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Museum hosts Easter exhibit

March 23, 2012

Tammy Schrecengost checks on the baby chicks waiting to hatch in the incubator, which is part of the Easter Greetings exhibit at Heritage Huseum. The exhibit will be on display until May 1. (HERALD photo/Amanda Moreno)

New life, new hope and and a trip down memory lane is what Heritage Museum is offering with its Easter Greetings exhibit. The exhibit is open to the public until May 1 and is located in the museum lobby.

“Easter hasn't changed much. It is still focused around family for the most part and the traditions have pretty much stayed the same, but there are a few details that have transformed over the years,” Museum Curator Tammy Schrecengost said.

Displays in the exhibit include scenes from Easter in the late 1800s and early 1900s. One of the displays features a child's dress from the early 1900s and another features a dress from the 1950s donated by Joe Pickle — former editor of the Big Spring Herald — and a soldier's uniform from the late 1940s or early 1950s donated by William Bonner.

“We are hoping we will be able to bring back some of those special memories of Easter's our visitors had as a child and how magical it was,” Schrecengost said. “Everyone has that special Easter they remember. We want people to be able to say, 'I remember when … '”

The core of the holiday is still, for the most part, centered around the family, going to church and hunting Easter eggs.

“The Easter holiday back then was different in the fact it made the meaning of family a little more important due to the turbulent time caused by the war,” Schrecengost said.

Another exhibit brought in to draw the attention of children is live chicks. Two cases have been set up which will hold baby chicks and several eggs have been placed in an incubator with baby chicks expected to hatch the week of Easter.

“We are hoping the kids will come by and visit and help keep an eye on the eggs in the incubator,” she said. “We are expecting them to hatch a few days before Easter.”

While museum visitors wait for the chicks to hatch, they can visit the museum and see a pictorial display of the different stages of a baby chick before it hatches.

The exhibit will also include vintage postcards. Postcards were invented in the late 1870s and used from the late 1800s through the 1900s.

“Postcards were a popular form of communication in the early 1900s,” Schrecengost said. “We will have a few enlarged postcards on display as well as a few vintage ones in a case for our visitors to look at.”

March 31, there will be an Easter celebration held at the museum.

“We will have Peter Cottontail on hand for photos,” Schrecengost said.
During the reception there will be refreshments. Peter Cottontail will be available from 10 a.m. until noon.

Admission to the museum is $3 for adults and $2 for children and seniors. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

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