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The Hamburg Historical Museum is operated by the Hamburg Historical Society.
The President's Column
More Words from
Wayne Burkhardt, President
Hamburg Historical Society
A CHALLENGE By the Hamburg Historical Museum
We are seeking the person who can tell us what "life lesson" hides within the poem "I Want To Fly."
The Rules: The complete answer must be descrbed in one well constructed sentence. The winner will be rewarded for their brevity and clarity. The entry which most closely mimics the author's answer will be judged the winner.
The Challenge Period: From now through the month of November 2016.
The Prize: One Grand Prize. And Prizes for 2nd and 3rd Places (unspecified at this time).
Hamburg Historical Musuem Re-Opened Saturday, September 24, 2016
The roof is fixed - it fact, it has been replaced and major changes have been done in the interior galleries. There are still many things to do, but we hope you will stop in soon.
Hours will continue after Saturday:
- Mondays - 1 - 4 p.m.
- Wednesdays - 4 - 7 p.m.
- Saturdays - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Have a few hours here and there to work on various projects at the Museum?
We need your help to keep things running smoothly. Jobs available include accessioning new items, updating archive records and photos, research, docents and always, dusting. Also, we need a train enthusiast to landscape the 1920 Hamburg HO train layout. Work time is during regular Museum hours. Let us know if you are interested. Call 810-986-0190 or drop in during regular hours. Thank you for considering becoming a volunteer.
Raise The Roof On The Hamburg Historical Museum
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Words alone cannot express the thanks owed to those of you who have made thef our Raise The Roof campaign successful!!
Joyce Terry in Honor of Vicki & Steve Davis
Smart Auto Repair
Zukey Lake Tavern
Borek Jennings Funeral Home
Jump In – J. Kilburn
Golden Car Show
Don & Yvonne Strange
Janet Winkelhaus Rae
Jeff & MaryBeth Miller
Hughes & Jeffries
John F. Hipple
Carl & Susan Argiroff
Donald & Marlene Rand
Charles & Petra Sherwood
John & Louann Bishopp
Ellen & Dottie Babas
Kay Ann Dunlavy
All American Afternoon
Branden & Autumn O'Grady
David & Margot Barkerv
Dan & Mary Jane Radloff
Eco Physics, Inc.
Stephen & Marilyn Harrington
Brian, Carrie & Lillian Schulz
John & Vicki Leighton
Ed & Cathy Colone
Bob & Barbara Nagy
Mary & Irma Pedersen
Chip & Linda Shultes
Ken & Alice Winkelman
Benefit Garage Sale
GO FUND ME (RAISE THE ROOF)
Jeff & Mary Beth Miller
YOUR HELP IN ANY WAY AT THE MUSEUM -- PRICELESS!!
For online donations, visit Gofundme.com/c50fh4.
Basement Treasures Area
Items are added almost on a daily basis, so make it a point to come in and browse for those "I can't live without' items.
Lots of items at your price. Cleaning closets and drawers? We are always looking for new treasurers to put in our resale shop. Your donations are tax-deductible.
Looking for that unique gift that doesn't cost much? Check out the Museum Gift Shop. We have a variety of wonderful gift items for you and those on your list.
All items are reasonably priced and would be an added attraction to your home!
Model Train Area/Models
The Village of Pinckney (ca. 1910) Display is now ready for viewing on the township display in the Train Gallery.
Upcoming Tea Room Events
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If you think of other things that would encourage people to visit and enjoy our jewel in the community, please let us know.
Hooked Rugs Display At the Museum
The Hooked Rug display in the history club alcove across from the gift shop is particularly appropriate in an historical museum. Hooked Rugs are the only art or craft that originated on this continent, and it was started by farmers way back in the 1600s – even before the Mayflower arrived. It was started by farmers who were settled on this continent by the British navy. Those very early farmers were charged with the job of creating "naval stores". Naval stores consisted then of turpentine made from the sap of pine trees, very tall, straight and strong trees to replace masts on ships, and flax that was grown, spun, and woven to make linen for the sails on British war ships. The surplus scraps and threads from the sail-making were used to make mats or rugs to make their primitive living conditions more comfortable. The rugs on display are not that old – they were all made in Hamburg by antique shop owner Phyllis Lindblade. They are made in the primitive folk-art style, using wide cut strips of recycled wool that are pulled through linen or burlap fabric.
Burlap came to the United States in about 1850 and rug hooking attained widespread popularity then because burlap sacks could be recycled for backing and worn-out clothing could be hand-cut into strips. Very few of these rugs have survived because burlap deteriorates after decades of intensive use. The rugs you can see in the display are made with wool strips used almost like paint to create a picture – usually of daily life or as a memorial to beloved pets. There is one rug that was hung in the museum building for about a year or so back when the library was still using the building. That rug shows some of Hamburg Village: the antique shop, the business next door, and the church/library/museum building.
Part of the display was donated by Harriet Ecklund. She acquired a collection of tools and information about a way to punch rugs that was popular in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Check out the stamps on the envelope that held everything on the table – the cost of postage has risen a little since then.