April 26, 2024

Member spotlight: Jonathan Stayer

Summer job sparks special bond with History Center By Dan Fink Editor’s note: Jonathan Stayer has been a member of the History Center for more than 40 years, going back to when he was in college. And it all started with what was supposed to be a work study job painting the ceiling in an […]

March 22, 2024

Cabinet of Curiosities, Ep. 5: Scott Tissue Dress

Unwrapping our op art paper dress This month in Episode 5 of Cabinet of Curiosities, we examine an unusual piece of women’s fashion. The disposable paper dress dates to a brief pop culture craze in the 1960s that was accidentally kicked off by Scott Paper, a company best known for its paper towels and toilet paper. How and why […]

March 4, 2024

Artifact Spotlight: The Conestoga Wagon

Discover the iconic Conestoga Wagon’s role in American transportation history Attention, history enthusiasts. Let’s dive into the fascinating world of transportation, where everything from social gatherings to business deals and moving goods hinges on the wheels of progress. Forget the usual cars, buses, and trucks for a moment, because we’re about to take a delightful […]

February 12, 2024

Cabinet of Curiosities, Ep. 4: Boiler Bolt and Lantern Ring

From the ordinary comes tragic history For our fourth installment in the Cabinet of Curiosities video series, Bailey Lozanoff, Collections Manager, tells the story of two seemingly ordinary items with unexpected links to tragic events from more than a century ago. And she walks us through the care required for these unique items. The first, a […]

February 1, 2024

Animating history

Creating digital magic in new museum experience is no simple trick By The Exhibit Design Team When the History Center’s core exhibit opens in the new museum, library and archives, visitors will see many of the best-known items in our collection, from the A-frame Ammonia Compressor and Conestoga Wagon to the Weaver Player Piano and […]