History

Cameras

It’s worth the climb to the third floor of the May-Stringer Museum. You’ll find yourself in the base of the tower and at the entrance to the fascinating attic.

This small area serves as an exhibit space for a collection of cameras and photographs.  Professional photographers plied their trade during the Civil War. Soldiers often ’sat for their likeness’ so their families would have something to remember them by if they didn’t make it home from the War. Studio portraits were common after the War.

Newspapers – A Window into the Past (Part 4)

We have now reached December 18, 1941 in our trip to the past. It was an historic month. The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor just eleven days before and the United States was at war. 

Everyone was behind the effort in big ways, as well as small. For example, a local businessman who volunteered with the Defense Stamp Publicity Sales Program was hosting a movie at the local movie theater. 

Notes from the Museums

The Corona Virus has forced more family time at home. Even though we tend to be attached to the electronics of today, there has been a resurgence of entertainment with board games and simple toys.

Sometimes the games of the past were homemade, such as checkers made from corncobs. Dried cobs were sliced into about half-inch sections. Then half were painted red and half were painted black. Placed on a checkered wooden board, the game began.

Newspapers – A Window into the Past (Part 3)

This is the third installment of my series on looking at past issues of the local newspaper. Our time machine has arrived in the year 1939. There was quite a bit going on both locally and nationally. 

Hernando was blessed with a fairly low crime rate as shown in the picture on the front page of the August 4th edition. Rather than have his deputies sit idle, the sheriff put them to work polishing his car.