Checking in on the Check Writer: Artifact Spotlight #12

Among the many ordinary historic objects housed in our collection, there are some that can elicit a pang of remembrance, not necessarily for their original use, but for their very connectedness to people we may have known and loved. Consider the lowly Check Writer, or Check Protector, and one local resident’s memories stirred by theContinue reading “Checking in on the Check Writer: Artifact Spotlight #12”

New Town Square coming soon…

Ever wonder how an exhibit is constructed? The museum recently received a grant to rebuild the old Town Square exhibit. Right now, it looks like this —> The grand plan over the next few years for the Town Square is to install four new interactive walk-in structures including: a greenhouse, gas station, general store, andContinue reading “New Town Square coming soon…”

Collection favorite:artifact spotlight # 5

Thought I would quickly share one of my favorite photographs in the museum’s permanent collection. The image is of Ann Ackerman, (sister of Josephine Hoenner Welter) seated between two of her colleagues. She worked as a secretary for a plumbing union in Chicago in the early 1910s, presumably when this photo was taken.  I loveContinue reading “Collection favorite:artifact spotlight # 5”