An Exhibit is Like An Iceberg: Making “How It’s Made: Furnishing the Log House”

While the museum has been closed these last couple months, we’ve been hard at work on getting ready for the upcoming season. Among the many great fun and educational programs and events is our annual temporary exhibit. This year’s temporary exhibit is called “How It’s Made: Furnishing the Log House.” This Log Blog post will look at the process that went into planning the exhibit—a how it’s made of How It’s Made. The exhibit was partly inspired by probate records, which show an unparalleled look into the things that were in people’s homes at the time of their death. Another inspiration was the fact that while very often people see objects in a museum, they rarely hear about how they would have been made—an experience which would have been very different for people living here in the Log House in the eighteenth century. The collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century domestic items that housed at the Morgan Log House is very expansive, including many examples of textiles, furniture, books, and ephemera. A set of criteria was selected for the objects:  they had to tell a story that connected the Morgan Log House to the wider world and they had to have a connection to the modern day. Choosing objects is the hard part of the exhibit—it’s where part of the curating comes in. The boundaries of the historical story that you want to tell with an exhibit are set based on the objects that are inside. “How It’s Made” tells a story of domestic life, but domestic life for the families that would have lived here. Farm tools are...

Morgan Descendants Reunion Weekend July 16th-17th

 The Morgan’s were pinnacle in the settling of Towamencin Township by 1727, important in helping to found Gwynedd Quaker Meeting by 1712, and also were important in helping to settle early American through their grandson, Daniel Boone’s role. To honor to highlight the great role this fascinating family played locally, regionally, and nationally, we are hosting a Morgan Reunion Weekend July 16th-17th. Throughout the weekend we will be hosting onsite Welsh-heritage demonstrations and workshops, from cooking to Welsh language introduction we will bring the Morgan’s heritage to life.  We also are partnering with regional sites and organizations who will be offering special activities or tours for that weekend as well. Full details of the entire weekend’s events both onsite and offsite can be found on our “Event” tab under July 16th & 17th.  Members of the Morgan Log House are Free. To join as a Member, follow our Membership section under the “Join” tab on our website. We also have details on special lodging and dining offers for those in town for the Morgan Reunion Weekend. Contact Sarah at sdisantis@morganloghouse.org and ask to be placed on the email list for notifications about...