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About the Project
A turtle fishing net from your childhood, the paddle your grandfather made scrapple with, a tool you used to shoe horses… these are kinds of items that help us understand our everyday history and illuminate the changes in our community.
The Show & Tell Project is a collection of everyday objects and reminiscences, told in the voices of their original owners. Like the “Show and Tell” of elementary schools, project participants are asked to select and donate a personal artifact that evokes significant personal memories. Working with our radio journalist, contributors have recorded their memories the artifact. The collection, along with the recorded memories, will form an important part of the museum’s permanent collection and will be part of an audio tour in the museum. Museum vistors will be able to view the objects and listen to their stories.
The goals of the Show & Tell Project are to:
- preserve traditional folkways, before memories fade
- reconnect families with their own pasts
- reinvigorate the art of public story-telling
- integrate new arrivals with traditional folkways
- create compelling stories valued for their uniqueness
- grow a network of individual stories, where values overlap
So, what’s in your attic?
We are now actively seeking objects to add to the Show & Tell collection and working with contributors to record memories. We are looking for everyday objects (tools, clothing, documents, photographs) from Milton and the Broadkill Hundred, which have a story or memory associated with them.
As a contributor, you can help us all understand our community’s past and become a part of Milton’s living history. So, if you think you have something you’d like to share, please call or email us. For more information about becoming a part of Show & Tell, see the page on contributing your memories.
For a sneak preview of one of the objects that are already a part of Show & Tell, just browse the collection.