Archives hosts WSU Discovery Camp Visitors

On June 14, we hosted some special “little” visitors from one of Wright State’s Discovery Camps. The students, ranging in age from approximately 8 to 10, are participating in the “Night at the Museum Camp,” wherein they will create their own museum at the end of the week. They visited Special Collections and Archives in order to learn more about how archival materials can be used to help tell the stories that bring a museum to life.

The next day, we received thank-you notes from the students. Judging from the contents of these notes, some of their favorite items during the tour were “the old trophy with the giant bat” (the Michelin Trophy, shown below) and the Wright Brothers’ report cards, both of which were mentioned by multiple students.

Here are some photographs of our WSU Discovery Camp visitors:

Learning about the Michelin trophy (photo courtesy of the camp teacher)

Learning about the Michelin trophy (photo courtesy of the camp teacher)

Checking out our small exhibit of Jewish artifacts (photo courtesy of the camp teacher)

Checking out our small exhibit of Jewish artifacts (photo courtesy of the camp teacher)

Piece of Dayton-Wright Airplane fabric alongside photographs of women sewing the same at the factory in 1910 (photo courtesy of the camp teacher)

Piece of Dayton-Wright Airplane fabric alongside photographs of women sewing the same at the factory in 1910 (photo courtesy of the camp teacher)

Hearing the story behind Katharine Wright's pressed flowers collection

Hearing the story behind Katharine Wright’s pressed flowers collection

Checking out some of the Wright Brothers' many medals and awards

Checking out some of the Wright Brothers’ many medals and awards

Inspecting the report cards of the young Wrights

Inspecting the report cards of the young Wrights

Testing out the stereopticon viewer (always a crowd pleaser!)

Testing out the stereopticon viewer (always a crowd pleaser!)

Photographs were taken by SCA staff unless otherwise noted. Photographs taken by the camp’s teacher were used with permission. All students signed waivers allowing their photos to be used in university publicity materials.

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SCA closed July 11-15

Planning a research visit? We’d love to see you! But please note:

Special Collections & Archives will be closed to the public from Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 15, 2016.

During this time, we will be performing some large-scale collection management activities.

We will re-open Monday, July 18th, and resume our normal summer break hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m) at that time.

We apologize for any inconvenience!

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New Acquisition: 1927 Delco Light Frigidaire Convention Badge

Today we received a donation of this 1927 Delco Light Frigidaire Convention badge with attached ribbon:

Delco Light Frigidiare Convention badge ribbon 1927 (accession 16-46)

Delco Light Frigidiare Convention badge ribbon 1927 (accession 16-46)

The donor stated that the badge belonged to her father-in-law, H. H. McLellan, who sold Delco Light plants in Nebraska. She said it was probably “a great thrill” for him to visit the convention, which was likely held in “faraway Dayton.”

This item constitutes accession number 16-46 and will soon be assigned a collection number as well.

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