PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS 

Looking for more information on one of our previous exhibits? Look no further! This page lists the past two years of special exhibits that have been displayed at the museum.

Classroom Curators - Early English Colonies

February 8, 2022 - June 1, 2022

This is the first iteration of the "Classroom Curators" project, a collaboration between the TCHM and area intermediate/secondary schools. Students curate an exhibition highlighting a subject they are learning about in school, with museum staff assisting and installing the exhibit. This exhibit covers the three Early English colonies of Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth. It was curated by two 5th grade classes at White Pines Intermediate School. 

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Mayflower model
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tobacco field
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Jamestown photo booth
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Pilgrim's House
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Roanoke Tree
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Roanoke houses
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Plymouth
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Land Purchase Record
Land Purchase Record

Black and white document, a government land purchase record from 1848.

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Newspaper Clippings
Newspaper Clippings

Close-up of a timeline for Hezekiah's life, with newspaper clippings for his prize-winning fruit.

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photo of the museum gallery, showing the timeline on the wall and the family tree

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Land Purchase Record
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Black and white document, a government land purchase record from 1848.

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Finding Hezekiah

January 2022 - February 2022

This month-long mini exhibit explores the history of Hezekiah Smith, a successful Black farmer and equal rights activist who lived in the Tri-Cities from 1848/9 until his death in 1896. Discover Hezekiah through government records and historical newspaper articles, and reflect on the legacies we leave behind. 

Marushka exhibit intro panels
Marushka exhibit intro panels

exhibit gallery panels with case with binders of Marushka designs. Michighan Rag Co. clothing hung on wall in the background

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Marushka exhibit screen printing tools
Marushka exhibit screen printing tools

Marushka exhibit case with tools for screen printing. Buckets with ink, cut design.

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view of Marushka exhibit
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View of entry way to Marushka exhibit showing display cases and screen printed canvasses hung on the walls

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Marushka exhibit intro panels
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From Concept to Classic Tee: 50 Years of Screen Printed Art at Marüshka

June 2021 - December 2021

Bold, iconic prints. Stretched canvases using a limited color palette. Images of plants, animals, nautical scenes, and more. Apparel featuring cheeky seagulls or watermelons printed on cotton, marrying comfort and style. When you think of Marüshka and Michigan Rag, these are the things you think of. A Tri-Cities institution celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, Marüshka innovated and evolved to meet customer interests while continuing some of the traditions and designs from its start to the present. This exhibit featured artifacts ranging from early print designs and sketchbooks to trapunto pieces, Michigan Rag garments, printing screens, and even clothing from Marüshka today.  

Silent Films and Speakeasies: Entertainment in the Roaring Twenties
May 20 - Oct 3, 2021

Curious about the different types of entertainment available to people in the Tri-Cities during the Jazz Age? This exhibit explored the variety of ways people spent their leisure time one hundred years ago, from the lighthearted fun of a day at the beach to the dangerous thrill of a speakeasy. Highlighted artifacts included everything from flapper dresses and card games to pianos and photographs!

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HIGHLAND PARK

 October 2020- May 2021

 

 This exhibition explores the history of Highland Park from its formation in 1886 to the present. Highland Park was founded by prominent residents of the Tri-Cities to be a summer resort for the Midwest's elite. The Highland Park Association, the governing body for the neighborhood, sold lots to people who built cottages within the resort. These cottages came to have their own names, some of which remain the same to this day. 

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WEST MICHIGAN PIKE

January 2020 - September 2020

West Michigan Pike explored how the lakeshore was turned into the booming tourism industry we know today. It detailed over 100 years of highway history.