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This Holiday season Home for the Holidays will be bigger than ever before, and as part of this event we are installing beautiful pieces from our Women’s Clothing Collection that showcase 20th Century party style. Come see the jaw-dropping color, design, fabrics, and textures. Clothing from 1900 to 1970 will get you in the mood for your own holiday celebrations.
Fans of football probably know the huge contribution Lake County has made to that sport starting with the likes of Don Shula, who grew up in Grand River and graduated from Harvey High School, to the father/son duo of Lee and Jim Tressel from Mentor. But looking at all sports, amateur as well as professional, Lake County is a surprisingly vibrant contributor to athletics across the board. We recently installed an exhibit that tells the stories of numerous athletes from the county. Check out the great inspirational stories!
In this 2016 election year, we have brought you politicians and issues from 1840 through the 20th century. See a letter from Susan B. Anthony, listen to President Nixon’s campaign song, take a campaign selfie, and check out a local politician’s 1970’s plaid pants. When you’re all done, make sure to vote in our 1840-present ballot and we will announce election winners and issues in November!
The Garfield family after the President’s assassination has had a continuing influence on Lake County History. In this exhibit we tell the story of Lucretia and her widowhood as well as Lucretia and her sons, James and Abram’s, role starting the Mentor Library. In this room are beautiful collection pieces from the LCHS collection that help tell the story of the Garfields and the era in which they lived.
On display is the model trolley system of the CP&E interurban railroad created by Jim Billson. It is an “O” gauge system that operates just like the interurban system through overhead wires that actually hold a low electric charge. Cars just like those that ran on the interurban can be driven around the tracks. Learn about how the interurban influenced the expansion of development in Lake County. The model trolley system was donated to the LCHS by Morgan Leyes.
Magical Musical Machines. The LCHS is one of only nine museums in the country with working music boxes on display from the International Music Box Society. We have nine boxes on loan from the Music Box Society and five boxes on loan from Lawrence Logan of Perry. Everyone who hears the boxes demonstrated says the same thing, “The sound is so beautiful!”
It looks so real, but it’s so small! Doris Martin was a life-long resident of Willoughby. Her hobby for over 40 years was creating miniature displays. She designed, built, and arranged all of her miniature displays herself purchasing miniature pieces at conventions or festivals. If Doris couldn’t find a piece to fit her vision of the display, she made it herself. Doris entered many competitions winning many prizes. Also on display are several of Doris’s watercolor paintings of old Willoughby.
A museum within a museum to honor our First Responders in Lake County. The Lake County Blue Coats Association has an exhibit honoring police and firefighters from Lake County. The history of law enforcement and safety is exhibited with artifacts such as weapons, uniforms, firefighting gear, and much more. Children may enjoy getting their pictures taken wearing costume police or firefighter uniforms.