This past week, things were beginning to look up in the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center. Entering the front door,
your eyes are focused upward to the latest design features by Tom Foppe of Foppe Visual Communications Designs. Large photo posters attached to the ceiling of the museum depict large post card photos of early Litchfield history such as main street Litchfield, the old train station, the Litchfield Hotel, the post office, the library and several early Litchfield businesses. Other items received were early home and farm equipment, such as an old butter churn, a rope maker, a hand corn sheller, a wheat cradle, and an onion shovel. Other prize items donated by Bill Dees were an old 1950 Admiral radio console, a functioning 1950 jukebox, as well as a large photo of employees in front of the American Radiator Company circa 1911.
The Museum Association is looking for more items to display by their opening on June 1st. Please help the group by donating items. For each item received, the person giving or loaning the item will be recognized for the gift on a name plate. The association is also promoting the sale of bricks in their fund raising efforts to complete construction of the museum. The bricks make perfect gifts for anniversaries, birthdays, Mother's or Father's Day. A 4 x 8 brick may be purchased in honor of, in memory of, or in recognition of an individual or a group. The cost is $66. These bricks will be permanently set in the museum memorial garden for all to see in the years ahead by visitors to the museum.
Litchfield Chamber of Commerce moved into a museum room this past week. Helen Saxby and Dawn Pezold represent the Chamber on the Museum Association.
Lynn Reener has stepped up to taking over the treasurers job in the absence of Sharon Wood. She has been very helpful in filing all the records of items received by the museum. A committee was also formed for planning the grand opening. The next meeting of the Association will be May 14th at 2 P.M.