The Bellville Historical Society is set to showcase the area’s rich heritage by opening their doors to fairgoers throughout the duration of the street fair festivities.
Museum curator Ruthie Shinabarker has spent several months revamping the historical society’s displays for a new look during the annual event.
“We are putting out some different material in the display cases,” said Shinabarker. “I’ve been changing around the displays so people can see some of different stuff.”
Currently, the curator is working on a display featuring the work of Bellville native Fern Bisel Peat who spent her artistic career illustrating children’s books of the first half of the 20th century.
“I remember having these as a child,” said Shinabarker of the books. “It’s great to get them on display, especially since she (Peat) was a Bellville person.”
As part of their military room, the museum will feature area service memorabilia including several newly discovered written pieces that document some of the music played during World War I.
In addition to the permanent historical society displays, Shinabarker is busy setting up the public room at the museum for Bellville resident Bill Smith’s model train collection.
Smith, the former owner of the House of Wood, has a huge display stated Shinabarker. The train exhibit is part of the museum’s effort to bring in new guests who are visiting the fair.
The museum is located at 159 Bell Street and will be open beginning Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. each day of the fair.
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