Hello, all! This is Jaimie, the curator at the Mower County Historical Society. This is my first blog post and I thought I’d give you all a peak at what I’ve got coming up this summer! So, here we go!
First of all, we have a new exhibit coming up next month (the third since January, whew!). Beginning July 30, a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society called“Minnesota Homefront” will be open. At the same time, we’ll have a brand new exhibit about life in Mower County during the war called “Everyone’s War.” If you’re interested in World War II and Minnesota history, these are the exhibits for you!While the battlefield is often the star of history, these exhibits explores the things taking place back home in Minnesota. Both exhibits will be up through September 27. MCHS is open Tuesday-Friday from 10-4. Admission for the exhibits is $1 for non-members and free for all MCHS members. During fair week, admission to these exhibits will be free for everyone!
I’ve also had quite a few new donations in the past months. It is so wonderful to see other people dedicated to preserving Mower County history. Although we cannot accept every single donation, we look forward to growing our collection with pieces that can help us tell the story of Mower County’s history. I recently accessioned a collection of items from Catherine Crilly McCloskey. Mrs. McCloskey graduated from Austin High School and went on to teach in Mower County schools for many years. Included in the donation was a kind of “memory book” from her time at Austin High School and at the teacher training school in Austin, her wedding dress, and some of the textbooks she used in her classrooms. They are all wonderful additions that will help us interpret the Excelsior School House and the life of rural, Mower County teachers.
Finally, I will be co -teaching a class this month through the Community Education program in the Excelsior School House. All students interested and entering Grades 2-5 can experience what life was like in a one room school. We’ll talk about the different things they learned, what it was like to have all of the grades in one room, and, of course, have a little fun! The program will be on Wednesday, July 17 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and the cost is $12 per child with lunch included. Call 460-1706 or 460-1700 for more information or to register. You can also register online at http://austin.revtrak.net.
We’re looking forward to the rest of the busy summer! If you have any comments or suggestions or if you have a story to share about how you dig history, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!