Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gathering Objects for "Shop Life": Part 2

If you read our last post, you know that the Tenement team has been gathering objects for a new exhibit called "Shop Life" opening later this year. "Shop Life" will tell the stories of the businesses which have been located at 97 Orchard street over the years, starting with the Schneider family's German beer saloon which was in operation from 1864 to 1886.

After the team's field trip to the Brimfield Antique Show, Pamela Keech gathered the staff for a show-and-tell about the museum's new treasures.

The team found an array of domestic goods from the period, including textiles and an oil lamp.

John Schneider was a member of a fraternal society called the Oddfellows. Objects like these would have held symbolic significance for him.

The Schneiders served more than just beer at their saloon--they were also known for great lemonade. Here, Pamela demonstrates a lemon juicer from the time period.

"Shop Life" will also explore the family life of the Schneiders. Here's a German language prayer book from the period.

John Schneider was never without a black umbrella, like this one.

While looking at the objects, we discovered a monogram inscribed on the umbrella's handle, which is made from a beautifully textured branch.

"Shop Life" will also look at the use of the space in the twentieth century, all the way through the 1960's and 70's. The team also selected a 1930's microphone like the one used at the auction house once located at 97 Orchard, and some peace sign sunglasses from the pop art era.

Check back for more updates on "Shop Life" soon! As plans for the exhibit progress we'll have much more to share.

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