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Historical Hoopla comes to Museum

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Clay County Historical Society Museum recently received several items to put on display such as these printing blocks. [Order this photo]
* Museum receives new pictures, printing blocks

The Clay County Historical Society Museum in Brazil has captured more of its past with some recent historical acquisitions.

The Museum, located at 100 E. National Ave., recently inherited hundreds of years of artifacts which chronicle various points in the history of the county.

The items were donated by 85-year-old Vero Beach, Fla., native Jean Friesell.

Friesell, who lived in Pittsburgh as a child, said she and her siblings spent all their childhood summers at the Bowling Green home of their grandparents, Philip and Fredricka Muehler Elkis.

Friesell said she grew attached to the area during her childhood and was happy to donate the items to the museum in hopes to keep the history of the area alive.

The most noted artifacts were a collection of photographs dating back to the 1800s.

The pictures ranged from historical landmarks, such as a Civil War Memorial and the Bowling Green Courthouse, which was operational from 1852-1901, to more personalized photos like church picnic gatherings.

Another major find was a collection of 50 old printing blocks, which were once used to print photographs. Friesell said it cost $500 for get the blocks hand printed, but she had no problem spending the money because it "was very important to have them."

Friesell encountered the items from her uncle Harry Elkis, a noted Clay County historian who was known to travel out of state in order to collect needed historical information. Friesell called her deceased uncle "a natural born researcher" and said he deserved acknowledgment for the hard work he put in to bring these artifacts to life.

"(Elkis) deserves all the credit," Friesell said. "I simply inherited these items, he's the one who made them happen."

Ed Modisitt, a member of the historical society board, said the artifacts were a terrific find for the museum and they were "very happy to get them." He said how exactly they would go about displaying the items was still to be determined, and that it would be a board decision to see how they would be showcased.

Mary Moore, the Curator of the Historical Society, concurred the items were of great importance and could not forsee a scenario where they would not become a major point of emphasis for the museum.

"I think these findings are very significant," Moore said. "There's a lot of history here. I'm sure we'll end up putting them on exhibit."

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Awesome. Given the impotance of history, maybe the society can focus on saving historical stuctures like the hospital and downtown Brazil's architecture. NO MORE CVSs!!!!!!

-- Posted by softcloth on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 10:07 PM

That is so cool

-- Posted by kd323 on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 11:22 AM

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