Reed City museum closes for season
REED CITY — If you haven’t stopped by to see what’s new at the Old Rugged Cross Museum located on the north end of Reed City, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Shortly before summer vacation, a group of youngsters from Reed City Elementary School found out that it’s not exactly what they expected. They were sure you had to go in and be very quiet. You could not touch anything.
You had to listen to what you were told and not break anything. Good rules. But as one of the people who helped with the tour that day said, there are times, with the right adult’s permission, a few rules are meant to be broken.
Not the displays, mind you, but a bit of the rules.
Before their visit ended, they tried on some very old clothing and modeled before a mirror. One said she bet the mirror was even older than her mother. A guide said he knew her other and he bet the mirror was probably even older than her grandma.
Another child held a doll. She didn’t really want to give it up. Still others watched as a model well pumped like “back in the old days just north of town.”
Still others clambered up on an antique fire truck, and suddenly the “do not touch” was preempted by, “here, put this hat on. Want to try the siren?”
And they did. One after another.
They also learned who George Bennard was and why they could sit that day in his living room.
Before they left, the children were reminded that they should never go into another museum or other establishment and touch things without permission, nor here. This was a special day.
One they probably never will forget.
If you haven’t visited there in awhile, do so. Soon. It will close Friday, September 30 for the season.
Please, though, don’t touch. Unless you ask and someone says, “Come here,” and offers perhaps to let you sit on the seat of the fire truck, don a hat, turn the crank and sound the siren.
Or don an old hat, hold a doll once a gift for someone’s grandma or even great-grandma, and smile at a memory all your own straight from the past and found in the mirror.