The Alburnett Community Historical Society has many treasures in its collection.
“We have many different artifacts in our inventory that our families have given us over the years,” said Chris Moore, the organization’s president.
Wanting to share these with the public, society members organized a year’s worth of displays that would highlight these items.
A military display went up earlier this year, followed by wedding gowns. The latest display — Aprons and Cookie Jars — isn’t something you expect to see in a place dedicated to a town’s history, but Moore says that’s what makes it so special to the community.
“We have one apron, the women who loaned it to us is 93 or 94, and it was her mother’s,” she said.
The stories tied to these items, whether it’s a cookie jar from a Secret Sister gift exchange or a beloved grandmother’s apron, are filled with history.
“Not everyone thinks they have a story to share,” Moore said.
That changes after she asks questions. Suddenly, the cookie jar has a history that highlights a friendship or a family tradition.
Nearly three dozen aprons, and 40-plus cookie jars, are on display, each one with a card sharing its history.
The society didn’t have all of these items on hand. Secretary Sandy Feldmann said there were only three cookie jars on hand when the display was in the planning process. A call went out to the community for items and the public responded.
“Our goal was to help people see what we have, but also get more people involved,” Feldmann said. “The response has been great.”
“We’re just so thrilled with how it turned out,” Moore added.
Aprons and Cookie Jars isn’t the only display society members will showcase in 2013. An antique quilt exhibit will open to the public Nov. 1. It will remain on display until Nov. 24.
Alburnett’s 2012 Centennial signature quilts will be part of the collection.
“We are excited to share this with our community and surrounding communities,” Moore said.