Thursday, October 1, 2015

Kenmare Pioneer Day 2015--Interesting Linoleum Patten

Taking a little trip back in time to earlier this summer, we attended the Kenmare Pioneer Day for the 2nd year in a row on a beautiful July day.  We had a great time!

We had visited the museum twice in 2014 and I wrote about our adventure HERE.

First, we had a picnic in the Windmill Park.  So far, it has been the only picnic we have had this year!  We need to remedy that soon.

 After our picnic in the park, we drove over to the village and spent about 3 hours there. 
A fun time was had by all.

The Lake County Historical Society has done a wonderful job of taking care of their museum grounds and buildings.  We noticed new boardwalks in front of some of the buildings, fresh coats of paint, and new foundations under a couple of the buildings.  All of this done by volunteers (I believe).  The people of Kenmare really take pride in their museum!
As we entered the CCC building, where the diner is set up, I noticed something new!  This decorative linoleum rug!
I've never seen one like this before and it is in VERY good condition.
And we came across this contraption in one of the large buildings.  It was near the gas station owner's desk, opposite the antique radios.  At first glance I thought it might be some kind of battery (with the jars and all) but then I saw that it plugs into the wall.  I am completely stumped as to what it is and will have to ask next time I'm there....because it BUGS me not to know! 

In the dress shop, I thought this display was beautifully done.  But as I looked at the little fur stole with it's beady eyes, all I could think about was Ghostbusters 2 and the fur coat scene. (chuckle).

 Inside the second little school house (above) we found that someone had started to copy some "seat work" out of an educational magazine.
I thought this little seat work worksheet was cute for Thanksgiving.  November 1935.
 November 1935 is almost 80 years ago!  Think about how long ago that was, and how much has changed since then.  Just think....many of the children who copied these cute little characters, onto a piece of notebook paper, would be in their late 80s, 90s, or maybe not even with us anymore.
The teachers who taught in these one room school houses had none of the ditto machines or modern copy machines we have today.  Teachers traced seat work onto paper for their students, or the students drew little pictures themselves. 
 Times have certainly changed.  That's why these museums are SO important.  They teach us about our past, and allow our children to see and feel, in a tangible way, what everyday living was like long ago.  Maybe they'll see that we've got it pretty darn easy now a-days compared to those who lived here 80 years ago.

That's all for today.  Until another time, have a happy vintage day!

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