As the City of Plymouth begins to celebrate its 150th anniversary this year, the Plymouth Historical Museum will commemorate the milestone with a year-long special exhibit highlighting the people and stories of the City’s past.
The Plymouth Historical Museum’s new exhibit "Celebrating Plymouth—150 years" opened on Friday, January 13. The exhibit will change throughout the year to feature various decades in Plymouth’s 150-year history.
This first installment of the exhibit is centered around the early years of Plymouth, the community’s pioneers and life here in late 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy tales of names that you recognize on street signs and buildings throughout town.
“It is a very exciting year for the Museum as we celebrate this community milestone,” said Liz Kerstens, executive director.
Paula Holmes, museum volunteer, said she is looking forward to the new exhibit to learn about her town and its history. “I love it when I find the name of a person and then I see that name on a building or a street sign,” Holmes said. “It’s something special about living in a small town.”
“It’s about 150 years of Plymouth in this continually unfolding exhibit,” said Jan Dersey, exhibits volunteer. “Visitors can look forward to a quilt display, small collections from local residents and mementos from iconic businesses like Daly’s.”
The exhibit also addresses how Plymouth has dealt with fires through the years. It includes highlights from local churches – some gone and some still here. Locally famous people are represented: Andrew Lapham, Charles Draper, E.J. Penniman and Dr. Albert Patterson, along with other business leaders, merchants, craftsmen, and educators.
“It’s wonderful work the exhibit people do to create a realistic representation of what life was like,” Holmes said. “A lot of research goes into each exhibit. Everything is very factual. You learn so much.”
“150 years covers so much history we have to keep updating and changing, visitors should definitely come more than once,” Dersey said.
Other special events at the Museum include “Mentioning Unmentionables–An Afternoon Tea” on January 29, “Lunch with the Lincolns” on February 12, and “A Night For the Museum” on March 11.
Be sure to mark your calendar for special “haunted” Plymouth installments in October and “holiday” Plymouth additions in November and December.