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Museum transforms into time machine
by L.A. Story
Mar 22, 2017 | 2051 views | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print
IUKA — Tishomingo County’s Old Courthouse Museum will become a time machine transporting people back in time during the third annual Renaissance Day.

The museum located at 203 East Quitman Street in Iuka will be the setting for Renaissance Day 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 15.

“It’s been a hit. This is just an old-timey day. It’s an opportunity for people to come to see how things were made and it’s a laid back setting,” said Cindy Nelson, Executive Director of the Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society and the operating entity of the Tishomingo County Courthouse Museum, which serves as their headquarters.

Among the demonstrations, will be blacksmithing, needlecraft, and leather-working.

“We will have a mountain hunter coming to display his furs. We will have homemakers who will demonstrate canning,” Nelson added.

This year with the Easter holiday, a special visitor will be added in the form of the Easter bunny. Nelson said about 300 Easter eggs will be hidden and prizes will be awarded for some.

Stepping back to a simpler time can be important for children to get in touch with their roots and have a familiarity with entertainments from yesteryear. Nelson said there will be a goat milking contest, which is popular with the children. There will also be a corn hole tournament, horse shoes, stick ball and tug-of-war.

Musical entertainment has been expanded for 2017. While the beautiful sounds of the dulcimers will be heard, there will also be Gospel, Bluegrass and Country music for attendees to enjoy.

Car enthusiasts? There will be about 12 antique cars on display and Nelson said they hope to advance this aspect of the event.

There will be a textile show featured inside the museum.

“We’re having a textile show with old quilts and an apron show throughout the day. People might remember a time when their mother, grandmother or great-grandmother made those items,” said Nelson. “We’re just looking forward to having a great time.”

(For more information, contact Tishomingo County’s Old Courthouse Museum at 62-423-3500.)
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