With the date fast approaching for the exhibit opening for "Growing Up in Edina," I've been asked a lot lately about what kind of stuff people have donated or loaned.
I could say come in to the museum for our exhibit opening party on Oct. 29 and see for yourself. I won't, though. I love to share the excitement over "new old stuff" with visitors and volunteers, so I'm happy to share some recent acquisitions with you, our online visitor. Because the subtitle of the display is "A Show and Tell Exhibit," I thought I'd show you a few things while I told you about them.
This Noah's Ark was brought in by Don Wray, who grew up in Morningside. His father Robin built him the toy in the 1930s. "I played with the ark through my childhood at 4243 Scott Terrace, the home my parents built when they were married and lived in for more than 60 years," Don said.
When Don grew up and married, he moved a block away on Alden Drive and the ark came with him. His son now has the ark for his own children in southern Minnesota; daughter Betsy lives in the original Wray home on Scott Terrace. Three generations of Wray children have loved and played with the ark,
This 1955 Murray Fleetline Deluxe bicycle was brought in by former Edina art teacher David Schmit. Nearly every person who talks about their childhood in Edina mentions their bicycle adventures through town. I thought this bike will help us illustrate kids' major mode of travel.
The bike even has an Edina license plate from 1955-57 behind the seat.
Although my official deadline has passed for loaning or donating items for the exhibit, I will still take your stories, photos and artifacts -- with the caveat that I can't promise I'll process everything by the grand opening on Oct. 29. I will do my best to include your item, especially if it comes in sooner rather than later.
For more information, call the museum at 612-928-4577 or email me.
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