Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Learning about important women

We have a historical museum here that has a really nice collection of clothing, weapons, artwork, early tools, photos, furniture, toys ... just all kinds of stuff. Some of the items date back to the 1700s, including a house that was moved to the backyard of the museum.

March is Women's History Month, and the museum was having an event where local actresses dressed up like important women in our city's history. One of the First Ladies was born here, so there's a whole exhibit just on her.

The actresses including a woman playing a slave who talked about almost being slip up from her family. Another woman played the first female firefighter here. Another one played a woman who help start a now nationwide business. There were five or six altogether.

Biscuit is standing in front of the old entrance to
the museum. I just think the building is so pretty.

And this is the new entrance.

The first restaurant sit-in was here in 1960 by the guys in the big
picture. If you lift the phone, you can hear people talking about it.

This was on display in a room set up like
an old pharmacy. Too bad they weren't real!

This stuff was created here. I remember it being in blue jars when I was a kid.

One of the speakers was portraying a Civil War nurse. Jeff, my
friend and I were wandering around looking at the displays, and I glanced
back to find Biscuit parked on a bench with the woman playing
the nurse. She was very sweet and talked to him for a long time.

Out behind the museum, there are a couple of buildings.
The building behind Biscuit was a blacksmith shop.

The house behind Biscuit was built in the late 1700s. It was originally
a log house, but to preserve the wood, they added clapboard
siding. The inside has been wired for electricity, so they can have
security and smoke detectors, but the furniture, dishes, clothes
and other items in the house are all from that period in time.

Biscuit will visit lots of these types of places on school field trips, but I really like when we can go as a family and have good conversations about what we see. Jeff and I are both transplants here, but I keep trying to remind myself that this is Biscuit's hometown. So the history of this place is part of his history.

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