100 Years, 100 Objects
Objects tell stories.
In 2016, the Porter County Museum celebrates its 100th anniversary. To commemorate the event, the Museum opened the exhibit 100 Years, 100 Objects in July of 2015. The Museum has been collecting artifacts for 100 years, since Indiana’s Centennial Celebration in 1916, and this unique exhibit gives the public an inside look at 100 of the objects that make up the Museum’s varied Collection.
Objects reveal the beliefs, values, ideas, behaviors, and attitudes of the people that made and used them, which is why museum collections are vital to the understanding of history. Individual people pass, stories fade, but objects live on as material manifestations of past lives and cultures. Encountering a historical object first hand allows us to re-experience the past in a way no story or textbook ever could. Generations are connected through objects as we look on them and imagine those who handled and used them before us. We look on the objects of our current world differently, as historically created, and wonder about what future generations will think of our behaviors and beliefs.
100 Years, 100 Objects at the Porter County Museum shines light on artifacts in the Collection that have been in storage for many years, or have never been exhibited previously. In 1916, an exhibition of artifacts from throughout Porter County was held for Indiana’s Centennial celebration. When residents neglected to pick up their objects, the Museum Collection was born. For 100 years, Porter County residents have been donating objects to the Museum to educate future generations about the past of Porter County. This exhibit is a testament to the importance our predecessors placed on history and their desire to tell their stories to us.
Finally, 100 Years, 100 Objects provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Collections process. From donation, to processing, cleaning, restoration, storage, and exhibition, visitors will understand how museums preserve the objects entrusted to them, and how they use objects to connect past, present, and future generations.