Oswald Kummer sits in a haystack with the faithful family dog, Fido.
Schweizer, located in southwest Simpson County, Kentucky, was chiefly settled by German immigrants in the mid-1890s. Christian and Friederike Kummer emigrated from Germany to Minnesota in 1882, and permanently settled in Schweizer in 1889. The families of the area were particularly close, bound by language, religion, and customs.
Oswald Kummer, the son of Christian and Friederike, was two years old when his family immigrated to the United States. Only nine when his family settled in Schweizer, Oswald remained there until his death. In 1906, Oswald, then 24, acquired a camera and unofficially became the community chronicler. His glass plate negatives became part of the Kentucky Library & Museum collection in 1989.
An exhibit of 87 photographs and artifacts from the Kummer collection will be on display in the Kentucky Library and Museum from May 26 through August 31, 2010.
Community Bookshelf Wall Hanging
The 2010 Kentucky Heritage Society’s annual quilt show is now on display in the Kentucky Museum & Library’s third floor gallery. Quilts inspired by books is the theme of this year’s show. Quilters have stitched a wide variety of subjects including the popular tween book “Twilight”, the classic children’s story “Where the Wild Things Are” and the “Book of Genesis” from the Bible. The exhibit is on display through June 6th.
Photo album from exhibit.
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Looking for a fun activity for your child over Spring Break? Does your son or daughter have a creative side they need to explore? Register them for the Hand Building with Clay workshop at the Kentucky Library & Museum the week of April 5th – 9th. Taught by area ceramicist Laura Bain-Selbo, participants will learn various techniques and make both decorative and functional ceramic pieces. Designed for children in grades 1 through 5, the camp runs from 8 a.m. to Noon, and after camp care is available from Noon to 4 p.m.
Explore your creative side. Join quilter Nancy Baird in piecing together a variety of nine patch designs to create a wonderful wall hanging or table runner! All fabric will be provided. Participants must bring their own sewing machines, pins, and white or tan thread.
Time and Place: Saturday, March 27
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Kentucky Library & Museum
Cost: $15. Pre-registration is required. Want to reserve a spot? Call 270.745.6263, or email Nancy.Baird@wku.edu
Join quilter Nancy Baird in piecing together a variety of nine patch designs to create a wonderful wall hanging or table runner!
All fabric will be provided. Participants must bring their own sewing machines, pins, and white or tan thread.
Pre-registration is required.
Call 270.745.6263 or email Nancy.Baird@wku.edu
Soteria Green basket in process
Basket making enthusiasts spent Saturday, February, 6th at the Kentucky Library & Museum enjoying their craft. Area expert Beth Hester instructed attendees in how to make a “Soteria Green Basket”. Several of the novice participants in particular were delighted to see how awesome their finished baskets looked.
Pine Cone & Fish Tail Quilt
Three quilts from the Kentucky Library & Museum collection are now on display at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts as part of the “Lincoln Then & Now Exhibit. Exhibited in conjunction with period quilts from the Kentucky Historical Society, Museum of the American Quilters Society and the Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts,
they join more than a dozen winners from a national competition, ABRAHAM LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL QUILTS, organized by the Museum of the American Quilter Society, Paducah, Kentucky.
The exhibit runs through March 21, 2010.
On Sunday, January 17th, over 100 art students, parents, and professional artists attended the “2010 Side By Side VSA arts” exhibit opening at the Kentucky Library & Museum. The art exhibit, which is in the Garden Gallery, includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and ceramics. VSA arts of Kentucky is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting arts, education and creative expression for all, with an emphasis on persons with disabilities.The work will be on exhibit thorough March 31st.
The Kentucky Museum exhibit galleries and Museum Store are open during the upcoming holiday weekend (January 16-18). Hours are 9 to 4 on Saturday and Monday and 1 to 4 on Sunday. The Harrison-Baird Reading Room will close during this period however. Regular hours for the Kentucky Library & Museum resume on Tuesday, January 19.
Two GI Joe action figures, a WWII Pacific Marine™ and GI Joe Pearl Harbor Hickam Field Defender™ action figures recently “enlisted” in the KYLM Toy Collection. One of the iconic toys of the 20th century, GI Joe made his first appearance at the 1964 International Toy Fair in New York where he was presented as an action figure rather than a doll. Made with 21 moving parts, action figures representing all four branches of the service were introduced during the first year.
The two figures in the KYLM collection resulted from the generosity of a WKU alumnus who participated in a talk on the Kentucky Library & Museum Toy Collection during the 2009 Alumni College.
Learn more about the KYLM Toy Collection which includes more than 1,200 toys, dolls, and games.
A unique combination fire alarm/indicator that most likely was used prior to 1907 in the fire house on State Street is now on display at the Bowling Green Fire Department Headquarters Building. Manufactured by Gaynor Electric Company of Louisville, KY, this alarm indicator was wired to call boxes throughout the city. Whenever someone used a box to call in a fire, this central alarm or indicator would ring in the Fire House and register the number of the box giving the firemen a location to respond to.
In addition to this item, The Kentucky Library & Museum collection houses other memorabilia from the Bowling Green Fire Department including the Maltese Cross badge or emblem from the cap of Fire Chief Walter J. Harvey, a section of fire hose, and photographs of the Bowling Green Fire House, firemen, and fire equipment.