Sunday, February 28, 2010

All Local Crawfordsville Museums Debut New Exhibits

Crawfordsville’s local cultural attractions are gearing up for another exciting visitation season, preparing new exhibits, displays and presentations in anticipation of their public openings next week.

The Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County will kick off its 2010 season on Tuesday, March 2 with its Annual Meeting of the Membership of the Friends of the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County from 5:00-8:00 p.m., where members will get a first look at the Museum’s new exhibits and meet the 2010 Invention Convention contest winners. Beginning March 3, 2010, the Carnegie Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. The Carnegie’s upcoming exhibits include: The Story of Sugar Creek, in conjunction with the Friends of Sugar Creek; Democracy in Action, a collaborative project with the Montgomery County League of Women Voters; Invention Convention and High School Prom. In June and July the Carnegie will host Inside Peanuts: the Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz.

The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, which has been open to visitors since February 3, will debut their new exhibit, Sanctuary: Preserving the Legacy of Lew Wallace during a members-only sneak preview party on March 3 and a public grand opening on Saturday, March 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Sanctuary exhibit features images and artifacts relating to the unique Study building, Wallace’s personal sanctuary, ideally suited to his interests in science, art, and reminiscing. The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum is open for regular tours on Wednesdays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00-5:00 p.m.

The Rotary Jail Museum will present its new exhibit featuring the artwork of the Sugar Creek Quilters Guild Study Groups, beginning with a reception on March 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The exhibit will be on display at the Jail through May 31. Visitors will be able to view beautiful finished quilts such as a Quilt of Hope, which will be given to a cancer patient after the exhibit, and a Quilt of Valor, which will be presented to a local soldier.

In addition to finished quilts, the exhibit will feature individual quilt blocks and some works in progress from quilters who are learning new techniques. Quilts in-the-making serve to illustrate another dimension of quilt creation, according to Montgomery County Cultural Foundation Executive Director Tamara Hemmerlein. “Our unfinished quilts show all that goes into the construction of a quilt, and the incredible amount of work and creativity that is invested into each piece.”

The solemn traditions in a Victorian-era house of mourning will be interpreted this year at Lane Place with their new exhibit, Coffins, Crape and Cakes: Nineteenth-Century Mourning at the Lane Place. The mirrors of the stately antebellum mansion will be draped in black, the doorbell will be muffled, and an elegant casket will stand in the formal parlor to illustrate the regular customs adopted by bereaved families in the Victorian period. The exhibit will run through November 2010; The Lane Place is open for tours on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

The Ropkey Armor Museum, located north of State Road 32 on CR 150 North in Crawfordsville, will feature it's newly restored Viet Nam era Tank, the M 41 Walker Bulldog, this spring. This summer the museum will offer its initial presentation of the "Faces of Freedom" exhibit, inspired by the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. They will also be introducing to their collection a reproduction of the mural by well-known artist Don Peters commemorating the Allied liberation of Rome during WWII. On September 17-19, the museum will be hosting the regional convention and open house of Military Vehicle Preservation Association, and on November 11, Veterans Day, the Ropkey Museum will hold its first-annual Veterans Bean Soup Supper in support of the local VFW and American Legion.

For more information on these museums and others in the area, contact the Montgomery County Visitors and Convention Bureau at 765-362-5200 or visit them online at

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