10-09 Museum night

A glimpse inside the Schminck Museum.

Submitted photo | Lake County Examiner

“A Night at the Museums” is open to the public and will be held at the Lake County Museum and the Schminck Memorial Museum on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Lake County Historical Society.

Finger foods and beverages will be served. The evening is suitable and intended for all ages. A $5 suggested donation for those over 12 years of age will be gladly accepted to further support the museums.

The purpose for the evening is to give delight and education about Lake County’s dual and unique museums. Although the event will not be presented as an evening of spooky thrills, the cloak of darkness will add an air of mystery and intrigue. Autumn décor will be added for the evening by Bloomers Country Nursery.

The content of the Lake County Museum runs a scope from ancient Native American tools and artifacts to early settler days to local culture from the more recent past. An ancient Wooly [ML1] Mammoth tusk has recently been freed from its confines in the basement and is on display in the Native American room. During the evening, children (old and young) will be able to drape mink stoles around their shoulders, add a hat from the 40s and 50s era, plus gloves, and have a photo taken. Or, if they prefer, don a cowboy hat, hold a rawhide riata or a bull-whip and pose beside a saddle draped with wooly chaps from Lake County’s early cowboy days.

Next door to the Lake County Museum, the Schminck Memorial Museum is a unique historical experience housed in the original home of Dalph and Lula Schminck. It provides a glimpse into the lives of Lakeview residents during the early 1900s. On display are beautiful pieces of Victorian age furniture, glassware, quilts, clothing, dolls and a display of saddles and guns.

Volunteers will be stationed within both museums to give visitors stories about the exhibits. Visitors can park on E Street in front of the museums and additional parking is available in the lot directly in back which can be accessed from F Street.