Journey Stories stops in Bowling Green PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:28
Surveying equipment from the turn of the 20th century on display for the Journey Stories exhibit at the Wood Historical Center and Museum. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Some trips are made by train. Others by foot, by car or by air. But, in the end, they all have one thing in common: everyone has a traveling tale to tell.
Journey Stories, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition focusing on how transportation and migration helped build the United States, will be on display at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum beginning Saturday and running through Sept. 15.
"Everybody has a journey story," said Center Director Dana Nemeth, "whether it's you moving to the county to knowing the story of how your parents ended up here, or your grandparents, it's part of everyone's story."
The center is the only location in Northwest Ohio to host the exhibit.
To augment the display, the site will also have their own which will chronicle journeys to the old Wood County Infirmary, and to Wood County itself.
"We received funding from the Ohio Humanities council to create a companion exhibit along with the national exhibit about how and why people settled in Wood County."
"We are putting them in the east wing," explained Nemeth, "which worked out very nicely, to place them in the period rooms that we already had in that area. So the Victorian parlor has the information about the railroad being built and the expansion that way and migration west. The Arts and Crafts room has the information about the airplane and travel during the turn of the century. The rise of leisure travel is in our 1950s soda fountain room."
The local and national displays will be exhibited together based on how they overlap with those respective themes.
Cameras from the turn of the 20th century on display for the Journey Stories exhibit at the Wood Historical Center and Museum.
The Center has been planning for the exhibit for over a year, said Nemeth, and displays are being put up in the Wood County District Public Library, the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Grounds for Thought to promote the event.
"It's traveling around the rest of Ohio. So we're the second venue for this fall exhibit in Ohio."
A number of other events are being tied into the exhibit, including two talks at the Center by author and scholar David Simmons - one this Sunday at 2 p.m. on the "Romance and Symbolism of Covered Bridges," and another Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. on "Bringing the Canals to Ohio."
The Center's curator and humanities scholar Holly Hartlerode Uppal will present "Journey Stories to the Infirmary" Aug. 18 at 2 p.m., and some presentations in this year's Wood County Living History Day, taking place at 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at Oak Grove Cemetery, will also feature local personalities who "brought their families here for work and ended up settling in the area."
"I think it's fun to see the bigger picture, to understand that your family migrating to Ohio during the Depression was a common story for a lot of people throughout the country," said Nemeth.
Details on all programs can be found at or by calling (419) 352-0967. The Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and weekends 1 to 4 p.m., with extended hours during special events.

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