Quaker Heritage Center to Hold Opening Reception Thursday for 'Journey Stories' Exhibit

Gallery Exhibit Is Focal Point for Month-Long Programming

January 5, 2014

This photograph is part of the

This photograph is part of the "Journey Stories" exhibit.

Wilmington College’s Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center will look at how mobility has shaped American culture in a new exhibit running from Wednesday (Jan. 8) through Feb. 7.

An opening reception for “Journey Stories” will be held Thursday (Jan. 9), at 7:30 p.m. The QHC is located on campus in the Boyd Cultural Arts Center.

Normal gallery hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m.

The gallery exhibit is the centerpiece of a month-long series of “Journey Stories” programming throughout the community.

Curator Ruth Brindle said the United States’ transportation history is much more than the individual modes for movement throughout the past several centuries: boats, buses, cars, wagons and trucks.

“The development of transportation technology was largely inspired by the human drive for freedom,” she said, noting that “Journey Stories” examines the “intersection” between modes of travel and Americans' desire to feel free to move.

“The story is diverse and focused on immigration, migration, innovation and freedom,” she added. “It is a complicated story, but it tells us much about who we are — people who see our societal mobility as a means for asserting our individual freedom.”

The Ohio Humanities Council is responsible for the exhibit’s run at WC. “Journey Stories” is part of the Museum on Main Street’s collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities councils nationwide.

Complementing the exhibit are associated activities being held on campus and in Clinton County.
The Clinton-Massie Branch Library will hold a story time for all ages Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. while Wilmington Public Library will feature two family programs that day, a story time geared toward toddlers at 10 a.m. followed by one for pre-school children at 11 a.m.

Also, the Wilmington Public Library will screen the film American Tail Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

On campus, the Quaker Heritage Center will show the classic Great Depression-era film, The Grapes of Wrath, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the QHC, while the WC Film Club will co-sponsor a movie night featuring The Lucky Ones Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m., in the McCoy Room of the College’s Kelly Center.

On Feb. 1, a musical program, “Travelin’ Songs," will be held featuring the musical duo Purkey-Heys at 9 p.m., in the General Denver Hotel & Pub.

The “Journey Stories” month of events will conclude Feb. 6 with a final movie night featuring The Cats of Mirikitani: Make Art Not War at 7:30 p.m. in the Peace Resource Center, located at the corner of Main and College streets.

All event are free of charge.


Quaker Heritage Center presents "Journey Stories"

Time: 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Location: Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center

Wed., Jan. 8 through Feb. 7…. Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center presents the gallery exhibit “Journey Stories: A Traveling Exhibit from The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Main Street Program,” Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.




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