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By Michele Smith
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New exhibits on tap for Boldman House Museum

Embroidery, crocheted handiwork, Boldman family car, will be on display soon


Michele Smith

Boldman House Museum Director Sylvia Beuhler shows off some of the embroidered linens that are part of a new display at the museum.

DAYTON - "We are preparing for Dayton Days. We have an outdoor, old fashioned, fun activity for kids of all ages," said Boldman House Museum Director Sylvia Beuhler.

Activities will include two favorites: doing laundry with a washtub and scrubbing board, and making butter in a hand crank jar. There will also be old fashioned tools available for grinding wheat, peeling apples, and shelling corn. Kids will also be invited to plant flower seeds in the garden, Beuhler said.

Beuhler said tours of the house and the activities for children will take place on May 27, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Beuhler is also utilizing the basement at the Boldman House Museum for changing exhibits. She intends to create exhibits from "things that are always in boxes and stored away."

"We think Gladys (Boldman) did the embroidery," Beuhler said about the exhibit, which features crocheted and embroidered handiwork, including pillowcases, bureau scarves, tablecloths and pillowcase edging.

Patterns for some of the quilt squares were supplied each week by The Washington Farmer newspaper, Beuhler pointed out. Scissors, sewing baskets, irons, iron-on transfers, and pin cushions used by the Boldman women are also included in the exhibit.

Beuhler said the exhibit will run until Christmas, and then will be changed to something never shown before, such as photos, Boldman family vacations, or clothing exhibits.

The museum steering committee is also working on an exhibit to go along with the newly acquired Boldman family car, and that will be available for viewing during All Wheels Weekend in June.

The Boldman House Museum is located at 410 North First Street, in Dayton. Summer hours are Wed. - Sat. from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The museum will also be open on the second Sunday of every month, through the month of August, from noon - 4 p.m.


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