"Hello, Rose. They (the bells) won't be ringing for you ever again." So goes the final moments of Marilyn Monroe's character in the 1953 thriller movie, Niagara. In this film noir, the bell tower at Niagara Falls played a star part. In fact if you travel to Niagara Falls today, the same bell tower is there, still playing their bells, just not for her.
Bells have played an important part in everyone's lives for centuries. The first bell reportedly was created around 2000 BC. They are everywhere, from church steeples, to teacher desks, to Big Ben in London, to the Conklin Museum's latest exhibit.
We will be celebrating our museum Spring Opening Sunday, May 6, with refreshments, Spring and Mother's Day crafts for children, our new bell exhibit and a book signing event by Ward Rearick.
Last year Phyllis LaChance, a past local resident, donated her personal collection of 84 bells. From small to large, familiar to unique, these bells have their own individual sound. You can visit this new and interesting exhibit from 1 until 5pm. It will be available during our regular museum Sunday hours throughout the summer and fall. Private tours are also available by calling our office at (517)5638927.
In addition to this exhibit, we will also be hosting local author, Ward Rearick. He has written several books about our area's history: The History of the Village of Mosherville, The History of Stoney Point, and his newest book, The History of the Village of Scipio (East Mosherville). Mr. Rearick will be available for book signings at our opening event.
The Heritage Park and the Conklin Museum have many exciting events coming this season. Watch for information on our 4th of July Celebration, Rust 'N Dust in August, Harvest Home and Garden Luncheon in September, Corn Maze in October, and our Christmas Open House with a visit from Santa and his Elves. In addition, the museum is working on a large exhibit called, Memories of Service. This new exhibit coming in October, will spotlight local veterans and their families' memories of the Civil War up through the current conflict. We are looking for artifacts and memories/stories to include. If you would like to participate please call Linda at the Hanover Horton Area Historical Society (517) 563 8927. Or use our email: HHAHS@frontier.com
We are looking forward to a wonderful museum season!