Historical society’s James exhibit set to visit Hebron

HEBRON – The McHenry County Historical Society’s newest mobile exhibit will debut Saturday at Von Bergen’s Country Market, 9805 Route 173 in Hebron.

The mobile museum, known as The James and driven by volunteer Bill Stutz, will appear at Von Bergen’s Annual Antique Tractor Show and Plow Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature historical information and artifacts plucked from the society’s museum inventory and archives.

Twenty-five individuals from the society’s diverse community of members, volunteers and board of directors, and members of the McHenry County Joint Council of Historic Groups, were invited to serve as guest curators for the exhibit. Exhibits and collections coordinator Kira Halvey designed and installed the items in The James.

Guest curators selected objects from the museum’s collection that hold historical interest or personal meaning to them. The objects range from vintage clothing and textiles to photographs, historical documents, maps, kitchen and household collectibles, railroad memorabilia, military items, and unique odds and ends that are rarely exhibited in the historical society’s museum.

The items will remain on display in The James through September 2013. The public can next view the exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at the society’s annual Cider Fest.

Festivalgoers also will see displays and demonstrations of antique tools by members of the Midwest Tool Collectors Association, a barn-raising at 12:30 p.m., how to make brooms and cider the old-fashioned way and treasures at the biannual “white elephant” sale.

Music will be performed by Charlie B and Friends.

For information, visit www.gothistory.org.

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