Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 23, 2014

Toy collection, swimsuits remain on exhibit at museum

CAROL R. ALLEN
The Independent

ASHLAND — The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center has an outstanding collection of vintage clothing and toys.  We are proud to present our latest exhibits, which will put you in a playful mood.

“Old Friends:  Playthings of The Past” will take you through 100 years of toy history.  The viewer will learn about the origins of some of the most popular toys, including dolls, board games, action figures and much more. 

“Beauties of the Sea” explores swim attire through the decades of 1910 through 1980. In the beginning of the 1900s, women were fully clothed. In the 1930s, the amount of skin a women showed had to be measured before she was permitted to enter the beach.

Traipsin’ woman

The Legacy of Jean Thomas Exhibit gives the history of how she recognized the value of preserving Appalachian ballads and was the first to value not only the songs, but the native born musicians who played and sang them. Her founding of the American Folk Song Festival in 1932 brought national attention to the folk musicians of eastern Kentucky.

Visiting schools

We have entered the busy time at the museum, when many Tri-State school groups visit. 

In addition to guided tours for our exhibits, we also offer workshops in The Solar System, Deep Down Under (the geological wonders of caves) and Aqua Adventure (a diving adventure into the Caribbean).

The Country Music Heritage Hall exhibit showcases 12 local musicians whose careers have brought national acclaim. The exhibit coincides with Ashland’s U.S. 23 Country Music Highway.  Featured in the Heritage Hall are musicians who were born and raised in Eastern Kentucky such as The Judds, Keith Whitley, Loretta Lynn, Billy Ray Cyrus and more.

In celebration of our Country Music Heritage, the museum will offer open mic night the third Thursday of each month beginning April 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome to take the mic in performing bluegrass and classic country music only. 

We are rich in talent in this area and the museum wants to give the performers a chance for an audience and give classic country and bluegrass music lovers an opportunity to enjoy it all in an environment where stars’ memorabilia is on display.  Admission is $3 per person.

Upcoming tea

The Ladies of the Highlands are busy planning the “Victorian Tea” which was a smashing success last year. 

The event will be at 2 p.m. May 10. It will be a delightful experience of delicious delicacies served on beautifully decorated tables featuring fine linen and dishes. What a wonderful opportunity to bring the generations of ladies in the family together or a group of friends the day before Mother’s Day!

A presentation concerning teas will be given by Jean Fraley. Tickets may be purchased at the museum or from Ladies of the Highlands for $25.  

More hours

The museum’s hours are expanding! We will open  Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning April 3. A membership in the museum is a great investment.  Highlands is a member of ASTC which allows members to enjoy free or reduced admission to more than 350 museums worldwide.

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