Minerva Historical Society Museum opens for season

Visitors browse this year's Minerva Historical Society exhibit.

Visitors browse this year's Minerva Historical Society exhibit.

OLMSTEDVILLE — The Minerva Historical Society Museum is open for another summer of celebrating the town’s history and heritage. This year’s collection features a variety of items from past exhibits, and is tied in with Minerva’s 25th Minerva Day celebration.

The museum, housed in a former Methodist church, is located in the heart of Olmstedville. Though the building is small, only one room, it’s easy to lose track of time while you’re there, as the tables are lined with a myriad of interesting displays. Museum director Sue Rawson put a lot of thought into designing this year’s display, selecting the most interesting items from the past 25 exhibits.

Interactive displays of books, photo albums, glassware, artwork, clothing and many other items are available for visitors to view and touch. Visitors can’t experience everything unless they thumb through pages or flip over laminated prints.

The centerpiece, both literally and figuratively, is a photographic display featuring Minerva’s Citizens of the Year. Each summer town residents submit nominations for this prestigious title.

Citizens of the Year are the people who show the most love and dedication to the town of Minerva, the ones who give their all to make the town a better place for its residents.

The winner is announced during Minerva Day festivities. This year’s winner, Kathy Halloran, was also elected president of the Minerva Historical Society this year.

“We want to honor Minerva’s citizens, your citizens,” Rawson said.

There are two other parts of the exhibit that honor the town’s past.

The Historical Society owns an entire set of Winslow Homer prints, which were originally painted by Homer using oil paint and water colors during his time in Minerva. The entire set is given its own wall in the back of the museum.

The other three walls are home to one of the museum’s only permanent displays, the “Tree of Life” mural. The name is slightly deceptive; the mural features not one tree, but many growing from a beautiful summer landscape. Each tree bears the name of a different family, those who originally settled the town, with the names of their decendents sprouting from green and orange leaves.

The museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from 1 to 4 pm, and is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact Sue Rawson at 251-3359.

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