"Richard Cook:  Rail Images of a Past  Era"                             New Exhibition  April 8 - November 7, 2021 EXTENDED UNTIL SPRING

 Beautiful 11 x 14 matted prints of 5 different photos are available in our giftshop or go to Shop here on our website to order.

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The Allen County Museum presents the exhibition "Richard Cook: Rail Images of a Past Era", highlighting over 35 photographs by the late railroad photographer.  Cook was a native of Cleveland and a former resident of Lima.   The collection contains over 2,000 photographic negatives donated to the museum by his wife in 1995.  Exhibited for the first time, this collection of photographs captures the essence of the historic era of the train, detailing these giant machines in the background of daily life - as part of the landscape at the roundhouses and locomotive factories, train stations, city scenes, and countryside.  

The exhibition continues through November 7, 2021. 

Click here to explore some of Richard Cook's photographs online.

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For more than a century, the Allen County Historical Society has been preserving our area's rich history. Your membership is more than an expression of your interest in history, antiquities, innovation, and tradition. It is an affirmation of the significant role that our organization and Museum plays in our community and beyond. You will gain access to exciting educational and entertaining programs, exhibitions, behind the scenes perspectives, and valuable  discounts - all while supporting the Society's century-long legacy of making our Museum available to everyone.

HISTORY IS ESSENTIAL...

History nurtures personal identity and enables us to discover our own place within the stories of our families, communities, and nation. Stories of freedom and equality, injustice and struggle, loss and achievement, and courage and triumph help us to understand how the world in which we live was shaped by those who came before. Through these varied stories, we develop personal values that guide our approach to life and our relationships with others.

History is the foundation for strong and vibrant communities. A place only becomes a community when it's wrapped in human memory. Our connections and commitment to one another are strengthened when we share stories and experiences.

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History is essential to our future. At the heart of democracy is the practice of individuals coming together to express views and take action. Weaving history into discussions about current issues clarifies differing perspectives, reveals complexities, grounds competing views in evidence, and introduces new ideas all of which can lead to greater understanding and viable community solutions.

OUR FEATURE EXHIBIT

LOCOMOTION IN LIMA

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UPCOMING EVENTS

49th Annual Christmas Tree Festival

December 1st thru December 5th

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Family Printmaking Workshop 

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 1:30 pm

Free, Register in Advance

The Allen County Museum is pleased to announce a family printmaking program organized by the education department. Sign up now to attend this free Family Printmaking Workshop on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. for children ages five and older accompanied by parents and/or guardians.

Join special guest artist and K-12 art teacher, Al Venturella, for this new program designed to coincide with the closing day of the exhibition, Richard Cook: Rail Images of a Past Era, on display in our Changing Gallery. Learn basic printmaking techniques in this first-time workshop! Inspired by our current exhibit, imprint a pre-drawn locomotive design into a styrofoam block, creating your own printing block similar to a stamp. Then learn how to use printmaking tools to create editions of your print!

Adults will enjoy this workshop as much as the kids! Children must be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact Sarah Rish at 419-222-9426 or by e-mail: srish@allencountymuseum.org

COLLECTIONS
Archives & Research
Transportation
Railroads
Photographs
Decorative Arts
Industry
Rocks & Minerals

Allen County Museum's 1st Annual T-Shirt Fundraiser
        featuring the newly restored 1918 Howitzer

Start your collection today!!  Beginning in 2021 the Allen County Museum will feature a different artifact from our collection on a T-shirt as a fundraiser to help raise money for the Museum.  Just go to Shop to order.