Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


March 3, 2014

'Old Friends' exhibit highlights favorite toys from the past

ASHLAND — The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center is knee deep in spring cleaning, even though the forcast says “more snow ahead.” Two of the three exhibit areas on the mezzanine are getting a new coat of paint during the changing of the exhibits.

“Old Friends: Playthings of the Past” was completed last week. This exhibit takes you through 100 years of toy history. You will learn about the origins of some of the most popular toys as you walk by displays featuring dolls, board games, action figures, and much more!  Keep your eyes open for “Old Friends” you may have forgotten.  The exhibit is open now until July.

A few of the many exhibits found on the Mezzanine include:

‰“School Daze:” A step back in time where one can visit a one-room, 19th century schoolhouse when one teacher taught all grades in a single classroom. This area features a “blackboard,” chalk and erasers and individual slates for students to write lessons. 

‰“Early Kentucky:”  Highlights Native American cultures and the first white explorers to enter the Kentucky landscape. 

‰The Discovery Center is getting a facelift as well. Exhibitors in the DC are being asked to upgrade their space. Community Trust Bank has done a marvelous job of refurbishing by the painting of the exact replica of their vault by artists Denise Spaulding and Melanie Osborne. Children can practice skills as a teller and pick up a plan which will encourage them to begin saving money at an early age.

The Star Chamber is designed to help children learn about space and the stars.  The area features a black light where children can dress up as an astronaut and see themselves glow in the surrounding mirrors while learning about the solar system and stars.

A long, snowy, cold winter day seems so much better when having fun while “discovering” at the Discovery Center.  The exhibits are designed for entertainment; cognitive, emotional, social and physical development.  Special craft activities are offered at most stations where children can practice what they have learned in the exhibit. 

Special events

Rental space is available at the museum and is a great place for your special occasion. 

We can accommodate large groups up to 325 for receptions, wedding, reunions, etc., small groups of 40 or fewer for conferences, showers, etc. and the party room in the Discovery Center for children’s birthday parties.

Travel visits

As vacation time approaches, visiting museums along the way is a wonderful lesson in history for children and adults alike. 

The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers which allows you, as a member, to visit more than 350 museums worldwide at free or reduced rates.

Giving support

The museum is supported by community businesses through our Continuing Sponsor Banner and Continuing Sponsor Plaque Campaigns. 

Each business that shows support receives a banner or plaque with their company name on it.  The banners are hung on the main floor and the plaques are mounted on our Supporters and Benefactors Wall.

Your family, group or business is cordially invited to become part one of our supporters.


The museum invites you to become part of our growing family of volunteers.

As the school tour season approaches, we are in need of tour guides. A volunteer training session for guides will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday.  If interested, call (606) 329-8888.

The Ladies of the Highlands is a support group for the museum who sponsors the Christmas Tour of Homes, The Spring Tea and assists in so many ways.  They meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. at the museum. 

For more information,  visit highlandsmuseum.com or call (606) 329-8888. The museum is at 1620 Winchester Ave. in Ashland.

CAROL R. ALLEN is executive director of the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center.


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