Wakulla County Historical Society

"A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable." Thomas Jefferson

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Wakulla Museum and Archives Opens a New Exhibit

Mr. PageAn exhibit on Wakulla Station has been opened at the Wakulla Museum and Archives, downtown Crawfordville, Florida. The exhibit includes artifacts from people whose families lived in that community. We have a very strict policy and items on loan to the Museum are always returned to the person who brought them to the exhibit. Our exhibit cases are closed in glass. If you’d like to share something please contact the Museum: 926-1110 or 24research at gmail.com.

Photos of Wakulla Station Exhibit

The exhibit is now open for viewing.

Come See What Is Happening At The Museum

Wakulla County Historical Society Museum

The WCHS Museum staff has been busy! There are a lot of new, reasonably priced items for sale. Great selection from historic book to bird feeders with items to please every age. Remember, if you are a member, you will receive 10% off of your purchase.

Stop by and check us out from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Mary Ann Laird, Gift Shop Manager

Visit our Updated Genealogy Site

Thank you to Craig Kittendorf for updating our Genealogy Site. You can see who is buried in local cemeteries, check out marriages, and obituraries. More projects will be coming soon.

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Enjoy The Smithsonian Journey Stories

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Photos By Carolyn Harvey (the Wakulla County Mural “Greetings From Wakulla County” is copyrited and not for reproduction)

Wakulla County Historical Society now has our exhibit at the Panhandle Pioneer Village. It is awesome. Read on for more information.

Journey Stories will be at The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement in Blountstown, FL through August 25th. Join WCHS as we share Wakulla County Journey Stories and exhibit our counties history. Please see full details below.

The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement will be the host of *Journey Stories*, an exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street series.

The exhibition, sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, will be on display from July 14 to August 25 at the Settlement’s Club House.

The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement is located at Sam Atkins Park, 17869 NW Pioneer Settlement Road, Blountstown, FL 32424. (850)674-2777***

*Journey Stories* recounts the struggles of our ancestors as they traveled to North America and, once here, made their way across the continent. These are the stories of how our ancestors made the nation great – one step, one journey at the time.  The Settlement will be presenting local journey stories and local histories to complement the Smithsonian’s *Journey Stories* exhibition…
The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement is the only North Florida location to be selected to host *Journey Stories*.  All other Florida locations are in the south central and southern portions of the state…
*For more information about this event or about the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement Museum, please visit their website at www.panhandlepioneer.org. *

Antique Car Exhibit at The Museum and Archives By Jim Calhoun

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Photos by Cal Jamison

Gerrell Room Exhibit Antique Housewares

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Thanks to Terri Gerrell for sharing her collection of antique housewares circa late 1800’s to mid 1900’s.

Singer Treadle Sewing Machine Donated by Mike Kinsey

The Treadle Sewing Machine made women's life much easier

The Singer Treadle Sewing Machine
By Cathy Frank

The invention of the sewing machine during the mid-nineteenth century changed women’s lives. Godey’s Lady’s Book praised the sewing machine as “the queen of inventions,” noting that “it will do all the drudgeries of sewing, thus leaving time for the perfecting of the beautiful in woman’s handiwork.”

Although the sewing machine never replaced hand quilting, women took advantage of this new technology to apply bindings or assemble blocks and backings. The quilts displayed in our museum range from entirely handmade to combinations of machine and hand stitching to completely machine-made, showing how progress has affected the art of patchwork.

Elias Howe, Jr., and Isaac Merritt Singer: Although Elias Howe, Jr., is generally credited with patenting the first practical sewing machine in 1846, many inventors sought to improve on his basic design, leading to patent disputes. Howe’s rival, Isaac Merritt Singer, received a patent in 1851 for an improved sewing machine, but Howe sued Singer for patent infringement. Singer continued to improve on his own model, adding a foot treadle for hands-free operation and a carrying case that doubled as a stand. Singer eventually settled the suit with Howe in 1854.

The Attendance has been amazing! The Quilt Show, Model Cars, and Antique Household Wares Is A Big Hit

Anna Lopez with her quilt

Don’t forget to visit the WCHS Museum and Archives Thursday and Friday 10 – 4 and Sat. 10-2 to view our wonderful exhibits.

Beautiful quilts from modern, Native American, and antique will be on display. There will be a Silent Auction and a chance to win an “Opportunity Quilt”. Antique sewing machines, fabrics, and examples of sewing paraphernalia will be on display. The quilt items are loaned by The Wakulla County Quilters Guild.

Terri Gerrell has on display a wonderful array of antique household implements including kitchen wares.
Also on display is an awesome collection of antique model cars on loan from the Jim Calhoun Family. Model cars built to scale in great detail out of materials like wood, resin, tin, steel, cast iron, and plastic, collectible model cars run the gamut from the commonplace to the exotic.

Come see the latest donation of a Singer Treadle Sewing Machine cir. 1890. Thank you to the Schatzman’s!

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