So what do a leather football helmet, house blueprint, Camp Fire gown, VHS camera, saddle decorated with a lot (did I say a lot?) of German silver, wooden egg crate, “Virginia Dare” soda bottle, nurse’s wool cape, “Killer Bees” quilt, and more, have in common? Nothing really, except these are a few of the objects in our latest temporary exhibit, From the Collection: Recent donations to the Museum of the Great Plains.
Now through the end of 2018, visitors can see an eclectic sampling of the kinds of things, the wide range of things, that people have given the museum in just the last few years. All the photos and objects in the exhibit tell fascinating stories. Take the "Virginia Dare" soda bottle. Construction workers found it inside a wall of the museum during a renovation project in January 2017. Someone, we guess, placed it there about 1959, when the original portion of the museum was built.
That saddle? The one with all the silver? It’s front-and-center as you enter the Terry K Bell Gallery, and just happened (like we didn’t plan it this way) to belong to Cyrus Bell, Terry Bell’s father. Cyrus' business card reads, “World Traveler, International Lover, Teller of Tall Tales, Last of the Big Spenders, [and] Authority on Longhorns and Women.” Now you don’t see that on many business cards these days, right? Probably a story (or two) (or three) in there somewhere.
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