Personal collections on display

Becky Vargo • Apr 4, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Barbie dolls from 1959 forward occupy a new display area in the lower level of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave.

The Community Case, located just past the museum’s customer service desk, is a chance for local residents to show off their own collections.

“This case is open or available for anybody who has a passion for something,” said Jared Yax, the local museum’s curator of exhibits. “They can also get an idea of what it is like to be a museum curator.”

The lockable case was placed in the museum last year in time for people to display Halloween and Christmas decoration collections.

Yax said that collectors could arrange their own display and create their own backgrounds and story cards. The case can be locked to protect the collection. Collectors can also remain anonymous, if they choose.

The Barbie exhibit, owned by area resident Lori Smith, contains a 35th anniversary reproduction of the first Barbie doll produced in 1959. Barbie’s creator signed the box.

A variety of dolls, clothing, cases and storybooks are also in the display.

Yax said that the Community Case exhibits would normally be on display for about a month. It depends on when another collection is ready. 

To display your collection, contact Yax by email at [email protected]rg or call the museum at 616-842-0700.

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