On a lark, Greg and I drove up to Lebanon, Ohio, this past Saturday to go to the Warren County History Center. I had read that there was an exhibit of Kings Island (the local amusement park) memorabilia there, so we went to check it out.
Once we got into the museum, we found it to be quite large. The volunteer gave us an overview of what we’d find there and then left us to wander. One of the special exhibits going on was inspired by Downton Abbey. It was a collection of 1900-1920s clothing, accessories and shoes from a prominent local family. Yay! I love clothing exhibits!
The Kings Island exhibit was a bit underwhelming. There were several collectible plates, some pamphlets and tickets, and short write-ups on long-gone rides. And this poster, which I thought was great.
The museum also included a lot old household items, donated by families around the county.
Any small museum worth its salt is going to have some hair wreaths, and this museum had several. The detail on this one was outstanding. There was also some really nice hair jewelry.
The museum had a fairly large collection of Russel Wright pieces. A Lebanon native, Wright was an industrial designer from the 1920s to the 1960s with a distinctly modern style. He designed dinner ware, like these pieces, and furniture, too.
In addition to all these items, there was a large section on Shaker history and an exhibit on the county’s involvement in the Underground Railroad (because I’m still on that kick).
I think the Warren County History Center is really a great little museum. We were there for over an hour and a half, and that’s with me only looking at the Shaker items, not reading anything. A fun way to spend an afternoon and a great place to find inspiration!