Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happening This Weekend...

Visiting a museum is always a great way to be entertained on any day of the week. There are so many interesting things to see, especially at the local favorite, Museum of World Treasures. This Saturday, August 12th, we have something extra special to entertain all of you lovely Wichitans with. 

For months, our Curator, Jordan Adams, Program Director, Kristin Martin, and many volunteers have been working tirelessly on creating a one of a kind exhibit titled, “All Are Not Free: Experiences of Berlin Residents During the Cold War”. This moving experience has many interactive components that tells the story of the events and geopolitical tension following World War II.

Jordan and Kristin carefully placing aspects of the new exhibit

The exhibit opens to the public this Saturday, which is perfect because it happens to be Customer Appreciation Day. We like to thank all of our visitors for their continuous support by offering $4.00 admission all day. Customer Appreciation Day is an ideal time to come to the Museum and enjoy all of the stories we have to captivate the entire family.

So, if you have any interest in low-cost, cultural and inspirational fun, come in this Saturday to immerse yourself in the many treasures the Museum has to offer. You won’t be disappointed, we promise. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Old German Books From the 19th Century

In today’s world, the amount of media we have to entertain ourselves is endless. From cellphones to tablets to the big screen at the theater, it seems like we are never not looking at a screen. Well, can you imagine a time where one of the only forms of entertainment lay within the pages of a book? In the 1800's and before, people all over had only books to bring them the information our technology brings us today.

Recently, the Museum has been lucky enough to receive some rare books, straight from 19th century. All of them are German and range from Catholic books to philosophy to even arithmetic. Even though these books may have not been the best form of entertainment at the time, it is so interesting to flip through the pages and take a glimpse into the past.

The books were a donation to the Museum and our curator and program director have been studying them amidst getting ready for our new exhibit. Check out last week’s blog post for more information on that. These books range in originating dates from 1801 to the mid-1890s. Most of them are Catholic books which would be used during a mass, to learn about Mary, the mother of Jesus and teaching the Catechism.

Other than books having to do with Catholicism, the others were perhaps used in universities and schools. One specific book was a conduct book for soldiers titled, "War Articles for the Oldenburg Troops", dated 1862. After more research is completed on these books, the blog will be updated with more detailed and interesting information. All together, these works are very important objects that offer yet another gateway to the past. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

All Are Not Free: Experiences of Berlin Residents During the Berlin Airlift

Have you ever been gifted with a chocolate bar falling from the sky? Probably not. Well, in the late 1940s, children in Berlin had the delight of receiving chocolate bars tied to parachutes made of handkerchiefs during the Berlin Airlift, all thanks to Colonel Gail Halvorsen aka, The Candy Bomber. Halvorsen was one of thousands of soldiers who delivered supplies to the Berliners during the Cold War. The Cold War is a topic many people don’t know much about, but The Museum of World Treasures is about to unveil a new exhibit that tells the story of this great conflict.

Colonel Gail Halvorsen, “The Candy Bomber”

The new exhibit is called “All Are Not Free: Experiences of Berlin Residents During the Cold War”. The title comes from a speech that President John F. Kennedy gave in June of 1963 titled, “Ich Bin Ein Berliner”. This fascinating experience will take you through the experiences of the Berlin residents during the Cold War. Visitors will be able to view items on special loan from the American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS), alongside items that are a part of the permanent Museum of World Treasures collection.

A United States Air force Douglas C-54 landing during the Berlin Airlift

The exhibit will have many interactive aspects including frequently asked questions and a journal where visitors can write their experiences from the time of the Berlin Airlift and throughout the Cold War. There will also be uniforms worn by both sides of the conflict along with many other artifacts. This rotating exhibit will be a gateway to the past, telling the story of what it was like to be in Berlin during that time.