ROCK SPRINGS — The Rock Springs Historical Museum will offer a special holiday themed display for the month of November in the historic City Hall building, 201 B St.
In light of the need for social distancing, museum staff and volunteers have created a display that could be enjoyed through the Fire Station window at the museum. Visitors can only see “A Thanksgiving to Remember” through the bay windows located on Broadway Street. The display will be available for the public to view 24 hours a day through the Nov. 28. The scene is lit between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. for the duration of the display.
“A Thanksgiving to Remember” was an opportunity for staff to pull out their favorite items from the collection and have them on display for the public to enjoy for the month.
“There are dozens of items out,” Rock Springs Historical Museum coordinator Jennifer Messer said in a press release. “People have donated domestic items so generously over the years we had many things to choose from for the display.”
Messer’s favorite contribution to the display is a set of white milk glass 1950s snack plates with matching cups by Federal Glass. This mid-century set is very current to today’s trends, featuring a pastel burst of flowers and leaves.
“The plate is designed to be held in one hand, and hold appetizers and your cup so you can drink and snack with the other. This set makes it effortless to actually enjoy a party without juggling the whole time,” Messer said.
Museum Exhibits Coordinator Janice Brown pulled a fancy German punch bowl that was used for Christmas eggnog at the White Front Bar located on South Front Street during the 1940s. The White Front was owned by James X. and Hilda Harris and James’ brother George Harris between the mid 1930 and the early 1950s. The punch bowl is a large fancy affair, glazed in cream with pink, yellow, green and burgundy flowers with gold trim and added decoration. It represents all the happy get-togethers that people from different backgrounds had here in Rock Springs.
A decorative bunch of Lucite grapes from the 1960s were the favorite item of Richelle Rawlings-Carroll, the Rock Springs Historical Museum’s administrative assistant. She remembers her grandmother had some that were always on display in the kitchen.
“They were bright and heavy, especially the time one of my brothers got hit upside the head with one,” Rawlings-Carroll laughingly said. It turns out they were a do-it-yourself project and a staple in many local homes, adding a splash of color to kitchens and dining rooms across the Western United States.
Some of the other artifacts on display include a 1940s Nesco electric roaster that could hold even the largest turkey, donated by Ed and Rae Dell Varley; a recently donated set of crystal goblets; a tiny portion of a huge salt and pepper shaker collection; vintage aprons donated by Shirley Black; a vintage silver tea set courtesy of the Woman’s Club of Rock Springs, General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Wyoming; men’s reading glasses; a coal scuttle; embroidered tea towels; and records. Visitors are encouraged to look and see how many details they can find.
The Rock Springs Historical Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.