There are wooden -- and seemingly indestructible -- classroom desks from the 1950s. There's a restored mahogany mantle from an early log cabin home and a decades-old pharmacy section with pictures of thyme and cake fillers for sale.
"I want people to feel like they've walked back into their younger years,"
The city has been working on the new museum the last few years. Last year, the council received a
"This was a challenging building to renovate," said
Right now, the museum is 50 percent complete. Such historical items as a washboard, a Singer sewing machine from the 1920s and a manual typewriter still have to be placed on the shelves. Two half-body mannequins have to be outfitted in
Friedman is counting on residents to donate additional items. The museum, she said, needs them.
"People have all kinds of things in the attic," she said.
The city is eyeing an October grand opening.
"We want to have it ready for the kids in school," Friedman said.
In the classroom section, there will be a virtual teacher -- probably Friedman -- speaking about the history of
"The teacher will talk about the beginnings and the hurricane that came through in 1928 and destroyed many of the houses," Friedman said. "We're creating history and making people a part of it."
On a recent afternoon, Friedman met with workers of
She also stressed that the museum, which smells like the inside of a brand new car, is a living, evolving thing that should last a long time.
"As new things come in, we will display them. Otherwise, when you walk in once, you've seen everything and you don't want to come back," Friedman said. "We want this museum to always be developing. It's not a dead thing."
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