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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Traveling Exhibits Travel Again

The traveling exhibits that the museum has set up at three of the county libraries got new homes this week.

"Country Doctors" is now at the Pocahontas Library. This displays features many items from three local doctors as well as some home remedies and medical reference books.  
Dr.David Nowlan from Havelock and Dr. Watson W. Beam from Rolfe were both pioneer physicians in the county. The display includes Dr. Nowlan's stethoscope and record book and Dr. Beam's medical certificate and office sign. Dr. Harry Pitluck served the county during the middle of the 20th century and  the museum has many of his medical instruments and testing kits, some of which are in the exhibit. You'll also find a  medicine bottle dated 1889 from Webb's Drug store which was located in Rolfe.

"Picturing the Past" is  at the Laurens Public Library. This display includes old cameras and photos from the museum's collection. A hundred year old  Brownie camera, a Polaroid camera and a Revere 8mm movie camera with its case and instruction booklet are among the items displayed. You'll also find tin-types and a glass negative and some charming old photos of folks we can't identify. 

The exhibit "The Little House Series Meets the Pocahontas County Historical Society Museum" is now at the Rolfe Public Library. When a dedicated museum volunteer is also a fan of the Little House on the Prairie series, you end up with a clever idea for a display. We searched for items in our museum collection that are mentioned by Laura Ingalls Wilder in her much-loved books.  It took a bit of sleuthing to find the references. This display includes a wide range of objects from a china doll and a nightcap to a corn husking peg and a flat iron.  There's something interesting for everyone.