GC Historical Society extends museum hours

Shown above are volunteer docents, who will guide visitors around the Grundy Center Historical Society's museum during open hours over the next few months. Back row, from left to right, are: Carol Iverson, Barb Melloy, Neva Jordan, Nadine Van Hauen, Marilyn Myers and Sandy Simms. Front row, from left to right, are: Wendy Muller, Mary Doak and Alice Bergman.

Grundy Center Historical Society’s latest exhibit on the history of Rural Schools in Grundy County was so popular during this year’s Felix Grundy Festival pop up museum, that the Society has decided to extend the exhibit and hold regular museum hours over the next two months.

“The interest we’ve had in the exhibit has been overwhelming,” said Historical Society member Mary Doak. “We thought the exhibit would end after the summer, but we still have people asking about it and bringing in artifacts and photos for us. It’s been a really popular exhibit, so we’re planning some open hours over the next few months.”

Doak says there are 10 local “docents” who have volunteered to help run the museum during open hours over the next few months, guiding visitors through the museum and sharing stories about different rural schools in Grundy County’s past.

Barb Melloy, one of the volunteer docents, says she found herself very interested in the exhibit, and not only wanting to share it with others, but to find out more about the history of rural schools herself.

”It’s a topic I’m interested in and interested in learning more about,” Melloy said.

She added that one reason she thinks it’s so popular is because of the nostalgia of those who attended rural schools. “It’s a phenomenon people identify with; there are a lot of happy memories in these rural schools,” she said. “And for the younger generation, and people who didn’t go to a rural school, they will really never know what it was like.”

For the full story, see this week's Grundy Register.