By Janet VanCamp
Part of the fun of volunteering at the museum is making unusual discoveries. We get the opportunity to explore dusty attics, locked closets and sealed trunks. Recently, we found a unique item hidden in the back of an old shed. While many of us had creative ideas as to what it was, such as an aircraft seat or a pack for a camel, it was discovered to be a military pack saddle used to haul munitions and supplies to troops during the Korean Conflict. It is a unique find since there is not many surviving. The saddle will be available to view in our newly renovated Military exhibit in honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Also new to the Museum, is the Jay Steed camera collection. It shows the progression of the camera since the early 1900s. It’s amazing to see the advancement of the small “Brownie” camera to the large bellows portrait camera and now the wonderful pictures taken with a smart phone. Mr. Steed had a local photography studio and worked with the police and local newspaper. Many of his photos and hundreds of negatives were also given to the museum.
Next year will be the 150th anniversary of White Pine County, and the 60th anniversary of the W.P Public Museum. We are planning unique celebrations and exhibitions for both events. Currently, on view are the pencil drawings of Pete Mangum and the Breyer Model Horse display. Both exhibitions will continue throughout the end of the year.