Category Archives: On Exhibit

Every Artifact Has a Story

The title says it all – Every Artifact Has a Story! This exhibit focuses on ten artifacts that come from deep in the museum’s collection, based on the story that they possess, rather than their aesthetic value alone. In this exhibit you’ll see and learn the stories from artifacts like a basket made by Sissie Johnson, a Native American woman who lived in Taft before any pioneers, a beer can found in the walls of the museum, dating back to when the building was being built as a fire hall, a diary entry from Rose Lodge’s first post master, Julia Dodson, a quilt that survived the 1871 Chicago fire and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and more storied artifacts! These artifacts have been waiting their turn to shine, and have wonderful and interesting stories behind them. This temporary exhibit will be up for the duration of 2019!

Postcard featuring Julia Dodson, whose diary entry will be on display

Historic Quilt Show

NLCHM’s quilt show will feature 9 historic quilts. Don’t miss this month-long show in conjunction with Lincoln City’s Antique and Collectible Week. These historic quilts will feature a variety of different patterns and styles, and are guaranteed to wow quilt lovers and art history enthusiasts. This show will only be up through February, so come check it out before it’s gone! 

Toy Story: 20th Century Toys

Toy Story


A new exhibit on the history and cultural influences of toys will open in the museum’s upstairs exhibit gallery on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Toys are important parts of our past and can be an enjoyable means of training young children for life in society. The act of children’s play with toys embodies the values set forth by the adults of their community seen through a child’s perspective. Within cultural societies, toys are a medium to enhance a child’s cognitive, social, and linguistic learning.
Children at playPlaying with toys can also help a child grow up and learn about the world around them. Younger children use toys to discover their identity, help their bodies grow strong, learn cause and effect, explore relationships, and practice skills they will need as adults. In some cultures, societies utilize toys as a way to enhance a child’s skill set within the traditional boundaries of their future roles in the community. In Saharan and North African cultures, play is used to develop skills like hunting and herding, for example. Value is placed on preparing a child for their future and allows the child to create a personal interpretation of the adult world.

Children jumping ropeChildren play with whatever they can find, such as sticks and rocks, but the golden age of toy development was at the turn of the 20th century. Wages were rising steadily in the Western world, allowing even working-class families to afford toys for their children. Industrial techniques of precision engineering and mass production made it possible to meet this rising demand. Intellectual emphasis was also increasingly being placed on the importance of a wholesome and happy childhood for the future development of children.

Child on toy phoneToy Story will explore these cultural influences and display some of the most popular 20th century toys, including Tonka Trucks, Hoola Hoops, Doll Houses, Yo Yos and Slinkies. Please join us for a trip back to childhood.

Child on pony