Museum features two new exhibits

Museum features two new exhibits Two new exhibits have recently been added to the W. H. Over Museum.  The family of Russell and Kay Heikes recently donated a quilt that Kay Heikes had created after sending for autographs from celebrities throughout the world.  Each name is centered on a large flower and is embroidered in black.  In addition to the Heikes family signatures, Presidents Bill Clinton and Dwight Eisenhower and their wives are included as are the names of many famous actors, musicians, and other personalities.  A new case has been fashioned to display the quilt and a list of names and a short history regarding the quilt is displayed in the west hallway in the Over Museum. One of the other major new exhibits at the Over is a one-room country school replica.  The replica allows visitors to actually enter the exhibit to look at the books and records on display there.  The latest addition to this exhibit is the picture which Ginny Putz and Pat Steckleberg, both of Vermillion, recently completed.  Their original painting, which now hangs on the west wall, depicts a typical country school yard scene from long ago and is framed to look like a window.  Genny and Pat are pictured above with their picture. In honor of the Vermillion's Sesquicentennial, plans had been made to relocate the one-room schoolhouse replica on the west grounds of the museum.  This was to be a joint venture for the Vermillion Lion's Club and the Friends of the W. H. Over Museum.  The replica had originally been located on the campus near what is now the National Music Museum and since has been moved to different locations.  When permission was not forthcoming, it was decided to rejuvenate the existing one-room school exhibit already in the museum.  A crew of museum volunteers, including Gene Iverson, Ken Wurtz, John Spurlock, Larry Bradley, and Maxine Johnson designed and created the exhibit.  Included are a school bell from one of the area country schools and pictures of Washington and Lincoln originally found in the Marshalltown School; a copy of a letter from Laura Ingalls Wilder along with pictures of the first schoolteachers in Vermillion.  Textbooks and school papers as well as other items complete the exhibit. In June, what is hoped to be an annual event, Rhubarb Day was celebrated.  This event was held on the same day that Rhubarb Day is celebrated in Lanesboro, MN and it is hoped to create a collaborative event in the future.  The largest rhubarb leaf on display came from a plant which is 120 years old and was brought in from Dell Rapids by the family that still resides on the homestead. The leaf measured approximately 35 inches – the smallest leaf that was brought in was 25 inches.  The recipe contest featured many kinds of culinary creations and these recipes are available upon request from the museum (call 677-5228). Also on display in the museum is an extensive display of Vermillion memorabilia prepared by Jeanette Williams.  She has also included items from USD.  The annual display from Frogman Studio, Beresford, has recently been in Sletwold Hall and a display of items newly received from an early Vermillion family, including a basket that carried personal items from Sweden, has been prepared by students working at the museum this summer.  The students have also created new signage for many of the exhibits.  The students, Gregory Brothers, Laci Paul, Kerrie Oakley and  Jan Nachtigal, are able to work at the museum thanks to stimulus funds received from the South Dakota State Department of Labor. The weekend of July 30, 31 and Aug. 1 and 2 will find the Vermillion Lions at the I-29 rest area serving pancakes to travelers to benefit the W. H.  Over Museum – our friends from Vermillion are cordially invited to come out to show their support as the Friends of the Museum are always appreciative of the support shown by the citizens of Vermillion.  We invite everyone to visit the museum to see our new exhibits. 

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