Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FREE newspaper workshop in June


Did you know decades’ worth of many of Ohio’s historic newspapers, including the Stark County Democrat from 1868 to 1910, are available for free online?

From students to genealogists to historians to the everyday user, newspapers have always been a valuable resource providing contemporary analysis of events, people and society, clues to family histories and much more.

Join Jenni Salamon of the Ohio History Connection, to learn how you can access and use Ohio’s historic newspapers through the Library of Congress website Chronicling America.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Bridal Show 2015

Whew!  It's over!

And what a smashing success it was.  We had a wonderful time on Saturday!  The dresses were lovely, the stories were touching, and the food was out of this world.

Here are just a few photos from the event.  Check out our Facebook page for a TON more.  Thank you to volunteer Dick Conde for really capturing the feeling of the show for us!

Chris and me before the show

Volunteer Judy Gouge

Chris provides live piano music for the pre-party and the show

The basket raffle, organized by Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Span

Beth Russ and Cindy Sober.  They work in the Museum Shoppe, and Cindy is in charge of the models and dressers for the show.

Spinning the wheel for prizes during the pre-party

Brunch throughout the Museum
Brunch throughout the Museum

Catering by Mr. Mike's

Our French theme!

I'm the MC for the show

Halle wearing the earliest dress in this year's show -- it's from 1901!

Treve Aeiling's family group.  Her mom's dress from the 1930s is out on the runway here.  Hannah is wearing Treva's dress from the 1960s, Kaity is wearing Treva's mom's Mother of the Bride dress, and Lynette is wearing Treva's daughter's dress from 2009.

Halle wearing a dress from the 1940s

Lisa wearing her grandmother's dress from the 1950s

Corie wearing a blue tea-length wedding dress from the 1950s

Tina wearing a dress from the 1950s

Volunteer Barb Hoskins's family group -- including dresses that belonged to Barb, her sister, her aunt, and her daughter-in-law

Carleen wearing her own dress from 2013!  She was our grand finale.  Her bouquet was purple flowers that she covered with antique brooches, pendants, and earrings.  It was GORGEOUS!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Keller Gallery over the years

Like most curators, I photograph the fruits of my labor when an exhibition is finally finished.  I like to take a shot from the large door into the Keller Gallery, which shows how different one exhibition looks from another.  Even though the lighting is a challenge in that spot, I do it anyway.

Here are a few shots from exhibitions I've done over the years.  I don't have all of the photos on my computer.  When I first started working here, I burned lots of CDs to free up space on my hard drive.  USB drives hadn't been invented yet.  For a brief time I created Zip disks because THAT was going to be The Future....but I digress.

Anyway, some of these are awfully blurry -- either from our old camera or my false idea that I could hold the camera steady enough without a tripod.  But you get the idea.

You can also see the evolution in design as I've gotten new equipment.  We've upgraded the lighting, built new walls, and now print panels on a plotter -- in full color!  I could not have dreamed of such a thing when I came here in October 2001.

It's amazing how many different ways you can make one space look! 

(By the way, the white walls on the exterior of the gallery entrance are from when that space was the Historical Hall.  We painted it and installed The Stark County Story in 2009.)

And now, in no particular order, here are some Keller Gallery Door Shots:

Broken Down Heroes

Footloose and Fancy Free:  Canton in the Roaring Twenties

A Doll's World

Aspectations by Su Nimon

Life in Miniature

A Secret Gift

A Stitch in Time

The Victorian Age

Mentioning the Unmentionables

Celebrate the Sixties!

Letters Home

Hearth & Home
The Sheila Markley Black Collection

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fire Station update

The mural is coming along GREAT!  Thank you to Michael McFarland of Michael McFarland Fine Art for creating this masterpiece for us!



Monday, March 30, 2015

New mural in the Fire Station

Michael McFarland of Michael McFarland Fine Art is working on a brand new mural for the back of the Fire Station!

Follow along as he creates a masterpiece for our Street of Shops.



Fabulous opening!

THANK YOU to everyone who came to the opening of "The Sheila Markley Black Collection" on Friday night!  It was a great crowd. I recieved many compliments on the exhibition, but, honestly, how could you NOT create something beautiful when given these gorgeous dresses?

Here are some pictures from the opening.  Enjoy!

Me with Gary Brown and my volunteer Kathy




Volunteers Karen and Millie

Mr. Keller with our Director Joyce Yut





Me and Sheila Markley Black

Sheila viewing the exhibition


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