WHAT DEFINES A MUSEUM?
Collections? History? Preserving the past?
All three fit the definition. Yet, it is memories which make a museum personal.
A commemorative plate from the small southeastern Minnesota farming community of West Concord.
The West Concord Historical Society, housed in a former school, boasts an incredible museum that showcases West Concord area history. I didn’t grow up here. I don’t live here. Yet, I connected.
Join me on a photo tour showing snippets of what this museum holds.
IN THE HERITAGE ROOM:
I expect many visitors will remember Sunday chicken dinners or holidays at Grandma’s house when viewing this scene.
IN THE CARDINAL ROOM:
The school was once home to the West Concord Cardinals. An entire classroom is devoted to Cardinals memorabilia. This exhibit proves a popular place to tour during West Concord High School class reunions. The school closed in 1991. West Concord is now part of Triton Public Schools where the mascot is a cobra.
A cheerleading uniform.
A majestic band uniform displayed along with school trophies.
I was thrilled to find a collection of school yearbooks.
Wearing Cardinal pride.
IN THE FARMERS & MERCHANTS ROOM:
From a local beauty shop.
IN THE VETERANS ROOM:
Between military uniforms, I shot this view of a 48-star American flag.
Books and documents are also displayed in The Veterans Room.
IN THE SHELL ROOM:
Old radiators in The Shell Room, which features a collection of shells donated by West Concord alumni Burton Goddard and Miriam Goddard.
IN THE 50’s & 60’s ROOM:
Feelin’ groovy…a snippet of 1960s art.
I remember using a fondue pot in my high school home economics class in the 1970s.
Sit a spell in this 60s corner or lose some inches on that exercise equipment, left. Well, consider it, but don’t actually do it.
A 1950s place setting. I collect vintage tablecloths.
IN THE FASHION ROOM:
Clothing and sewing equipment span generations in The Fashion Room.
IN THE HALLWAY:
An old radiator and old windows show the character of this aged former school.
IN THE MARY DELZER ROOM:
Remember making these silhouettes from black construction paper? I hadn’t thought about these in decades. Former educator and WCHS director Janis Ray had her elementary aged students create these profiles each year as a gift to their parents. These are displayed in a room dedicated to education and in which Janis taught.
IN GRANDMA’S ATTIC:
In Grandma’s Attic you can buy garage sale type items, like these lamps, with proceeds benefiting the WCHS. I really should have purchased the two matching lamps. Aren’t they fabulous?
IN THE OFFICE:
A recent donation awaits research and placement.
School letters and numbers left over from West Concord High School are available for purchase. West Concord is now part of Triton Public Schools (West Concord, Dodge Center and Claremont). West Concord Public Charter School, however, is open in the community.
FYI: If you missed my first post on the West Concord Historical Society museum, click here. Today’s post is the second in a three-part series.
© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling