Do you like to wander museums and wonder about the people who owned or used the things on display? I've been that way for years. Learning about the Pony Express for the next novel took me to some out-of-the-way museums in Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas. Today I thought I'd share some of the things I saw that provided me a tactile connection to people in the past.
This quilt is on display in Washington, KS and is said to have been made and used by Sophia Hollenberg. The table and pitcher and bowl to the right are also attributed to the Hollenbergs. Sophia and Gerat Hollenberg ran Hollenberg Station, still on its original site and a fascinating place to visit. Thinking of the woman who lived here and who saw literally thousands of covered wagons pass by on the way west, I wonder ... what was that like?
Here is Hollenberg Station today ... walking from the visitor's center to the station, visitors cross the California-Oregon Trail. I imagined creaking wheels and maybe even a child laughing as they trotted along beside the family wagon, heading out after camping between the station and Cottonwood Creek.
The Hollenberg's first station was a log cabin. This is the kind of stove Mrs. Hollenberg cooked on. (My family would have had to endure a lot of second-rate fare while I figured this one out!)
Pony Express Riders were issued tin horns to blow as they approached a station. But the horns weren't really necessary, as sound carried far, and the horns were soon abandoned. This one is on display at the Washington County KS museum.
This wagon attachment is on display at the visitor's center attached to Hollenberg Station in Kansas. Do you know what it is?
What small museum have you visited and loved? Tell us about it!