Museum needs your old toys
Do you have an original Teddy Ruxpin sitting in a box in the closet? Are your vintage Barbie dolls gathering dust on a shelf? Are your old Cabbage Patch Dolls waiting to be adopted by someone new?...
Do you have an original Teddy Ruxpin sitting in a box in the closet? Are your vintage Barbie dolls gathering dust on a shelf? Are your old Cabbage Patch Dolls waiting to be adopted by someone new?
Give the Becker County Historical Society a call. BCHS Executive Director Becky Mitchell is looking for like-new or “gently used” toys from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, as well as the 2000s, to be part of a holiday toy exhibit at the museum.
“We would really like to have toys from the 1960s or newer, but we will accept older ones as well,” Mitchell said.
During the week of Nov. 23-29, the museum will be closed to make room for the exhibit.
“The museum will be transformed to resemble an old-fashioned toy store or general store,” Mitchell said. “The idea is to get us all into the holiday spirit. We want to invite kids of all ages to walk down memory lane, or show their own kids what the toys were like when they were growing up.”
Some classic toys and board games look much the same today as they did 50 years ago, while others, though they may have been around for just as long, have gone through numerous changes, Mitchell said.
“Today’s generation doesn’t even play with the same toys as kids did 10-15 years ago,” she said.
“The exhibit will be unveiled the morning of Monday, Nov. 30 - the same day as Santa’s Grand Parade of Lights,” Mitchell added. “It’s sort of a kickoff to the holiday season.”
In conjunction with the toy exhibits, the museum will be having Family Day events on Dec. 5, 12 and 19, with a variety of family-oriented activities that parents and children can engage in together.
“The idea is for families to create some memories together,” Mitchell added.
For more information, or to make a donation for the exhibit, please contact the Becker County Historical Society at 218-847-2938, or visit the museum at 714 Summit Ave.
The museum’s regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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