Highland News Leader

Madison County historical museum has new exhibits

Four new temporary mini-exhibits at the Madison County Historical Museum will provide something of interest for everyone in the coming months.

In the front room on the north side of the building is a display celebrating the Centennial of the Madison County Court House and another that shows the contents of a fallout shelter emergency kit from the 1960s. Also sharing the room is a display highlighting research by Assistant Curator Casey Weeks on the City Beautiful Movement in Madison County. Both Alton and Granite City built new city halls during this time period. Weeks incorporated her research information and photographs to create a large poster explaining the local impact of this change in architectural design. To compliment the poster is a glass display case of architectural elements. While none of these items are tied to the City Beautiful Movement, these artifacts connect us to local structures with fascinating stories.

The fourth mini-exhibit is in the large display case in the center hall. This doll exhibit illustrates how some dolls from the past might look mean or seem “creepy” by today’s standards.

Regular hours at the Madison County Historical Museum and Archival Library are Wednesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Both will be closed Friday, Jan. 1 for the New Year’s Day holiday. For additional information, call (618) 656-7569.