Thursday, May 30, 2013

White House exhibits open tomorrow!

Here is a sneak peek at the new exhibits opening in the Keller Gallery tomorrow night! Free exhibition opening May 31 at 6:00 PM. Hope to see you there!!
The West Wing on the left, James Hoban: White House Architect on the right

Banner for White House Horses

James Hoban: White House Architect

The West Wing

White House Horses

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

White House exhibits installation!

We started installing the new traveling exhibits from the White House Historical Association yesterday in the Keller Gallery!

James Hoban: White House Architect

White House Horses

The West Wing

James Hoban:  White House Architect

There was a bit of a learning curve with the James Hoban exhibit because it did not come with an instructions.  We laid out all the parts and spent about an hour looking at it and talking about how we thought it might work.  We finally cracked the code, and now we know what to expect as we build it!

I'm also using Kodak PhotoTex paper in my plotter for a fourth mini-exhibit called McKinley's White House.  It is printing the second to last panel as I write this!  I wanted to show our visitors what the White House looked like when McKinley lived there, using images from our archives.

The exhibits open with a FREE reception on FRIDAY MAY 31 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.  Reservations appreciated!  Call 330-455-7043.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Are you related to a letter writer in the book A Secret Gift?

If you are, we want to hear from you!

This summer I will begin working on an exhibit based on the book A Secret Gift by Ted Gup.  He donated all of the original letters, thank you notes, and canceled checks to the Museum.  To celebrate the 80th anniversary of his grandfather Sam Stone's generous Christmas gift to 150 Canton families in 1933, we are going to bring his story to life in a 3D way.

But we need your help!

We're hoping to track down some objects that belonged to the families in the letters.  We're looking for anything -- clothing, toys, furniture, jewelry -- just something tangible that represents the life of the person who wrote the letter or their families. 

If you or someone you know is related to a letter writer, please contact me at 330-455-7043.  Or visit the Museum's Contact Us page to send me an email (choose Curator).

Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Nancy Allison McKinley
The President's Mother

Thursday, May 9, 2013

White House exhibits have arrived!

The crates from the White House Historical Association arrived yesterday!

The trio of exhibitions opens on MAY 31 in the Keller Gallery.  The exhibits are:
  • James Hoban:  White House Architect
  • White House Horses
  • The West Wing
We will also be including a small fourth exhibit called McKinley's White House, drawn from photographs in our own archival collection.

The panels are really, really big for James Hoban and The West Wing.  We will need to use all of the exterior walls, plus 4 of our freestanding walls on both sides, just for those exhibits!  White House Horses is a fabric panel exhibit with a mounting structure we have to build.  The Keller Gallery will be quite full, but it's going to look wonderful!

Please join us for a FREE opening reception on Friday May 31 at 6:00 PM.  RSVP at 330-455-7043.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

New Dannemiller artifacts!

I just finished processing a new donation of Dannemiller coffee tins and other items.  I put them right out on display in the Dannemiller Store in the Street of Shops.  See if you can find them next time you come in!