Quaker Heritage Center Exhibit to Present ‘Behind the Scenes’ Look

January 13, 2015

Display Being Held in Preparation for 10th Anniversary Exhibit Next Fall

The Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center at Wilmington College has for nearly 10 years provided a unique look at both Friends and topics from a Friends perspective through its gallery exhibits. Its latest attraction will show how it’s done.

The QHC will present “Behind the Scenes: What Happens at the Quaker Heritage Center?” Jan. 12 through July 31.

The display will feature a peak at the everyday work of the museum and include artifacts not usually on display, information on the research process and details on how staff cares for the priceless, historic treasure entrusted to the center.

The exhibit is being presented in preparation for next fall’s 10th anniversary celebration.

Also on display through July will be “A Quaker Journey Story,” which depicts the sojourn in 1828 by the Walthall family — ancestors of Meriam Hare — from their home in Gravely Run, Va., to Ohio.

In the late 1880s, almost 60 years after their journey, William Walthall recalled in his memoir the trip he experienced as a child. Viewers will have the opportunity to gain insight into the Walthall family’s adventure through William’s words and family artifacts and treasures.

Regular gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by special arrangements made by curator Ruth Brindle. Also, the gallery will be open the last Saturday of each month, from noon to 5 p.m., and with extended hours Jan. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. for the Martin Luther King Day program, and three Tuesdays in January (12, 20 and 27), from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.