If you are the type of person who likes to wander around antique or second hand shops, you'll enjoy this. If you've ever wondered what type of stuff your neighbor might be hoarding, you'll enjoy this. If you think it would be fun to stock a "cultural capsule" to launch into outer space in hopes of making contact with other life forms, you'll enjoy this. "This" is "Carnegie's Closet", the current temporary exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center.
On display through early November, the exhibit showcases some of the items donated by area residents that are now part of the Carnegie's permanent collection, but not always on display. Items in the Carnegie's Closet are varied...clothing and accessories, kitchen paraphernalia, religious artifacts, toys, calendars, medical gear, souvenirs from around the world, vintage catalogs, school memorabilia, greeting cards, sewing and needlework supplies and local advertising ephemera. Some of the items are common and some unusual, but they all, in some way, tell something about life as it is or has been in the Chickasaw County area.
There is a lot to take in, so the Cultural Center is issuing a challenge that could pay off for attentive observers. Until the end of October, visitors are invited to find specific items and information in the exhibit and record what they have found on survey sheets. On October 31, drawings will be held from the completed forms for cash prizes in each of three age categories: Elementary (grades 1-6), Middle and High School (grades 7-12) and adult (out of high school). Taking up the challenge could be rewarding fun...it could also prompt one to take a more in depth look in his own closets!
The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Ave. in New Hampton. Fall and winter hours are: Thursdays 12-6; Saturdays 10-4; Sundays 1-4 or any time by appointment. Admission is free. For more information call (641) 394-2354 or visitwww.carnegieculturalcenter.org
Photos: The Carnegie's Closet illustrates the beauty of ordinary kitchen utensils and the unusual items collected by a Chickasaw County turn of the century world traveler, Harry Dane.