Museum Spring Tea is Sunday
Wagons West display, mural new features this year
C-T 05 03 17

The Grand River Historical Society Museum will be ready to unveil its new exhibits Sunday, May 7, 2017, at its annual Spring Tea. Featured will be "Wagons West" showing the many wagon trails that crossed the country during 1848. Marked trails include the Mormon Trail, California Trail, Oregon Trail, Santa Fe Trail, and the Bozeman Trail. Exhibit artifacts include a Kentucky long rifle owned by William Warner Gaer, a great-grandfather to the late Miss Virginia Wall, of Chillicothe. Gaer walked to California providing meat for a wagon train. Also included are models of a Conestoga Wagon and a Prairie Schooner.

CAPTION: Wagon trails crossing the country in 1848 are shown in a new display being created at the Grand River Historical Society Museum. Curator Pam Clingerman uses string to show the trails on a large map on the wall.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Chillicothe artist Kelly Poling completed the mural in the first exhibit hall, showing a wagon train making its way across the country. Other exhibits include the newly lighted cases for the military displays, freshly wallpapered barber shop, and the new space reserved for special exhibits this month featuring "Spring Training" for the baseball enthusiasts.

The museum will be open on Sunday from 1 until 4 p.m. with punch and cookies for everybody.

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