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Thursday, 10 July 2014 08:45
Holly Hartlerode, curator for the Wood County Historical Center and Museum, looks over a display that she organized. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Tucked away in the attic and some outbuildings of the Wood County Historical Center are treasures hidden - at least temporarily - from the public view. PHOTO BLOG
As curator at the historical center, Holly Hartlerode cares for the aging items. Photographs of some of the artifacts appear on page 22 of today's Sentinel-Tribune.
Because there are so many artifacts at the museum, and only so much room for displays, exhibits have to be rotated in the sprawling two-story museum and barn.
That means many items are stored away until they can once again be exhibited.
So in the attic right now are rows of old manual typewriters, shelves of figurine salt and pepper shakers, and racks of historic clothing. There are aging high school varsity jackets, smartly pressed military uniforms from several eras, and wedding dresses once wore by young brides.
Also in the attic are wooden coffins of various sizes, old furniture, and rickety wooden wheelchairs. There are shelves of delicate china, textiles, business equipment and sewing items.

Elsewhere on the grounds, in some of the outbuildings, other larger items are stored. For example, there are seemingly endless pieces of antique farm equipment, plus the old "Pines Roller Rink" sign from the once popular skating spot in downtown Bowling Green.
Also stored is a bulky metal jail cell, built by the village smithy in 1891 to hold prisoners in the nearly town of Portage.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:25

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