FEATURED EXHIBIT: TRAIN TIME
November 11, 2016 – February 26, 2017
Come “ride the rails” and see three big “Train Time” model railroad layouts created by the museum’s Train Curators and volunteers. A museum tradition for 46 years, everyone will have fun seeing the village details, lights, and moving trains in our largest exhibit gallery.
There will be a display of Lionel’s longest running accessory, the gateman, describing train history and how it has evolved. Plus a train stations for kids to dress up as conductors, Richard Symmes local train history artwork with matching photography of the same location today, and more exciting activities!
The exhibit features the museum’s holiday favorite, The Snow Train to Bakersville!
Don’t miss this one!
At the turn of the 21st century, the Common Threads Quilt Guild began a project called the Storybook Quilts under the leadership of Pat Gandt. The quilts were sewn with love by the members of the guild with the goal of supporting literacy and fostering interest in the needle arts. The guild drew inspiration from children’s books that used quilts or coverlets as an integral part of their stories.
Surviving The Winter: Adapt, Migrate or Hibernate
Family Discovery Gallery
Explore the many ways animals adapt and survive our winter months. Hibernate in our cave, put on a puppet show with our furry winter friends, let Jan Brett’s The Mitten inspire you to fill a mitten with animals, and quiz your parents on the winter habits of the animals. Discover it all in our lower level Family Discover Gallery for children and parents.
Come celebrate the fall season with a riot of color and pattern, and explore the history of printed textiles. With a wide variety of motifs—flowers, geometrics, animals and people—we compare the different techniques and patterns of printed fabrics over two centuries. Look for our collection of handkerchiefs from the mid-1800s to the 1950s including two quilts fashioned from printed hankies.
AROUND THE WORLD WITH MISS COLUMBIA
FIRST STOP: COLORADO!
Long before Flat Stanley and the Roaming Gnome began their journeys there was a doll that traveled all the way around the world as an ambassador for children’s charities – her name was Miss Columbia. Along the route her caretakers wrote in Miss Columbia’s diary and collected souvenirs of her adventures; the diary and souvenirs are now in the Wenham Museum collection.
Starting from Boston in 1900, Miss Columbia’s first major stop was Colorado where she visited the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, climbed Pike’s Peak, and had other wonder-filled adventures. This exhibit will feature Native American dolls and gifts given to Miss Columbia by the people she met as well as photos and other items she collected.
This is the first of a series of exhibits that will follow Miss Columbia’s route around the world and feature the souvenirs and photos she collected along the way.