational and research institution, explained Burkhart.