Andrew and I took another trip to the Minnesota History Center today and our first stop was my favorite exhibit. Recreated inside one room of the museum is a house. That house, which still stands in East St. Paul, MN, has been home for dozens of Minnesotans, and has echoed the changing landscape of that neighborhood. What I love about the exhibit is the lack of celebrity in its tenants. These are the truly middle class, all but lost in history and painstakenly recovered by the hardworking team of historians at the museum. The Schumachers who built the house were prominent members of society at the time, but their relatives didn't stay around in Minnesota after their parents deaths. After they moved to a new house across the street, they turned the house into a duplex, and later a triplex, thus making it a rental home for decades.
I love that so many "average" americans are memorialized in this exhibit. Just people that worked, had small tragedies, gave birth, moved on. I could spend hours in this exhibit learning about their simple lives, looking through their photos, reading about their passage through the house.
Its everything I love about scrapbooking built into a massive "altered item" that would suck up all the tallypoints if you could post it!
This quote, from Ali Edwards blog, sums up my feelings: