Museum Open House to Feature Local Collectors

The Shiloh Museum’s ninth annual “Cabin Fever Reliever” open house will take place Saturday, January 14, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the museum.  The event will feature displays by some two dozen local collectors.  Among the collections to be shown are Frisco railroad memorabilia, candy containers, compacts, seashells, plushies (stuffed toys), fishing lures, cameras, perfume bottles, woodworking tools, Disney’s Goofy character collectibles, hotel “do not disturb” signs, Western Union telegraph items, cat collectibles, GI Joe toys, vintage clothing, Native American baskets, and antique computers.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the museum’s new permanent exhibit focusing on 1920 to 1950, “when fruit and vegetable growing and processing were the economic engines for Northwest Arkansas,” said Carolyn Reno, museum collections manager and curator of the exhibit.  “We will also explore the beginnings of the poultry industry, the impact of the Depression, World War II and the post-war years, and the introduction of utilities like electricity and gas which changed the way people lived,” Reno continued.  Exhibit highlights include a scaled-down World War II-era home and “Local Industries” a WPA mural created by artist Natalie Henry for the Springdale Post Office.  The exhibit is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Shiloh Museum is located at the corner of Johnson and Main in downtown Springdale. For more information, call 750-8165.