Collections to be shared at museum's Third Saturday


Memorabilia from a 1958 accidental strafing of homes in Sheboygan Falls, Oostburg and Hingham by an Air Force B-47 will be part of the Third Saturdays program this week at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum. The Novotny daughters (above) are shown in their bedroom that was hit by a bullet. The hole is visible in the wall above the daughter holding her piggy bank that was struck as well. Air Force investigators (below) are shown inspecting one of the houses hit by misfired bullets. — Submitted photos Memorabilia from a 1958 accidental strafing of homes in Sheboygan Falls, Oostburg and Hingham by an Air Force B-47 will be part of the Third Saturdays program this week at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum. The Novotny daughters (above) are shown in their bedroom that was hit by a bullet. The hole is visible in the wall above the daughter holding her piggy bank that was struck as well. Air Force investigators (below) are shown inspecting one of the houses hit by misfired bullets. — Submitted photos Collectors and Their Collections will be the “Third Saturday” program Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Ave., Sheboygan.

Collecting is an activity that just about anyone can do. One simply needs to find a subject that has personal meaning and then set aside the time, and sometimes money, to find the items needed. From the popular collectables like baseball cards to the unique item, almost anything can be collected.

To collect, one needs to know the details. A collection is valued on the rare items that are a part of it. The slightest flaw can make an item important. The coloration of an action figures head to a misspelled word, the smallest detail is what matters. It makes the item rare which makes the item hard to find.

The collector must be active in the pursuit, but yet patient. One needs to know the right places to search. Even with this information, it could still take years to find that right piece. The search is a large reason some people decide to collect and finding the item being searched for brings a feeling of accomplishment that cannot be beat. There is a sense of pride in showing a collection. Collectors, and especially museums, understand this.

Joining us on this day will be Pat Mahlendorf sharing her collection of Teddy Bears that include character and advertising bears. We also have Mary Turk showing her collection of pyrography, an art form of burning a picture into wood or other material.

Celebrating all that is the City of Sheboygan, we will have John Mattern, a resident of New Mexico, showing parts of his collection of his hometown. Joining him on the topic will be Scott Lewandoske sharing some of his postcard collection and City Historian Bill Wangemann sharing a power point and historic photos of Sheboygan.

Included as well will be John Swart, who will be co-hosting with members of the Mary Deeley family. They will share the unique story and collection of the 1958 accidental strafing by a B-47 of homes in Sheboygan Falls, Oostburg and Hingham.

Finally, Dr. James Carey will be sharing some of his Civil War and World War II battle scene dioramas. He will also be on hand hosting a book signing for his recently completed book on the Civil War Echoes from Home.

“Third Saturdays” start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Guests are welcome any time throughout the day. Lunch is available. The admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 7 to 12. Children ages 6 and under are free. Members and their guests are free.

The event is sponsored in part by H. C. Denison, Kohler Foundation Inc, Sargento Foods Inc, Windsor Family Foundation, Sheboygan Press, Alliant Energy Foundation, Great Lakes Blue Printers and Radio 1420 AM The Breeze. “Third Saturday” programs extend from January through October.


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