Students organized exhibit at Wilmington College with Ruth Brindle
Four students at Wilmington College have curated, designed and installed the interactive exhibit at the Quaker Heritage Center under the direction of Ruth Brindle. “Knick Knacks and Knowledge” features vintage toys from the museum’s permanent collection that are a nostalgic trip down memory lane for many parents and a look into the past for younger visitors.
Visitors roll inflatable dice and move around the exhibit on a life-sized “game board” answering questions that are divided into three levels of difficulty. The exhibit appeals to children of all ages because of the way it was designed for interaction and participation. The Wilmington College students made a conscious decision to exclude electronic toys from the exhibit and focus on handmade, homemade and simple toys such as Lincoln Logs, a farm play set, dolls and paper dolls, a yo-yo, marbles and some board games like Monopoly and Yahtzee.
Some of Ruth’s personal faves include the Farm Play set, and the Holmes stereoscope viewer from the 1880s and a Viewmaster circa 1970s. Both of these toys allowed the user to view something in a new way that had a 3-dimensional quality that reflected the “technology” of the time period.
Many Special Events and a Loyalty Card!
There are many special events surrounding the exhibition, including a Scavenger hunt through DEC 30th, and a toy-themed film festival that will take place in April. Participate in the Scavenger Hunt by following the QHC on FACEBOOK.
You can take an online survey to vote for your favorite films and the top 4 will be played at the film festival. Online voting ends FEB 28th.CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY
Loyalty Cards are available at the QHC Exhibit for participants. After completing activities, you receive 10 total card punches and then you can redeem your loyalty card at Kava Haus for a free cuppa! For a complete list of exhibition-related EVENTS CLICK HERE.
Quaker Heritage Center HOURS & Contact Info:
EXHIBIT Dates: November 2, 2016, through April 28, 2017
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays (November 5, January 28, February 25, March 25, and April 22), 12 noon to 5 p.m.
CLOSED November 23, 24, 25, December 26-January 2, January 16, and April 14
1870 Quaker Way
Wilmington, OH 45177