New Truro museum exhibit features child’s play

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Baillie Saunders- Special to the Truro Daily News

TRURO- A century of children’s play captured through the eyes of professional photographers will soon be unveiled at The Colchester Historeum.

Colchester’s Children: 1850s – 1950s is a display that will make its debut just in time for March break.

Elinor Maher, exhibit chairwoman, said the display is designed to capture the essence of photography.

 “Part of the display is to trace the history of photography through children’s pictures,” she said.

The exhibit will open at 2 p.m. on March 8 and will feature more than 50 photographs.

Pictures include children from Five Islands, Truro and other parts of Colchester.

“Because the majority of professional photographers lived in Truro it was much easier for families to photograph their children,” she said.

The earliest photo in the museum collection dates as far back as 1859 from a photographer who opened a studio in Truro.

But information about the photos can be hard to find, said Maher.

“A lot of time we have information on the photograph but other times we just know it’s an adorable little kid,” said Maher.

Many photos are found in the archives while some are also donated or lent to the museum.

“Just today at noon I phoned someone up who had a picture of their father from 1910,” she said.

“In some cases we have the originals but in other cases we have the copies.”

Maher said photos are only part of the exhibit. An arrangement of 19th century baby shoes will be displayed.

“We have adorable baby shoes,” she said.

 “We will put those on as part of the display.”

12 cameras will be in the exhibit to show what cameras where used through out the decades.

Maher said it’s a great way to teach the public history.

“Our goal is always to educate the public,” said Maher.

“To attract people so they see everyone of those pictures give an insight of what it was like in the past.”


Donna Meese, exhibit committee member said it’s an opportunity for children to also play dress up.

“Hopefully families with children will come in and try on a few hats and costumes,” said Meese. “It’ll be nice if they come in to have a look around because March break is coming up.”

The museum will be putting on youth activities in celebration of March break along with the opening of Colchester’s Children exhibit.

 “We’re just hoping people will come in and see what a wonderful collection of photographs and cameras we have,” said Meese. “The collection is not just of Truro but of Colchester.”

Organizations: New Truro museum, Daily News

Geographic location: Truro, Colchester

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