Friday, April 25, 2014


If you were not present for the reopening of the Iams Homestead Museum, you missed a great time.  The weather was perfect and the displays in the museum were outstanding.

This year the themes for the displays were the 100th Anniversary of World War I; the 100th Anniversary of the Kirby Vacuum Cleaner; 50th Anniversary of the GI Joe Doll: and the 50th Anniversary of the "Beatles Invasion".  If you were a teenager during 1964, you will remember the Beatles first trip to the United States and their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The first floor of the museum has displays of WWI uniform items; other items of this period; and information about WWI.  There are displays of the GI Joe doll and other items that came with GI Joe.  there is a Kirby Vacuum Cleaner with attachments on display and information about the company.  There are many pictures of the Beatles on display;  album covers; and articles about the Beatles.  The kitchen has many displays of old kitchen dishes, utensils, sad irons, medicine bottles and other items found in most kitchens of the past.  The parlor has displays of period furniture; pump organ; clothes; and miscellaneous displays of other items from the past.

The second floor has a room set up as an old school room .  We have old student desks; a teacher's desk; old wood stove;  composite pictures of the graduating classes from the old Trotwood-Madison High School; and other items found in classrooms of the past. We also have a bedroom set up with period furniture; period clothing; some children toys, and other items found in bedrooms of mid to late 19th century houses.  We have a few artifacts located in a room that is used as a research/work area.  This room is not on display for our regular museum openings, but is on display for special occassions suche as our annual harvest fest and museum grand reopening.

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