THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Tales from the old-timer
By Jane Thibodeau Martin,
daughter of the Old-Timer
While on a visit to Peshtigo last week my family toured the Peshtigo Fire Museum. Its been at least 20 years since I last visited, and my children have never been there or at least not that they remembered. We truly enjoyed our visit.
The two ladies who were the hostesses during our visit were friendly but not obtrusive. They quickly pointed out the actual fire artifacts and clarified the rest of the museum was composed of period pieces or curiosities from the area. I remembered and found the little cabinet from my Great-Aunt Aldas household, and my children found a childs hair curler donated by my Step-Grandmother Rosella Thibodeau.
My husband and son enjoyed looking at the old logging equipment and tools and I was interested in the vintage Thompson runabout and dugout canoe. Everything was tidy and organized, and there was really something for everyone to take an interest in.
On our drive home, my daughter and I were playing a game of trying to guess which items in the museum actually had the most value. Both of us suspected a very old wool baseball jersey would be one of them, but it was a challenging game. Vintage boats have a market - and some of the large china pieces displayed appeared to be very old.
My suggestion to the volunteer group that maintains the museum is to find a good generalized antiques expert, have him or her determine the ten most valuable (on todays market) items in the museum. Then sell tickets to a wine and cheese night, with a contest to see which patron can identify the most items actually on the experts list. Offer the winner $100, and I bet you could raise several thousand dollars easily.
If I am east of the Mississippi at the time, Id gladly pay to attend an event like that! Let me put my time watching Antiques Roadshow to the test.
If you have not been to the museum, please consider a visit. They are supported by donations and its well worth a couple of hours!